We are fully committed to ensuring that a Mills education is within reach for those who have the desire and the qualifications to attend. Our costs are competitive with other colleges of our caliber, and we provide access to a range of financial aid, including scholarships and loans. Some are funded by Mills directly, and others are state and federal programs.
To learn more about applying for financial aid at Mills and access downloadable forms and applications, visit the Mills graduate financial aid page. For tuition, fee, and payment information, visit graduate tuition and fees.
Financial Aid Resources
We recognize that financial considerations are an important part of your decision to apply to the School of Education and we hope the following is useful to our applicants:
FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required if you want to be considered for any form of need-based financial aid from Mills College; in addition, this application determines your eligibility for federal loan programs. Although the FAFSA deadline is in March, those who apply for admission by the December or January application deadlines should submit the FAFSA by February 1; those who apply for admission on a rolling basis after these deadlines should submit the FAFSA as soon as possible.
Mills Sources of Aid
Scholarships: The School of Education awards individual scholarships, based on both merit and financial need, to most students. Applicants who submit a FAFSA by the deadlines described above and indicate on the supplemental application form their interest in a Mills scholarship will be considered for any type of scholarship for which they are eligible.
Assistantships: New students enrolled in our Early Childhood Education Programs (ECE) are usually offered assistantships at the Children’s School. A limited number of research assistantships are offered in exchange for work under the supervision of a Mills faculty member; these are usually awarded to continuing students in our programs. Applicants who complete a FAFSA and indicate on the graduate application form their interest in a departmental assistantship will be considered for such based on their qualifications and interests.
Specialized Programs: Any applicant to the mathematics or science teaching credential programs who was a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) major as an undergraduate may be eligible for the Oakland Urban Teacher Residency Program. This program provides up to $110,000 in financial support through full-tuition scholarships for the completion of a teaching credential and a master's degree in teaching as well as four years of salary supplements while employed by OUSD. Please see the program description for more details.
Math or science credential students may also be eligible for fellowships from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. This program offers both financial and professional support for five years.
Early Childhood Education students may qualify for a Witkin Assistantship, made available from the Witkin Fund. All new and continuing ECE students who are eligible for an assistantship at the Children's School will be automatically considered.
Teach for America and AmeriCorps alumni may be eligible for a $10,000 annual scholarship if admitted to the Joint MBA/MA in Educational Leadership Program, or for a $5,000 annual scholarship if admitted to the MA in Educational Leadership plus Administrative Services Credential Program.
Federal Sources of Aid
Loans: Eligible students may borrow up to $20,500 under the Federal Stafford Loan Program. Another federal loan program is the Graduate Plus Loan, a credit-based program from which students may borrow up to the full cost of attendance, less existing financial aid awards. For more information, see the Student Aid website and search under the "graduate school" link.
Loan Forgiveness Programs: Students who plan to teach at elementary or secondary levels in particular fields of study and/or in underperforming schools may qualify for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program or the Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers. Contact the M Center, 510.430.2000, or the individual websites for these programs.
Federal Grant Program: The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4000 per year to students whose intention is to teach high-needs subject areas in schools that serve students from low-income families. Please see the Federal Student Aid website for further information.
External Sources of Aid
Our students have successfully found scholarships, grants and loans from a variety of financial institutions and funding organizations. While we do not endorse individual organizations or websites, we have collected a list of financial aid resources that you may find helpful.
You may also contact the Financial Aid Office at the Mills M Center for information about financial aid eligibility, loan information, debt counseling, and additional sources of financial aid: 510.430.2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.