Costs and Financial Aid

The estimated total tuition and fees for the Masters in Public Policy program for 2016-2017 depend on whether a student is in-state or out-of-state as shown in the table below. Annual tuition and fees are divided evenly between the fall and spring terms. In addition to these annual costs, all MPP students are charged a one-time Student Activity fee of $400.00.

Estimated Tuition and Fees for the Masters in Public Policy Program, 2016-2017
In-State Students
Tuition $20,000
Technology Fee $50
Student Faculty Fee $5
State Building Fee $0
Facility Fee $400
HEETF Fee $15
General Fee $2100
Total $22,570
Out-of-State Students
Tuition $30,000
Technology Fee $50
Student Faculty Fee $5
State Building Fee $265
Facility Fee $400
HEETF Fee $30
General Fee $2100
Total $32,750

Please note that tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 academic year are estimates. Tuition and fees are not fixed until approved by the W&M Board of Visitors, usually in April of each year.

Joint degree students pay three semesters of MPP tuition and the remaining semesters in the other program.

Living expenses will vary depending on the type of accommodations (e.g., graduate student housing, off-campus apartment or shared home, etc.) but tend to average around $16,000 per year.

Financial Aid 

We understand that pursuing a graduate degree in Public Policy requires a substantial investment of both time and resources. Based on the experience of our alumni, this investment in your future will pay off in the long-run. However, to assist you in obtaining your degree, we do offer a number of types of financial assistance. In fact, most of our MPP students, both domestic and international, receive merit-based assistantships (a mix of scholarships and assistantships) that considerably reduce the cost of obtaining the MPP.

All students are automatically considered for financial aid - you do not have to do anything additional to be considered. Financial aid offers are typically made for two academic years of study, conditional upon satisfactory coursework progress during the first year.

In addition to the usual merit-based financial aid awards, we do offer the following named fellowships targeted at students pursuing particular courses of study, which are among our most generous financial packages. To be considered for one or more of these targeted awards, candidates should address their qualifications for each as part of the application, based on the descriptions below.

Bolin Fellowships

Named after Jane M. Bolin, the first female African-American judge in the United States, and awarded in collaboration with the National Center for State Courts, this fellowship is intended for members of underrepresented populations enrolled in the joint MPP/JD program. In rare cases it may be awarded to MPPs who have not been admitted to the Law School, but who express an intention to do so and are likely candidates for admission. Bolin Fellows receive generous financial support during their MPP and Law coursework and a paid internship at the National Center for State Courts the summer following completion of the first year MPP curriculum. Normally, one Bolin Fellowship is awarded annually, so there may be as many as four Bolin Fellows simultaneously.

Dodd Fellowship

Funded by Giles Dodd, this fellowship is awarded biannually to support an MPP student interested in issues of state and local policy.

Schroeder Fellowships

Funded by L. Clifford and Lois Schroeder, each Schroeder fellow is an MPP student with an active interest in health policy. Typically assigned a healthcare policy assistantship, including work at the Schroeder Center for Healthcare Policy, the Schroeder Fellow is an individual interested in a possible career in healthcare policy. Conference attendance, professional association membership, and other expenses may be covered in addition to stipend payments as part of this fellowship. Typically, one or two Schroeder Fellowships will be awarded annually.

Verkuil Fellowship

Funded by a gift from Paul Verkuil, former president of William and Mary, this fellowship is intended to support a joint MPP/JD student during the MPP phase of the joint degree program. As is the case with Bolin Fellows, the typical Verkuil Fellow is interested in a career at the juncture of law and policy. One Verkuil Fellowship is awarded biannually.

Trice Fellowships (for current William and Mary undergraduates only)

Funded by a generous gift from Susan and Robert Trice, applications for a Trice Fellowship are limited to current William and Mary juniors with an interest in international policy issues and the accelerated degree program. The successful applicant will receive support for a joint student-faculty research project in the summer following his or her junior year and, upon successful completion of a mix of MPP and undergraduate courses in the senior year, will receive the BA. Each Trice Fellow will then receive a full tuition waiver and generous stipend support for a fifth year of study, and be conferred the MPP upon successful completion of this fifth year of coursework.

Students using G.I. Bill Benefits

As is the case with all federal programs, W&M follows the guidance from the federal government in terms of the details and how to assist you in getting your benefits. Please visit the Veteran's Benefits page for more details on how to use your veteran's benefits at W&M.