Through a combination of scholarships and personalized, need-based financial aid packages, Mills is committed to making our uniquely powerful education accessible and affordable to as many students as possible. In the 2016-17 school year, more than 80 percent of our students received some form of financial aid to help support their dream of a Mills education.
At Mills, we reward hard work through an array of generous scholarships. Undergraduate first-year students can be awarded up to $10,000 a year in renewable merit scholarships. Undergraduate transfer students can earn up to $10,000 a year in renewable scholarships that factor in demonstrated financial need and academic merit. Many of our graduate programs also offer merit-based scholarships for qualified students.
The Mills financial aid staff works closely with students and their families/support systems to help them qualify for the maximum amount of financial assistance for which they're eligible. For our undergraduates, federal and state education grants like the Pell Grant don’t have to be repaid, so that’s always the first target, followed by need-based scholarships and on-campus work-study opportunities. For our graduate students, many of our programs offer need-based scholarships in addition to assistantship and fellowship opportunities that provide valuable work experience.
Low-interest federal student loans can be part of the financial aid package for both our undergraduate and graduate students, but our goal is always to keep your student debt as low as possible. We’re proud that on average Mills students graduate with far less student debt than the national average.