Katie graduated from Carleton College and completed her MAT in 2011. She currently teaches third grade at the Cambridgeport School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I have always wanted to be a teacher and am excited to finally be concretely on that path, though I feel I’ve been on the “teacher path” since elementary school. Because I love all learning and therefore all subjects, it broke my heart to think of picking just one to teach, which is partly why I’m really excited to teach in elementary school. I’m also excited about giving children a basis for understanding and building blocks or tools with which to continue learning all their lives. I believe that elementary school is the place to really be able to affect students and their attitudes towards learning and I am gratified to be part of making learning exciting, fun and wonderful for all children.
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Scholarships and Financial Assistance
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. To access the scholarship application(s), click on the corresponding icon. Applications are available in either MS Word or PDF file format. Click here to get the latest version of Adobe Reader - free.
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 scholarships MAT students 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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Americorps or City Year alumni/staff
The application fee is waived for Americorps and City Year alumni/staff; Americorps and City Year candidates admitted into the MAT program are awarded a 25% tuition scholarship. No separate application is needed for the Americorps/City Year scholarship. Candidates should select "Americorps/Peace Corps" in the "affiliations" portion of the online application form. Please go here for more information.
The Brandeis Alumni Scholarship for Teaching
The Alumni Scholarship provides tuition remission of 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.
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.
Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans are also 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.