You Deserve a High-Quality Education.

Investing in a Mills education is one of the most powerful—and positive—ways to shape your future. Every day, our 25,000+ alumnae blaze trails, influence policy and politics, right injustices, break glass ceilings, and create a more equitable world.

To support you on this journey, we commit substantial resources to ensure that talented students from all backgrounds can afford a Mills education without taking on excessive debt. The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so that we can use this information to create a customized financial aid package based on your specific needs.

Types of Financial Aid

In the 2016-17 academic year, more than 80 percent of Mills undergraduate students received some form of financial aid. The average financial aid package consisted of a combination of one or more the following types of aid:

  • Merit scholarships based on academic achievements, leadership skills, community contributions, or special talents
  • Need-based scholarships for students with a demonstrated financial need
  • Grants from the federal government of up to $5,920 and/or grants from the California state government (for California residents) of up to $9,084/year that you do not have to repay
  • Work-study part-time jobs on the Mills campus
  • Low-interest student loans from the federal government

How to Apply for Financial Aid

The purpose of the financial aid application process is to determine how much you and your family/support network can realistically afford to pay for college. Those calculations are made using two standardized forms: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and for California residents the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. By submitting these forms by the following deadlines, you are automatically eligible for Mills financial aid.

Fall Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Application Form Apply By
First-Year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The Federal School Code for Mills College is 001238.
Feb. 15
Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (CA residents only) Mar. 2
Transfer Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The Federal School Code for Mills College is 001238.
Mar. 2
Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (CA residents only who do not currently have a Cal Grant)
Note: Submit form to most recently attended college, not to Mills.
Mar. 2

Spring Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Application Form Apply By
First-Year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The Federal School Code for Mills College is 001238.
Nov. 1 (CA residents applying for a Cal Grant must file FAFSA by Mar. 2)
Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (CA residents only) Mar. 2 of the year preceding spring term
Transfer Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The Federal School Code for Mills College is 001238.
Nov. 1 (CA residents applying for a Cal Grant must file FAFSA by Mar. 2)
Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (CA residents only who do not currently have a Cal Grant)
Note: Submit form to most recently attended college, not to Mills.
Mar. 2 of the year preceding spring term

Questions About Financial Aid?

You don't have to navigate the financial aid process on your own. Connect with an admission counselor who can answer general financial aid questions or refer you to a Mills financial aid specialist.