Now that you’re all up to speed on admissions decision options, it’s time to turn to the other piece of information many applicants will receive when decisions go out — scholarship awards.
As you may have read or heard us say, Fletcher awards scholarships on the basis of merit and need to both U.S. and international students. For a given level of merit (as determined in the admissions review process), the largest awards go to students with the greatest need. There are no need-only scholarships, in that everyone who is admitted has merit. But there are also no merit-only scholarships, except for commitments we have made to match grants from other organizations.
The award that an incoming student receives is renewable for the second year of Fletcher study. There’s a renewal process, through which we double-check that students will be on campus taking the expected number of classes in each semester. But students who remain in good academic standing can plan their second-year finances based on the knowledge their scholarship will be renewed.
Fletcher has always believed that it’s in the interest of admitted students to have upfront information on their scholarship awards for both years. It’s important for incoming students to have a complete financial plan (which, it should be clear, doesn’t mean waiting until year two to see what happens).
Separate from the scholarship award are student loans. For U.S. students and permanent residents who have completed the FAFSA, the University’s Student Financial Services office will, in early April, email details of the complete financial aid package, including loan availability and work study funds.
One last note — many Fletcher students work as research or teaching assistants, but the Admissions Committee doesn’t make those arrangements, and scholarship awards carry no RA or TA obligations. (We don’t presume to know how you’ll want to spend your out-of-class time.) Once students arrive in the fall, there are opportunities to find campus work, whether you want to share your expertise in political science or sociology, or hand out reserve reading materials in the library.