Graduate students in the M.A. in Educational Transformation (MAET) program may be eligible for scholarships awarded by MAET through the Georgetown 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, graduate students may apply for and receive funds through privately-sponsored grants and scholarships. You can learn more about these resources below.
To view a breakdown of tuition and expenses for students, please visit the Office of Student Financial Services website.
Merit-based awards come mainly from Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ general scholarship funds or donations from alumni and outside supporters. The funds are used to recognize merit and are not granted on the basis of financial need.
All scholarship recipients must return a signed “Obligation Statement” to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, indicating acceptance of the terms and conditions of their awards, and must be enrolled full-time (registered for 12 credits) each semester of the award. Scholarships are applied only to tuition for MAET program credits; they can complement, but not replace, tuition assistance from other sources.
We aim to award some merit-based aid to 30-40% of the entering class. MAET program merit-based scholarships are distributed to students of exceptional ability and talent based on the strength of their applications in the admissions process. No additional application is necessary.
Scholarships will only be awarded at the time of admission and are renewable at the same amount for the second year, for students in the Learning and Teaching concentration. In order to retain their scholarships, students must be in good academic standing as defined by the Graduate School’s “Standards of Satisfactory Academic Performance,” including earning a minimum 3.0 GPA. Grades will be reviewed at the end of the student’s first year, and students will be notified of scholarship renewal decisions at the beginning of the summer.
A limited number of admitted applicants who do not receive an MAET program scholarship may be placed on a waitlist for merit-based aid. Applicants will be notified of their award status after admissions decisions are released.
Federal Need-Based Financial Aid
The Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS) has information about need-based financial aid on their website, including important information about how to apply for Federal Student Aid, deadlines, and eligibility. Visit the OSFS webpage to learn more.
Both private and public sources are available for merit-based and need-based assistance. Often, these other programs have eligibility requirements, but graduate students applying to the MAET program frequently meet these requirements.
Grants and Loan Forgiveness for Teachers and for 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
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 (SEO) has created Hoyaworks, an online clearinghouse for part-time and temporary job listings on campus and for local businesses and organizations.
The Georgetown University Graduate School offers a limited number of awards to international students in various departments based on academic qualifications. To learn more, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services webpage.