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Tuition, Scholarships & Grants

Tuition fees at IWP are competitive, reflecting a commitment to affordable education. Also, IWP offers both merit- and need-based scholarships. Jump to: Tuition & Fees Tuition Discounts Scholarships

Tuition & Fees

IWP charges tuition by the number of credit hours pursued each semester. Therefore, students are free to pursue as many or as few classes per semester as their schedules permit without encountering a financial penalty.

In-Person M.A. and Certificate Programs
1 credit hour$1,300
Four-credit course$5,200
Two-credit course$2,600
Master’s degree with 52 credits ($33,800 per year for two years)$67,600
Professional M.A. with 36 credits$46,800
Executive Master’s degree with 28 credits$36,400
*Language courses are $650 per credit hour.
Online M.A. and Certificate Programs
1 credit hour$650
Four-credit course$2,600
Two-credit course$1,300
Master’s degree with 52 credits ($16,900 per year for two years)$33,800
Professional M.A. with 36 credits$23,400
Certificate of Graduate Study with 20 credits$13,000
Doctoral Program
1 credit hour$1,300
Four-credit course$5,200
Two-credit course$2,600
Doctorate with 52 credits$67,600
Cost to Audit Classes (Non-credit)
1 credit hour$650
Four-credit course$2,600
Two-credit course$1,300
Note: Auditing is not offered at the doctoral level.
Additional Fees
Student Services Fee (In Person, Fall & Spring)$200
Student Services Fee (In Person, Summer)$100
Student Services Fee (Online)$100
Matriculation Deposit*$600
Late Registration Fee (M.A. Students)*$500
Late Registration Fee (Doctoral & Certificate Programs)*$100
Online Students Technology Fee (Price Per Semester)$100
Graduation Fee$250
* Matriculation Deposit: All students admitted to the Institute (regardless of program) must pay a non-refundable $600 matriculation deposit to secure their admission. This deposit is due upon acceptance of admission and is credited toward the first semester’s tuition balance. Active duty or reserve military do not need to pay the matriculation deposit.
*Late Registration Fee: The fee for registering after the first day of class is $500 for M.A. students and $100 for others.
*Technology Fee: $100 per semester, students in online programs only

IWP is committed to serving our veterans.

Tuition Discounts

IWP offers a reduced tuition rate for the following individuals. These discounts are applicable for those enrolled in both full-time and part-time status.

  • Civilian personnel directly employed by the U.S. Federal Government in full-time status (excepting personnel employed as interns).
  • Sworn or civilian law enforcement individuals.
  • Active-duty military service members.
  • Military spouses/partners who can provide IWP with their Military Dependent ID.
Discounted Price for Qualified Students*
1 credit hour, in person programs$1,300$1,100
1 credit hour, online programs$650$500

Scholarships

Scholarships for Full-Time Students

Full-time students take 10 or more credits per semester.

These scholarships were established by Louis DeJoy and Amb. Aldona Woś in 2017. They are awarded to qualified M.A. students who are attending IWP full time (10 credits or more per semester). These scholarships cover up to full tuition per semester. These grants are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee based on admissions application materials and/or a scholarship application package (for returning students). Recipients will be expected to succeed academically, be active members of the IWP community, and be dedicated to the spirit of service and civic duty.

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IWP Great Statesman Scholarships are awarded to outstanding prospective and current students at the discretion of the Institute’s Scholarship Committee based on application materials and/or the quality of scholarship of current students.

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Each year, the Institute may award a limited number of full-tuition grants to highly qualified M.A. applicants who most fully embody the mission of the Institute. Recipients of this award must be enrolled in at least ten credit hours per semester. These grants are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee based on admissions application materials and/or a scholarship application package (for returning students).

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The Institute awards to qualified M.A. students a limited number of competitive scholarships that cover up to $9,000 off tuition per semester. Recipients of this award must be enrolled in at least ten credit hours per semester. These grants are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee based on admissions application materials and/or a scholarship application package (for returning students).

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The Institute awards to qualified M.A. students a limited number of competitive scholarships that cover $6,600 off tuition per semester. Recipients of this award must be enrolled in at least ten credit hours per semester. These grants are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee based on admissions application materials and/or a scholarship application package (for returning students).

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M.A. applicants who do not qualify for a Presidential or Statesman Scholarship may be considered for the Institute Scholarship, which covers $4,400 off tuition per semester. Recipients of this award must be enrolled in at least ten credit hours per semester. These grants are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee based on admissions application materials and/or a scholarship application package (for returning students).

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Scholarships for Part-Time or Full-Time Students

These scholarships were established by Marjorie Hayes in honor of her husband, Joe C. Hayes. They are awarded to qualified M.A. students who are attending IWP at least part time (6 or more credits per semester). These scholarships cover between $1,100 and $3,300 off tuition per semester.  These grants are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee based on admissions application materials and/or a scholarship application package (for returning students).

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This scholarship was established in honor of the late Tom Atwood, who formerly served as Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement at IWP. This scholarship is awarded to qualified M.A. students who are attending IWP at least part time (6 or more credits per semester). These grants are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee based on admissions application materials and/or a scholarship application package (for returning students).

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Scholarship Deadline

If you are a new applicant for the MA program, you must submit your completed M.A. application according to the following deadlines (you do not need to submit a separate scholarship application):

SemesterDeadline
Spring 2024November 15
Summer and Fall 2024Rolling admissions through August 1, 2024

If you are a returning student who wishes to be re-considered for a scholarship (and you have completed at least 16 credit hours), you must submit the Scholarship Application Form by the same deadlines above.

Federal Student Loans

If you are applying for federal student loans, please remember to complete the FASFA documents for each academic school year. For questions regarding financial aid, please email TJ Snowden (financialaid@iwp.edu).

FAQs

Is IWP accredited?
Yes, on June 22, 2006, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, or MSCHE (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215-662-5606), granted accreditation to the school. IWP is accredited through the 2029-2030 academic year. The Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt educational institution, and is licensed by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission. In addition, IWP is certified to operate from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). IWP has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.
Can I change between programs?
Certificate-enrolled and current or prior continuing education students are not guaranteed admission into the degree program. Students wishing to apply to the M.A. program must follow the M.A. application instructions, which require the submission of additional and updated materials by certain deadlines. No more than five courses taken prior to the granting of degree status may be credited toward the degree, and only if the grades received are B or higher. An exception will be made for students who have taken courses prior to January 2001: all of their courses — with a B or better grade — may be credited toward the degree.
How long will it take me to earn my Master’s degree?
The IWP Master’s degree consists of 52 credit hours (12 four-credit courses plus 2 two-credit courses), which can be easily completed in two academic years for full-time students (3-4 courses per semester).  Many of our students prefer to study part-time or alternate between full-time and part-time status; the Institute’s registration and tuition procedures make this an extremely easy transition.
What are IWP’s TOEFL requirements?
The results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language are required from students whose native language is not English, except for those who have completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited English language institution of higher learning or are serving as foreign diplomat in an embassy. For those taking the TOEFL, a minimum score of 600 for the paper-based exam or 95 for the Internet-based exam is required; scores can be no more than two years old.
Does IWP accept international students?
The Institute provides information and assistance to admitted international students in need of student visas (provided they meet eligibility requirements). International students should contact the Registrar’s Office at 202-462-2101 for information on visa requirements. You may also want to peruse the website for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  “International students in need of a Social Security card may apply online, but will need to visit a local Social Security Administration office to complete the process. The Washington, D.C. office is located at 2100 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037. Phone: 800-772-1213.