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Tuition & Financial Aid
Mills Sources of Aid  |  Federal Sources of Aid
External Sources of Aid

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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, assistantships 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) determines your eligibility for federal loan programs. You may submit the FAFSA at any time during your application process, however it is recommended you submit by February 1. Applicants who apply for later round deadlines should submit FAFSA in the same timeframe as they submit their application.

Mills Sources of Aid

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.

Scholarships: Some scholarship funds are available for Teacher Education Credential students and Educational Leadership students. Please contact us to learn more.

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. 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 financial aid.

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

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.

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 external scholarships 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 grad-finaid@mills.edu.


Last Updated: 4/25/17