The Postbaccalaureate degree program is a fee-based, or self-sustaining,undergraduate program administered through University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education (UWPCE). Postbaccalaureate, or fifth year, students register for all courses and pay the established program fees through UWPCE on a quarterly basis. Students in the Postbaccalaureate degree program are eligible for the same undergraduate student services as individuals in Washington state-funded programs with the exception of financial aid. Financial aid is limited for postbaccalaureate students and typically in the form of student loans.

1) Non Refundable Deposit

Once accepted, all new students must submit a $500 deposit to UWPCE to secure a space in the program. Initial acceptance notifications are emailed in late March / early April. The mandatory $500 deposit is applied toward the first quarter tuition total, but is due immediately at the time of acceptance . Entering postbaccalaureate students may not wait until financial aid is distributed to submit the deposit.

2) Instructional Fees / Tuition

Unlike other academic programs at the University that are funded by the state of Washington, different "in-state" and "out-of-state" tuition rates are not assessed for fee-based programs. Rather, there is an established instructional fee that students pay for the degree program no matter their residency status. Please note that the instructional fee covers only the postbaccalaureate program curriculum. The instructional fee does not include the cost of textbooks or materials and is subject to change. Any non-program courses taken outside of the department will also result in additional tuition charges.

3) University Fees

All UW students are responsible for the following University fees:

  • Building fee - A fee paid to offset security, maintenance and utilities (included in the tuition rate).
  • Registration fee - A nonrefundable fee paid each quarter to UW PCE at the time of registration. For Summer 2019 the Registration Fee is $45. However starting Autumn 2019 and for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year the fee will be $55.
  • Student Technology fee - This fee supports the improvement of technology used by students at the University of Washington campuses. The Student Technology Fee Committee determines the expenditure of this fee. Students at the UW lead the committee, which allocates money for technology resources for general student use. The fee is paid quarterly.
  • Services & Activities (S&A) fee - This fee is a student levied and distributed fee to support and enhance student activities and programs at the UW, including the Associated Students of UW (ASUW), the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS), Campus Sustainability Fund, Childcare Assistance Program, Classroom Support Services, Counseling Center, Ethnic Cultural Center & Theater Complex, Hall Health Primary Care Center, Q Center, Recreational Sports Programs, Husky Union Building, Student Legal Services, and Student Publications. The fee is paid quarterly.
  • IMA Bond fee – This fee supports the expansion of the Intramural Activities (IMA) building and improvements to recreational sports programs facilities including construction of a multi-activity sports field and renovation of the golf driving range. The fee is paid quarterly.
  • U-Pass / Transportation fee – This fee is mandatory for all registered and enrolled UW Seattle campus students. Refunds on this fee are no longer available. The fee is paid quarterly.
  • Facilities Renovation Fee – This fee supports the UW Seattle campus renovations for the Husky Union Building (HUB), Ethnic Cultural Center and the Hall Health Primary Care Center. The fee is paid quarterly.

Postbaccalaureate Degree Program
Tuition & Fee Information 

2018-2019 Academic Year

The Postbaccalaureate degree program consists of 64 required credits taken over the course of 5 quarters. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the instructional fees/tuition for the program are calculated at a $360 per credit rate. Please note that tuition and program fees are subject to change.


Summer Quarter 18






Autumn Quarter 18






Winter Quarter 19






Spring Quarter 19






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2019-2020 Academic Year

The Postbaccalaureate degree program has a new tuition structure for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students will pay a fixed tuition rate each quarter of the program. Students are not charged on a per credit basis, but pay the same tuition rate each quarter, regardless of the number of credits in which they enroll.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the instructional fee/tuition for the program is $4500 per quarter, and the total tuition for the program is $18,000. This tuition covers the required and elective courses offered over the course of 4 quarters, but is exclusive of UW fees, textbooks or other materials. The UW Office of Planning and Budgeting has not yet released the fee schedule for 2019-2020, but please check back in May. Please note that tuition and program fees are subject to change.

If for any reason a student registers for less than a full-time credit load, he/she will still be charged the fixed tuition rate. There is no part-time or per-credit rate available for this degree program per our contractual arrangements with UWPCE and the University of Washington. The fixed tuition rate also covers ONLY the approved Postbaccalaureate coursework. If students want to register for other UW courses that are not part of the Postbac required or elective curriculum, they will be charged additional tuition.