Admissions and Financial Aid

National Service Scholarships

At Heller, our students are driven by their missions and passion for social justice and service. One in five of our American students has a background in national service: Peace Corps, AmeriCorps State and National, City Year, Teach for America, AmeriCorps Vista, and AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps).

AmeriCorps Scholarships

The Heller School is pleased to offer guaranteed partial-tuition scholarships of at least 50% to AmeriCorps alumni admitted to one of the following Heller Degree Programs: 

Heller AmeriCorps scholarships exceed the match provided through the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Match Program. The application fee will be waived for all AmeriCorps alumni.

City Year Scholarships

The Heller School is pleased to offer guaranteed partial-tuition scholarships of at least 50% to City Year alumni admitted to one of our master’s degree programs. The application fee will be waived for all City Year alumni.

Commonwealth Corps Scholarships

The Heller School is pleased to offer guaranteed partial-tuition scholarships of at least 50% to Commonwealth Corps alumni admitted to one of the following Heller Degree Programs:

The application fee will be waived for all Commonwealth Corps alumni.

Peace Corps Scholarships

The Heller School guarantees all RPCVs admitted to a master's degree program a scholarship of at least 60% tuition. The scholarship amount a student is awarded will be reflected in the acceptance letter. 

In addition, The Heller School is pleased to announce five 100% tuition scholarships for RPCVs admitted to Heller for each fall term. Each of the following master’s degree programs will award one 100% tuition scholarship to an RPCV:

Decisions letters will specify any Heller awards or scholarships received. Please note: applicants who are not selected will not be notified.

Learn more about our RPCV scholarships! 

Meet a few of our service alumni: 

Zari Havercome ’16, MBA/MA SID’22

AmeriCorps and Peace Corps

“Shirley Chisholm said, ‘Service is the rent you pay to live on earth.' I want to support communities that are disenfranchised, under-resourced, taken advantage of—the people experiencing cyclical poverty and hunger. We have come too far for people to still suffer from things they don’t have to.”

Elizabeth Nguyen, MBA/SID'20

Elizabeth Nguyen, MBA/MA SID'20 (VIDEO)

Peace Corps

There's a huge Peace Corps community here [at Heller]. If you walk anywhere on campus, you'll notice everyone is either Peace Corps or AmeriCorps or City Year, which is a really nice community to have. The fact that we are service driven is obvious in every classroom and I really love that part about Heller.
Joel Pugh, MBA'20

Joel Pugh, MBA'20

AmeriCorps

“I did two terms of AmeriCorps, and I absolutely loved it. It completely changed my life,” says Pugh. “It was my first job, and I got to meet people who were different from me, which was a big deal having growing up in this very rural, shut-off part of the country. It taught me about myself, about other people, about intersectionality. That experience instilled a sense of social justice in me.”

Charlie Stoever, MBA'22

Peace Corps

“I want to empower people, especially LGBTQ folks, people of color, to dive into finance and learn about financial literacy. When COVID caused the stock market to dive, people like me who were financially literate could take advantage of lower-priced stocks, while millions were applying for unemployment.”