Funding your graduate education
Tuition for all graduate-level courses for the 2022-2023 academic year - July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 - is $802 per credit.
Tuition for all graduate-level courses for the 2023-2024 academic year - July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024 - is $880 per credit.
Non-credit courses are $549 per course unless otherwise noted.
Some courses may require fees for laboratory use, materials, etc.
To secure their place in the program, admitted degree-seeking applicants pay a non-refundable $125 deposit that is applied as a credit on their first bill.
The Graduate Student fee is required of all incoming graduate students. This fee supports special events like orientation and commencement, community building events, special guest speakers, and special co-curricular opportunities for learning. The Graduate Student fee of $150 is charged during students’ first semester.
Current students may order official transcripts through my.mtholyoke. The $4 transcript fee will be charged to an active student’s account. A student must pay all past due balances on the account before transcripts will be issued. Former students must prepay the transcript fee. See the Registrar's page on transcripts for more information.
Applicants who need to withdraw from a January or Summer course should send an immediate email clearly stating the request to withdraw from a specific course and session date to email@example.com. If the email message is received before the first class meeting, the applicant will be eligible for a full refund.
There is a field placement transfer fee of $350 each time an MAT student requests, and is granted, a change to their practicum field placement.
No paper bills will be sent. An email will be sent to your Mount Holyoke email account when bills have been posted and are ready for viewing. Payment for all charges is typically due within 30 days. Information on eBills and setting up authorized users can be found through Student Financial Services.
|Academic term||Bills issued in|
|Summer session 1||Early May|
|Summer session 2||Early June|
|Fall semester||Early August|
Payment is due by the first day of each term. If you haven’t paid or made arrangements to pay, you will be automatically dropped from your courses on the last day of the drop/add period.
Students are charged per credit, based on the number of credits they are registered for during the term. If you add/drop a course, your bill will be changed accordingly; the final amounts of the bill will be reconciled at the end of the drop/add period.
Past due balances will incur a late fee of 1% each month on balances over $100.
No student may register for classes, or receive a degree, diploma, or transcript until the student’s bill is paid. In addition, on-campus charging privileges may be suspended for any student with significant past due charges. If you would like to arrange for payment other than on the regularly scheduled due dates, the College offers a semester payment plan and provides information on several types of educational loans. The College cannot make arrangements for payment other than those herein described.
Students may view charges and credits on their student account by logging into my.mtholyoke and choosing “Course Registration and Bill Payment" then "Student Account and Payment” from the Self-Service Menu. Students may authorize parents, guardians, or others for bill viewing and payment by creating an authorized user account in TouchNet. Authorized users may view students' account information by logging in to TouchNet.
Student account information will not be shared with anyone who is not authorized by the student per federal regulation. Students must authorize other sponsors to view the bill and to receive notification when the monthly bill is prepared.
Students who pay tuition but subsequently must withdraw or take a leave of absence may be eligible for a tuition refund, depending on when the request is made and how long the course is. See the schedule below for more details.
To be considered for a tuition refund, a withdrawal or leave must be officially recognized and authorized. To be official, the Professional and Graduate Education office must receive either Withdrawal from a Course Request Form or a Leave of Absence Request Form in order to process and authorize the request. The date the form is received is the date used to determine whether a tuition refund is in order. Please see Withdrawal from the College in the Academic Regulations chapter for more information.
If a student officially withdraws or takes a leave of absence before the first day of classes, students will be refunded 100 percent of their previously paid tuition, less the enrollment deposit for new students.
If a student officially withdraws or takes a leave of absence on or after the first day of classes, refunds occur on the following schedule based on the term.
If there are any credits on a withdrawn student's account after charges are adjusted, refunds will be sent to the student within 30 days of notification of change in status.
Tuition Refund Schedule
14 week courses (e.g., fall or spring full semester courses)
Prior to first day of class | 100%
Week 1 | 90%
Week 2-3 | 75%
Week 4-5 | 50%
Week 6-7 | 25%
Week 8 or later | 0%
5-7 week courses (e.g., half-semester or summer term courses)
Prior to first day of class | 100%
Week 1 | 75%
Week 2 | 50%
Week 3 | 25%
Week 4 or later | 0%
Courses less than 5 weeks (e.g., January term and accelerated summer courses)
Prior to the first day of class | 100%
Week 1 or later | 0%
If a student receiving a scholarship drops or withdraws from a class, the amount of the scholarship applied towards the student bill will be proportional to the amount billed per the tuition refund schedule.
Federal aid refund policies are different than institutional refund policies. For students receiving federal loans for the fall or spring, “earned” loan funds are prorated based on the time enrolled (percent earned vs. unearned). Grad PLUS loans are returned before the Federal Direct Student Loan when loan funds must be returned.
There is no refund of the graduate student fee if a student withdraws on or after the first day of classes.
Funding your education is a concern for many students, and yet there are a range of resources available to help make it affordable. In addition to the information below, Mount Holyoke's Office of Student Financial Services works closely with students to talk about what can meet your needs.
Mount Holyoke Financial Aid
Amherst Regional Public Schools: FUTURES program
Amherst Futures invites paraeducators of color working in the district's schools to apply for the Master's of Arts in Teaching program. The College offers substantial scholarships to those who are accepted.
Learn more about the FUTURES program
In partnership with City Year, we offer 50% tuition remission for eligible City Year alumni that are aspiring school teachers. Other qualified City Year alumni are eligible to apply for our Promising Teacher Awards, which provide up to $4,000 dollars toward tuition.
Five College Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition
The Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition is a Partnership-led collaborative effort to support black and Latino classroom paraprofessionals to become teachers.
Learn more about the Diverse Teacher Workforce Coalition
Harold Grinspoon Foundation Excellence in Teaching Awards
A $10,000 Distinguished Teacher scholarship toward a Master of Arts in Teaching is offered to each of the Excellence in Teaching award winners. Award winners are also encouraged to apply for the Educational Entrepreneurship Fellowship offered through the division of Professional and Graduate Education.
Learn more about the Excellence in Teaching Awards
Holyoke Public Schools: Urban Teacher Pathways
The Urban Teachers Pathways Program is an initiative that allows district educators the opportunity to pursue master’s degrees at the College while they continue to work.
Read more about the Urban Teacher Pathways program
National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY)
In partnership with NNSTOY, we offer educators selected as State Teachers of the Year (or who were runners up for the State Teacher of the Year) a $10,000 scholarship. Teachers may use the scholarship or nominate one colleague for transfer of the scholarship.
In partnership with the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, we offer a tuition remission of 50% to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Other qualified Fellows are eligible to apply for our Promising Teacher Awards, which provide up to $4,000 dollars toward tuition.
Scholarship Applications are available online.
Applications for scholarships are accepted on a rolling basis, on a first-come, first served basis. Each program has a priority deadline; applications submitted before the deadline will take first priority. After the deadline, scholarship applications will be considered on a funding-available basis.
- Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Rolling
- MAT, Mathematics Teaching: April 30
- MAT, Teacher Leadership: April 30
Emerging Teacher Scholarship - For Teachers on Waiver or Emergency License
This award is open to Massachusetts teachers with emergency licenses, teachers on waiver, and paraprofessionals who enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching, initial licensure program.
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit a 500 word personal statement on their qualifications for this scholarship and their dedication to educational excellence and leadership.
You must have an emergency license, be a teacher on waiver, or be working as a paraprofessional in a Massachusetts school district.
Scholarship amounts awarded are up to $10,000. Several scholarships are awarded each year depending on funds available.
Community Scholars Scholarship
This award is open to non-degree seeking students taking a course for credit.
To apply you must fill out the essay addressing the question:
How will the course(s) you plan to take this term empower you in your work, or help you achieve your professional goals? How do you plan to use the knowledge you gain from to pay it forward?
Recipients must successfully complete their course(s) with a grade no lower than a B (3.0). Failure to do so will result in a rescinded award.
Scholarships are granted by term. The scholarships usually range from $200-$500 per credit. Several scholarships are awarded each term depending on funds available. Recipients of a community scholarship from a prior term are welcome to reapply for another scholarship in a future term (e.g., if you received a scholarship for Summer classes, you may also apply for a scholarship to take Fall classes).
Applications for scholarships are accepted on a rolling basis, on a first-come, first served basis. Scholarship applications will be considered on a funding-available basis so we encourage you to get your application in as early as possible.
Mount Holyoke Alum Scholarship
This award is open to students who received their bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College who are committed to serving students in order to build a stronger education system. This award is open to degree and institute candidates.
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit a 500-1000 word personal statement on their qualifications for this scholarship and their professional goals as they relate to being educational leaders.
Scholarship amounts usually range from $1,000 - $3,000. Several scholarships are awarded each year depending on funds available.
Promising Teacher Scholarship
This award is open to students who demonstrate a dedication to education, student learning, and aspire to affect change in their school, district, or beyond. Preferred candidates should demonstrate evidence of academic and professional potential and personal commitment to social justice, equity, and/or leadership in education. This award is open to degree and institute candidates.
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit a 500-1000 word personal statement on their qualifications for this scholarship and their dedication to educational excellence and leadership.
Scholarship amounts usually range from $1,000 - $4,000. Several scholarships are awarded each year depending on funds available.
Sonia Nieto Diverse Educator Scholarship
This award is open to students who demonstrate a dedication to education, student learning, and aspire to affect change in their school, district, or beyond. The purpose of this scholarship is to create a pathway for preparing teachers who represent the diverse range of children we serve in schools. Preferred candidates will be from underrepresented groups, demonstrate evidence of academic and professional potential, and have a personal commitment to social justice, equity, and/or leadership in education. This award is open to degree and institute candidates.
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit a 500-1000 word personal statement on their qualifications for this scholarship and explore how your work will either (1) address the issue that “A community that is diverse, but not equitable and inclusive, cannot achieve its full potential”, or (2) reflect on how you believe diversity drives innovation and fosters creativity, and how you would anticipate incorporating and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion into your professional practices.
Scholarship amounts usually range from $3,000 - $5,000, with a maximum of $10,000. Several scholarships are awarded each year depending on funds available.
Global Educator Scholarship
This award is open to students who have demonstrated actions focused on “thinking globally and acting locally” and a commitment to integrating global themes into their work. The themes addressed could include: global languages and culture; intercultural competence, environmental sustainability, or human dignity and rights. Preferred candidates will demonstrate (1) evidence of global experience through academics, extracurricular participation, community involvement, or work experience, and, (2) professional potential and personal commitment to social justice, equity, and/or leadership in education. This award is open to degree and institute candidates.
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit a 500-1000 word personal statement about their qualifications for this scholarship, describing what it means to be a global citizen and how they would anticipate incorporating global perspectives in their academic and professional endeavors.
Scholarship amounts usually range from $3,000 - $5,000, with a maximum of $10,000. Several scholarships are awarded each year depending on funds available.
Critical Impact Scholarship
This award is open to students who demonstrate a dedication to working in areas of high need and/or in underserved areas or communities. Current areas of high need include: English as a Second Language, Special Education, and STEM. The purpose of this scholarship is to prepare educators to contribute in the areas of highest need. Preferred candidates will demonstrate evidence of academic and professional potential, and personal commitment to excellence and leadership in education. This award is open to degree and institute candidates.
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit a 500-1000 word personal statement on their qualifications for this scholarship and their professional goals as they relate to the area of high needs they would like to work in.
Scholarship amounts usually range from $3,000 - $5,000. Several scholarships are awarded each year depending on funds available.
Emerging Leader Scholarship
This award is open to students who show potential and interest in assuming a leadership role in their field. This award is open to degree and institute candidates.
To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must submit a 500-1000 word personal statement on their qualifications for this scholarship and their professional goals as they relate to being leaders in their field.
Up to $5000. Several scholarships are awarded each year depending on funds available.
Fellowships provide partial tuition remission for students who have the potential to contribute to the state of knowledge and scholarship in the field. Graduate student fellows develop their capacity to become leaders in the field and contribute to Mount Holyoke College’s research, professional engagement, and global initiatives. Fellows work closely with faculty to develop fellowship projects and are encouraged to publish and present on their work.
Up to two fellowships will be awarded each year in each category.
Amount Awarded: Fellowship amounts usually range from $6,000 - $8,000 up to a maximum of $12,000. Please fill out a Fellowship Application to be considered.
Accessibility and Media Fellowship
Area of Focus: The purpose of this fellowship is to assist in unique projects and research focused on accessibility, differentiated learning, and how media and technology can be used to support a wide range of diverse learners, including those with learning, cognitive, physical or emotional disabilities. The work may include working with a range of stakeholders, including educators, social workers, families, technologists, or other constituents committed to increased accessibility, outreach, involvement and the success of all learners.
Global and Intercultural Education Fellowship
Area of Focus: The purpose of this fellowship is to assist in unique projects and research focused on global and intercultural education, which could include working with global educational systems or learners, adapting pedagogies and resources to be more accessible to learners from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, supporting intercultural education and advocacy, or projects that help enhance diversity and equity. The work may be done in the context of formal educational institutions, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, or in cross-sector partnerships.
Entrepreneurship in Education Fellowship
Area of Focus: The purpose of this fellowship is to promote innovative projects and research focused on entrepreneurship in education, which could include interventions in the classroom, creating educational materials, using new pedagogies, developing new technologies, advocacy or policy work to promote the field, or creating new programs or organizations. Projects can focus on contexts including: public schools, charter/magnet schools, independent schools, across schools systems, in non-profit/public service outreach and advocacy campaigns; or in contexts where education is being used to support other initiatives like child welfare, health, information literacy, community development, environmental stewardship, global citizenship, or peace and reconciliation.
Vulnerable Youth and Child Welfare Fellowship
Area of Focus: The purpose of this fellowship is to assist in unique projects and research focused on improving educational outcomes for youth who are vulnerable or whose families have been involved with the child welfare system, the juvenile justice system, the immigration system, or other health- or welfare-based organizations or government agencies.
Global Teacher Leader Fellowship
This award provides tuition remission for students who are seen as leaders in the field and have the potential to support scholarship in the field of education. Graduate student fellows are responsible for contributing to Mount Holyoke College’s efforts in research, professional engagement, global initiatives and they work closely with faculty to develop unique projects. Up to two fellowships will be awarded each year.
To be considered for a fellowship, applicants must address the following question in 500-1000 words: How do you see yourself contributing to Mount Holyoke College’s efforts in research, professional engagement, and global initiatives? Please include information about why you need the fellowship to attend, including any relevant information on your background, particularly what your goals are and how having the opportunity would help advance those goals. A letter of recommendation is also required.
Fellowship amounts usually range from $6,000 - $8,000 up to a maximum of $12,000. Two fellowships are awarded each year depending on funds available.
Federal Grants and Loans
For veterans who qualify, GI Bill® benefits may offer the cost of tuition, fees, books and housing.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
There are a variety of federal and private types of financial aid available for graduate students, including (more information follows the list):
- Federal TEACH Grant
- Federal Direct Student Loan
- Grad PLUS Loan
- Massachusetts Educational Financial Authority (MEFA) Graduate Student Loan
- Private Student Loans
- Teacher Loan Forgiveness
Student Financial Services works closely with students to ensure that they are aware of the different financing options available to best suit their individual needs.
The Federal TEACH Grant Program provides grants to full time graduate students who are completing or plan to complete the coursework needed to become teachers. (A graduate student may receive a total of two scheduled awards, provided they are in attendance full-time for two years.) There are a number of conditions and requirements that must be met in order to receive the TEACH grant.
Federal Direct Student Loan
Graduate students are eligible for the Federal Direct Student Loan (FDSL) provided they are enrolled in at least four credits per semester. Repayment begins six months after the student is no longer enrolled in at least four credits. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete entrance counseling and a promissory note.
Grad PLUS Loan
Grad PLUS loans are available for up to the cost of attendance minus any other awarded financial aid (including loans). Repayment begins two months after the last disbursement for the academic year. Graduate students must be enrolled in at least four credits to be eligible for federal loans. Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Grad PLUS application to be considered for a Grad PLUS loan.
MEFA Graduate Student Loan
Massachusetts Educational Financial Authority (MEFA) is a non-profit state agency that offers financing to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are studying at least half time at an accredited degree-granting non-profit colleges and universities.
Private Student Loans
Student Financial Services strongly suggests that all federal financing options be maximized prior to turning to non-federal financing alternatives. Federal loans offer repayment options based on income and have forbearance and deferral options during times of extreme economic hardship that other loan programs do not offer. Also, some federal loan programs offer loan reductions or forgiveness for public service and teaching in high need areas.
Students interested in private (alternative) student loans may find more information by contacting Student Financial Services.
Teacher Loan Forgiveness
The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, those who teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families, and meet other qualifications may be eligible for forgiveness. Those who have PLUS loans only are not eligible for this type of forgiveness. The Federal Student Aid website is a good resource for more information.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. To qualify for PSLF, you must:
- work for a government agency or for certain types of nonprofit organizations;
- work full-time for that agency or organization;
- have Direct Loans (or consolidate other federal students loans to qualify);
- repay your loans on an income-driven repayment plan; and
- make 120 qualifying payments.
Many of the private lenders who lend to Mount Holyoke undergraduates will also lend to graduate students who have qualified co-signers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
There are a variety of Qualified Tuition programs that allow for tax-free college savings plans, including 529 plans, Coverdell Education Savings Accounts, and others.
Graduate students may also be eligible for education related tax credits, including the Lifelong Learning Tax Credit (up to $2,000 annually), qualified educational expense deductions, student loan interest deductions, and business deductions.
Please see IRS Publication 970 “Tax Benefits for Education” for more information.
Other Financial Aid
Professional organizations, community organizations and fraternal organizations are all places to consider when looking for private scholarships. Additionally, there may be career-specific scholarships, or scholarships based on particular aspects of your life (for women, for veterans, for people living in certain countries, etc.). For instance, many students in our Mathematics Teaching graduate program apply to National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Education Trust for scholarships and support. Mount Holyoke College undergraduate alumnae may apply for Alumnae Fellowships.
Students should explore tuition benefits that may be offered by their employer. Benefits may include tuition reimbursement, scholarships, or waivers. Employers may provide up to $5,250 in employer education assistance benefits for undergraduate or graduate courses tax-free each year, per section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code. You do not necessarily need to be seeking a degree to be eligible. Many employers will require that you stay at the organization for some time once you’ve completed the degree.
Professional and Graduate Education (PaGE)
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