Institutional financial aid policies and decisions regarding departmental aid vary from one academic program or department to another. Applicants should be aware that departmental assistantships and scholarships are limited. Second-year students who have had a chance to demonstrate their abilities to their department may be given preference for these awards in some programs. An email notification will be sent to the student indicating that the financial aid award is ready to be viewed in myMILLS via the Mills Resource Portal. Please note that there is no institutional financial assistance available for work toward the biochemistry and molecular biology certificate, nor for students who are taking the prerequisite courses for the MBA and the MPP Programs at the reduced course rate.
Students should contact the individual departments directly for information regarding departmental aid.
Most graduate programs award a small number of assistantships to select students on a competitive basis. Graduate assistants serve their department for a minimum of 12 and normally not more than 20 hours per week for a full assistantship. The work each student performs depends on specific departmental needs, academic programs, and the student's areas of expertise. Assistants may help tutor or coach undergraduates and serve as assistants to faculty, as laboratory and audiovisual assistants, or as teachers in the Children's School. The full graduate assistantship provides one-half tuition credit and a stipend, which is taxable income. Some departments require a departmental assistantship application. Many graduate departments choose to select second-year graduate students with whose work and needs they are more familiar. However, the individual academic departments are under no obligation to award or guarantee an award to any student.
Alumnae Tuition Scholarships
These graduate student scholarships were originally funded from donations by Mills alumnae. These scholarships are awarded based on criteria determined by each academic department.
In addition to the departmental assistantships, the Art Department offers the following named awards: the Catherine Morgan Trefethen Fellowship, the Sara Lewis Graduate Fellowship, the Nell Sinton Scholarship, and the H. Middleton Fellowship. In addition, the Evelyn V. Staton Fellowship in Fine Arts may provide a scholarship for graduate work of African American students studying art or music.
In addition to partial tuition departmental assistantships and alumnae scholarships, the English Department offers two special graduate assistantships that cover full tuition for the two- and three-year programs. The Assistantship in Poetics and Community Engagement is awarded to an incoming graduate student who proposes an innovative project that engages with poetry and community outreach; the Graduate Assistantship in Narrative and Community Engagement is awarded to an incoming graduate student who proposes an innovative project that links narrative practice and community outreach. Full description and application instructions for these two assistantships, and others, can be found at on the English Department's graduate tuition and financial aid page.
The Elizabeth Mills Crothers Fellowship in Music, founded in 1923 by Mrs. William H. Mills as a memorial to her daughter, is awarded annually to a candidate for the degree of master of arts or master of fine arts who shows unusual creative ability in music. The Robert Maas Memorial Scholarship for students of violoncello and the Antonia Menaglia Scholarship for students of piano are awarded to candidates for the master of fine arts degree in music performance and literature. The Evelyn V. Staton Fellowship in Fine Arts may provide scholarships for graduate work of African American students studying music or art.
Post-baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate Program
Students entering the program are not eligible to apply for teaching assistantships in biology, chemistry, or physics until they have completed a full academic year at Mills. A small amount of alumnae scholarship aid is available to students entering the program. Students completing the program and entering medical school are eligible to receive Scheffler Pre-Medical Science Scholarships. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of merit by a faculty committee.
Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business
The Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business offers numerous scholarships and grants including the Barbara Wolfe MBA Fellowship, established in 2000, the Barbara Pinnell McClelland MBA Scholarship, and the Jean and Y. H. Kwong Fellowship to assist MBA students.
School of Education
The School of Education offers numerous scholarships in addition to the departmental assistantships and alumnae tuition scholarships described above. These include the Open the Gate Robert Noyce Teacher Scholar Program for teaching credential students in mathematics and science, the Flora Foundation Scholarship for teachers of color, and the Alameda County First Five/Every Child Counts Scholarship for students in the Leadership in Early Childhood Program. Further information about financial aid opportunities and resources may be found on the School of Education website.
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