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. Students who have been awarded institutional financial aid are notified by email when 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 typically serve their department for a minimum of 5 hours per week 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. 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 Hung Liu Endowed Fellowship, 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 an African American student studying art or music.
In addition to partial tuition departmental assistantships and alumnae scholarships, the English Department offers a small number of competitive fellowships in Writing and Community Engagement to applicants entering the MFA and MA programs in the Department. These fellowships cover full tuition for the two- and three-year programs. Under the mentorship of Mills' renowned faculty, recipients will have the unique experience of pursuing their graduate degree while designing and implementing a writing-related community project. Full descriptions and application instructions for these two assistantships, and others, can be found at on the English Department's graduate tuition and financial aid page.
In addition to departmental assistantships and merit-based scholarships, the Music Department offers music lesson scholarships for performers and composers to help defray the costs of lessons. The Evelyn V. Staton Fellowship in Fine Arts may provide a scholarship for an African American student 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 partial tuition alumnae scholarships, including the Barbara Wolfe MBA Fellowship, the Barbara Pinnell McClellend MBA Scholarship, and the Jean and Y.H. Kwong Fellowship. Limited Graduate Assistantships may also be offered. MBA students targeting the corporate sector may also be considered for a Forté Foundation Fellowship, specifically designed to advance women in business. Please contact the department to learn more.
School of Education
Applicants to the School of Education may be eligible for numerous external sources of financial aid, described on the School of Education website.
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