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For the most up-to-date information on tuition and costs of attendance, please click here.

Financial support for graduate students and prospective teachers is available from a variety of sources. The following are sources of particular interest to Brandeis MAT students. 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. 

For further information and/or assistance with the application forms please email MAT@brandeis.edu.

The Brandeis Public Educator Scholarship

The 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.

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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 up to $10,000 in tuition remission 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.

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The Brandeis Jewish Educator Scholarship

The Brandeis Jewish Educator Scholarship provides scholarship an MAT student with outstanding potential and high promise of an active and creative life as a teacher in Jewish day schools.

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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):

*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.

For all of the above awards, questions should be sent to Barbie Papalios at bpapalios@brandeis.edu. 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 (GSAS). Awards are not final until issued through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The Brandeis Alumni Scholarship for Teaching

The Alumni Scholarship provides tuition remission of almost 25 percent, 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. 

No application necessary to receive this scholarship.

For further information please email MAT@brandeis.edu.

Aid Based on Demonstrated Financial Need

Need-based tuition grants (generally around 20% of tuition for master's students) are available on a limited basis to qualifying students who are enrolled at least half-time. 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 submit an application to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans are available to students with demonstrated financial need. Because the program is four semesters long, MAT students may apply for Stafford loans for two academic years, thus increasing the amount of the potential loan. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The Brandeis code is 002133.

Information and assistance regarding need-based grants and loans, including suggestions for locating other sources of financial aid, is available at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Web site or by calling (781) 736-3410.

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 Web site.

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.