Mills Sources of Aid
Merit Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships: The MPP/MBA joint degree program awards individual merit-based scholarships and the MPP program awards individual merit-based scholarships and/or assistantships to qualified students. Merit scholarships can be awarded to students regardless of their citizenship status in the United States.
Need-Based Scholarships: The MPP program considers students for need-based assistance. Need-based scholarships require a student to submit a FAFSA. Students who are DACA eligible or otherwise unable to submit a FAFSA online should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to discuss the possibility of submitting alternate documentation to be considered for need-based assistance.
Specialized Programs: Mills College has partnered with various organizations to allow for matching or automatic scholarships to students who enroll full-time at Mills, such as:
AmeriCorps: Mills College offers an AmeriCorps Matching Grant to qualified AmeriCorps alumni. This award matches AmeriCorps funds the student requests for graduate educational costs on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $5,500. Please note that any institutional funds (assistantships or scholarships) previously awarded are considered part of the institutional match.
CORO Fellows–Alumni of the CORO Fellowship program are guaranteed a merit scholarship of at least $8000 per year, based on full-time enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year. Part-time MPP students are eligible for partial scholarships. Applicants should submit clear documentation showing proof of successful completion of the CORO Fellowship program as part of their application for admission.
City Hall Fellows–Alumni of the City Hall Fellows program are guaranteed a merit scholarship of at least $8000 per year, based on full-time enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year. Part-time MPP students are eligible for partial scholarships. Applicants should submit clear documentation showing proof of successful completion of the City Hall Fellowship program as part of their application for admission.
Greenlining Institute–Alumni of the Greenlining Institute are guaranteed a merit scholarship of at least $8000 per year, based on full-time enrollment for the 2016-2017 academic year. Part-time MPP students are eligible for partial scholarships. Applicants should submit clear documentation showing proof of successful completion of the Greenlining Institute program as part of their application for admission.
Public Policy & International Affairs (PPIA)–As a PPIA Consortium partner, the Mills Public Policy Program offers scholarships and application fee waivers to alumni of the PPIA Summer Institute. Scholarships for full-time MPP and MPP/MBA Joint Degree students range from $8000–$10,000 per year. Part-time MPP students are eligible for partial scholarships. Applicants should submit clear documentation showing proof of successful completion of the PPIA Summer Institute as part of their application for admission.
Federal Sources of Aid
Loans: Eligible students may borrow up to $20,500 for Master’s Degree programs 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, minus existing financial aid awards. To be considered for federal loans, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Fall applicants should submit the FAFSA by February 1. Applicants applying for fall on a rolling basis after the deadline should submit the FAFSA as soon as possible. For more information on federal loans, see the Mills College Graduate Financial Aid website and the Federal Student Aid website. Students concerned about managing the repayment of their loans should view these resources on Income Based Repayment and other repayment options.
Loan Forgiveness Programs: Students who plan to work in public service jobs may qualify for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Students interested in teaching in elementary or secondary schools may qualify for the Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers. The loan forgiveness program websites, along with our Financial Aid Office can provide more information.
Aid for Military Families: Both the federal government and nonprofit organizations offer money to veterans, future military personnel, active duty personnel, or those related to veterans or active duty personnel. Please view the Federal Student Aid website to learn more about these grants.
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 the following resources that you may find helpful.
E4FC–Students who have DACA status or otherwise do not have legal residency in the United States can access this list of scholarships and fellowships that do not require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency.
Davis-Putter Scholarship–This scholarship provides grants to undergraduate and graduate student activists working to effect social change and peace.
National Association of Graduate and Professional Students–This organization provides some helpful links for locating funding opportunities as well as resources and advice for graduate students.
Truman Scholarship Foundation–Scholarship program for students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields.
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration–Financial aid information for students in public administration and policy programs.
Browse this comprehensive list of scholarships prepared by Mills as well as this list of scholarships with a public policy focus.
International students may browse this list of scholarships prepared by Mills, the internationalscholarships.com website, as well as the E4FC list above.
Scholarship search tools:
Sallie Mae’s Scholarship Search