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Financial Aid Overview

Funding your graduate degree may be the biggest investment you ever make in yourself and your career, and the Heller School is committed to helping you navigate the process.  Data has shown that graduate school can make a difference in an individual’s level of success, but it is essential that you have a plan in place to finance your education.  All master’s degree students should expect to finance their own living expenses and a portion of their tuition.

The Heller School offers a range of merit-based scholarships and can direct you to outside scholarships, loans and payment plans.  All of these resources are explained in detail on this website.

Heller Scholarships

Heller offers generous merit-based scholarships. Every applicant is automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship, and will be notified of his or her award at the time of admission. No additional forms are required to be considered for a merit-based scholarship.

Heller offers a number of program-specific fellowships and scholarships. Unlike our merit-based scholarships, an additional essay may be required to be considered for these opportunities. Learn more here.

We're also pleased to offer a variety of scholarships to applicants with a background in national service, including Peace Corps and AmeriCorps. Learn more here.

External Funding

It is important to start your research on outside scholarships early.  We offer extensive lists for U.S. citizens and international students to explore, but we suggest that you also do an extensive web search yourself using related search words (graduate school aid, scholarship opportunities, international student loans, etc.).  Think about how you identify yourself.  This can lead to some smaller pockets of money that are designated to specific groups available through advocacy organizations and/or foundations.  Some examples are women’s organizations and ethnic organizations.

International Students

All international students are considered for Heller merit-based scholarships. To complement any scholarships you may receive from us, we strongly recommend that you explore additional funding sources. First begin your search by visiting our International Student Funding page. We also recommend contacting EducationUSAa U.S. Department of State network of advising centers across the world whose primary goal is to assist international students who are interested in studying in the U.S. The EducationUSA office in your country is the best source of scholarships for students from your country.

Borrow Smart (Student Loans and Payment Plan)

Use the Borrow Smart tool available on the Student Financial Services website.  Be realistic about all your options.  Not everyone finds a way to fully fund their graduate education through scholarships.  Explore loan options as well as scholarship opportunities.  Borrow Smart allows you to see the different repayment schedules each loan offers.

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