Financing Your Education

As of December 2017, Learning & Teaching candidates
who have completed their first year in the program
and obtained a full-time teaching position in DC
can complete the second year of the program for $5,000.

Graduate students in MAET may be eligible for scholarships awarded through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, need-based federal student financial aid, and other financing assistance coordinated through the Office of Student Financial Services. In addition, MAET students may apply for and receive funds through privately-sponsored grants and scholarships. To view a breakdown of tuition and expenses for students, please visit the Office of Student Financial Services.


All applicants to MAET are considered for merit-based funded by donations from alumni and outside supporters. We aim to award merit-based aid to 30-40% of the entering class, distributed on the basis of exceptional ability and talent based on information presented during the admissions process – no additional application necessary. A limited number of admitted applicants who do not receive a scholarship may be placed on a waitlist for merit-based aid.

Federal Need-Based Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Services has information about need-based financial aid on their website, including important information about how to apply for Federal Student Aid, deadlines, and eligibility.

Other Funding Sources

Students may wish to consider applying for outside funding from federal and private organizations in order to supplement merit- and need-based aid. The Office of External Fellowships in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences provides ample guidance on this front, with specific information regarding grantwriting, current funding opportunities, and programs requiring institutional endorsement. Additionally, the Graduate School offers a competitive Conference Travel Grant program twice annually to support graduate students presenting a paper or poster at a major domestic or international conference.

Teachers & Public Service

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Program offers grants of up $4000 per year are available for students who wish to teach in a high-need field in private or public schools that serve predominantly low income communities. These grants require a minimum number of years of service in order to qualify. The MAET program is currently seeking designation as a TEACH grant-eligible program. Be sure to consult with our financial aid office before applying. All the teaching credential areas that the MAET is currently offering qualify as high need fields.
The ACS-Hach Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Scholarship is awarded to recent graduates and graduate students with limited work experience and an interest in becoming secondary chemistry teachers. Recipients must be pursuing a Masters degree in education or becoming certified as a chemistry/science teacher. Scholarship recipients receive either up to $6,000 for full-time study or up to $3,000 for part-time study. Recipients who meet the award criteria are eligible to renew the award annually up to three years, and the scholarship can be applied to tuition, books, room and board, and other education-related expenses. Interested applicants must submit an online application.
If you have completed terms of national service in approved AmeriCorps programs, such as AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, or AmeriCorps State and National, you are eligible to receive an award to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions (The dollar amount of a full-time education award is tied to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education’s Pell Grant). For more details, visit the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award website.
Applicants who have been Maryland residents for at least one year are eligible to apply for scholarships and applicants who live within 200 miles of Baltimore City are eligible to apply for interest-free loans. See Central Scholarship’s eligibility page for more details.
New federal programs allow for loan forgiveness or loan cancellation for loan recipients who work in qualifying positions, with qualifying students in a PK-12 school. In some instances loan debts of up to $17,500 may be forgiven or cancelled. Schools must certify that you have worked the required minimum number of consecutive years in a qualifying position and not all schools qualify for the loan forgiveness. See a summary of the programs at the US Department of Education website.

Similarly, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, created to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs, may provide loan relief for students enrolled in the Advocacy and Policy concentration. Under this loan forgiveness program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their eligible federal student loans after they have made 120 payments on those loans under certain repayment plans while employed full time by certain public service employers.


Students who are eligible to receive educational benefits through the Veterans Administration may obtain information and assistance here. In particular, students who are veterans will want to explore the Troops to Teachers program which may offer financial assistance for obtaining a teaching license. Veterans or active duty personnel need to register with Troops to Teachers prior to enrollment in an accredited program.


Part-time employment, both on and off campus, is available as an alternative or supplement to a financial aid package. To assist students in locating such employment, the Student Employment Office has created Hoyaworks, an online clearinghouse for part-time and temporary job listings both on-campus and through local businesses and organizations. Students in these positions typically make about $15 an hour.

International Students

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences offers a limited number of awards to international students in various departments based on academic qualifications. To learn more, please visit International Student and Scholar Services.