Education: Additional Funding Opportunities

Mills College is preparing to merge with Northeastern University, and we are not accepting admissions applications at this time. Please visit our merger website for the most current information on the merger process.

The School of Education is committed to making graduate study at Mills as affordable and accessible as possible. The following program-specific sources of financial aid are available in addition to those outlined on our financial aid for graduate students page.

Graduate & Research Assistantships

All new students in our Early Childhood Education Programs are considered for graduate assistantships in the Mills College Children’s School. In the additional questions section of the Mills graduate application, indicate that you plan to apply for financial aid. Then submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1 (fall application) or November 1 (spring application) to receive priority consideration for these scholarships.

If you are DACA-eligible or otherwise unable to submit a FAFSA online, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to learn about alternate documentation. You can reach us at 510.430.3309 or

A limited number of research assistantships are also available for students in any of our graduate education programs, but these are usually awarded to continuing students. Meet with your faculty advisor during your first year to explore research assistantship possibilities.

Cal Grant Teaching Credential Program Benefit

Students who received Cal Grants as undergraduates within the final 15 months of enrollment may qualify for an additional year of funding while pursuing only a teaching credential. Eligible students are required to submit both a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year in which benefits are requested and the Request for Cal Grant Teaching Credential Program Benefits form.

TEACH Grants

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant awards up to $4,000 a year to Mills education students who plan to teach certain “high-need” subjects in low-income school districts. Examples of high-need fields include bilingual education and ESL, mathematics, science, reading, and special education. Contact your School of Education admissions counselor at 510.430.3170 or for more details.