Costs, Scholarships and Financial Support

Can I afford to go to Brandeis? Given the cost of higher education, that’s a frequent and understandable question.

Tuition rates for Brandeis' Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program are available on the  Cost of Attendance Calculator. We recommend all students complete the calculator to estimate the full cost of attendance and to assist in requesting aid.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Financial support for graduate students and prospective teachers is available from a variety of sources, listed below. This information is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting, but applicants are responsible for obtaining current and correct information from appropriate officials. 

Generous scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

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Brandeis Public Educator Scholarship

The Brandeis Public Educator Scholarship provides scholarship to an MAT student in the elementary or secondary concentration with outstanding potential to contribute to the improvement of public education through an active and creative life as a teacher in the public sector.

Note: Brandeis alumni are automatically awarded the Brandeis Alumni Scholarship for Teaching, which supersedes this award. Brandeis alumni are not required to complete this application.

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Dean's Scholarship for an Outstanding Teacher in a High Needs Area

The Dean's Scholarship for an Outstanding Teacher in a High Needs Area provides scholarship funding to an MAT student with outstanding potential for an strong commitment to teaching in an identified "high needs" area, generally defined as one or a combination of the following: high-poverty school, mathematics, physics, chemistry or biology.

Note: Brandeis alumni are automatically awarded the Brandeis Alumni Scholarship for Teaching, which supersedes this award. Brandeis alumni are not required to complete this application.

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Brandeis Jewish Educator Scholarship

The Brandeis Jewish Educator Scholarship provides funds for MAT students who have the potential to become effective and committed teachers in Jewish day schools.

Note: Brandeis alumni are automatically awarded the Brandeis Alumni Scholarship for Teaching, which supersedes this award. Brandeis alumni are not required to complete this application.

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Brandeis Alumni Scholarship for Teaching

The Alumni Scholarship provides scholarship funding, in addition to any need-based aid for which the student may be eligible. It is awarded to any Brandeis graduate admitted into the MAT program, in honor of the university's historic commitment to social justice and the similar commitment demonstrated by the student in choosing teaching. 

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AmeriCorps or City Year Alumni/Staff

Brandeis University offers service-based scholarships and application fee waivers to alumni/staff who apply to participating master's degree programs from the following service programs* (provided they meet eligibility requirements):

Please note that the service-based scholarships may not available in combination with each other and/or another Brandeis award (i.e., alumni scholarship, merit award, etc.). If you are eligible for a Brandeis award that is higher than the service award, we will award the higher amount at the discretion of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Awards are not final until issued through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

If you have questions about the awards, email Monique Howell.

*Peace Corps: Though we do not have a formalized agreement, we appreciate your service to the Peace Corps, and will consider your participation when packaging your financial award, in addition to offering an application fee waiver.

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Aid Based on Demonstrated Financial Need

Need-based tuition grants are available on a limited basis to qualifying students who are enrolled at least half-time. Domestic students apply for need-based aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Brandeis code is 002133. We encourage applicants to fill out the FAFSA at the same time they apply to their graduate program.

International applicants apply for need-based aid by completing the College Board's CSS/Financial Aid application online. The Brandeis code is 0046. If you have questions about the awards, email Monique Howell.

 

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Teacher Loan Forgiveness Programs

MAT students who, upon graduation, go on to teach in federally designated low-income elementary schools may be eligible for loan forgiveness up to $5,000. For more information on loan cancellation and deferment options for teachers, visit the Federal Student Aid website.

MAT students may also be interested in the TEACH Grant program.

Please note that loan-forgiveness programs employ very strict criteria.

For general assistance in considering costs of attendance and sources of support for your graduate education, you will find the professional staff at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences knowledgeable and helpful.