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 offers generous merit-based scholarships. Every applicant is considered for a merit-based scholarship, and will be notified of his or her award at the time of admission.
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.
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 EducationUSA, a 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.