Financing Your Education

A Fletcher education is a significant investment, and it is essential that you formulate a plan to finance your education. A variety of financial aid resources are available, including scholarship aid, work-study and on-campus employment, and loans guaranteed by the U.S. federal government or other lenders. The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is committed to assisting you explore and understand your options for financing your graduate education. Please do not hesitate to contact FletcherAdmissions@tufts.edu with any questions you might have.

Fletcher supports various ways to fund your education, from loans to scholarships. The sections below explain the funding mechanisms available.

FLETCHER SCHOLARSHIPS

Fletcher Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and a holistic review of your application to both U.S. citizens/permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens. Scholarship recipients are notified at the time of admission. Scholarships are renewable in the second year for those students who maintain full-time status and remain in good academic standing. In the event that a student's tuition charges are reduced, the Fletcher Scholarship will be pro-rated accordingly.

EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Admitted students are encouraged to apply for scholarships offered through government agencies, private foundations and other sources. The Internet (such as fastweb) and scholarship guidebooks can be helpful in searching for outside scholarship information. This page is a good place to begin researching these opportunities (scroll to "outside scholarships"). We also recommend checking out the fellowships and scholarships database on APSIA's website.

APPLYING FOR U.S. FEDERAL LOANS (FAFSA)

FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID PROCESS

U.S. citizens/permanent residents are eligible to borrow through a variety of federal loan programs. Eligibility for all federal loan programs is determined by Tufts Student Financial Services. Please visit the Tufts Student Financial Services website for complete program details and procedures.

Instructions on applying for FAFSA:

https://students.tufts.edu/financial-services/financial-aid/graduate-and-postbac-students/graduate-billing-and-payment/borrow-graduate-loans/graduate-federal-direct-loans

https://students.tufts.edu/financial-services/financial-aid/graduate-and-postbac-students/graduate-billing-and-payment/borrow-graduate-loans/federal-grad-plus-loans

PRIVATE LOANS

Graduate students can choose to supplement their federal loan eligibility by borrowing from a private lender. Information about maximizing federal loan eligibility, and Tufts' formal review process for choosing the private lenders who appear on the website, can be found here: https://students.tufts.edu/financial-services/financial-aid/graduate-and-postbac-students/graduate-billing-and-payment/borrow-graduate-loans/graduate-alternative-and-private

LOANS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Mpower Financing and Prodigy Finance provide educational loans to both international and domestic students. No co-signer is required.

Some students find the resources provided through local Education USA counseling centers to be useful.

For other financing options, please see here.

THIRD PARTY BILLING

If another entity, such as your employer or a state agency, will be providing payment for some or all or your student account charges while at Tufts, we ask that you complete the Tufts Third Party Billing Form to provide the full details and invoicing instructions for this third-party sponsorship. More information here: https://students.tufts.edu/financial-services/billing/my-bill/outside-scholarships-and-3rd-party-billing.

LOAN REPAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Tufts Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is designed to assist Fletcher graduates employed in the public and non-profit sectors to repay educational loans incurred while studying at Fletcher. Available both to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens, LRAP grants vary in size but may cover up to the full amount of each year’s student loan payment for debt incurred while at Fletcher. The LRAP committee will consider each applicant’s income, level of indebtedness, and overall need in determining award amounts. Fletcher graduates may apply for LRAP funds on an annual basis as long as the criteria of the program are met.

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program for graduates of the The Fletcher School program has been made possible through a generous donation from the estate of George B. and Helen J. Hargens and interest generated by the Omidyar Tufts Microfinance Fund. More information can be found at LRAP’s website.

FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES AND CONTACTS

FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES AND CONTACTS

Fletcher Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: 617.627.3040
E-mail: fletcheradmissions@tufts.edu
Web: https://fletcher.tufts.edu/admissions-aid

Tufts University Student Financial Services
Dowling Hall Student Services Center (7th Floor)
Tufts University
419 Boston Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: 617.627.2000
Fax: 617.627.3848
Email: studentservices@tufts.edu
Web: https://students.tufts.edu/financial-services