Financing Your Education

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There's no doubt about it, pursuing a Fletcher education is a serious commitment and a significant investment. We want passionate, talented students to join our community – regardless of their financial means – which is why we offer a range of financial aid options. These include scholarship aid, work-study and on-campus employment, federally guaranteed loans and private educational financing.

Every step of the way, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is here to help you explore and understand the options for financing your graduate education.

Tuition and Expenses

Learn about tuition for each of our programs, as well as the expenses you are likely to incur as a student, including supplies, room and board, and estimated personal spending.


We offer more than $7 million in scholarship aid each year, providing significant scholarships based on a combination of merit and/or need to both U.S. citizens/permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens.

Loans and Employment

Learn about various federal loan options for U.S. citizens/permanent residents, teaching and research assistantships, and different part-time jobs available at The Fletcher School and Tufts University.

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs

Offered through Tufts University and The Fletcher School, the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) enables Tufts graduates to pursue important, but less lucrative, public service careers by helping them reduce their educational debt.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources

Looking for additional financial aid opportunities? Our Office of Admissions and Financial Aid has compiled a list of available loans and scholarships.


    • APSIA - The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) lists many IR-related fellowships and scholarships.
    • College Answer - Sallie Mae's "Planning for College Destination."
    • College Board - The College Board's online scholarship search based on the College Board's Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs.
    • Fastweb - Claims to be the Internet's largest free scholarship search.
    • FinAid - Financial aid information page, offering a wealth of information about student loans and scholarships.
    • MEFA - Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority.
    • Open Education Database (OEDb) - Provides information on grants and scholarships, as well as links to external awards.
    • Peterson's - Peterson's information on financing education and other topics.
    • Student Scholarship Search - Provides scholarship updates across a wide variety of requirements.
    • U.S. Department of Education - The Department of Education's site on financial aid for students, with link to "The Student Guide."
    • U.S. Veterans benefit information - For veterans interested in attending The Fletcher School.

    • Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation - Provides merit and need-based scholarships for currently-enrolled students.
    • Discover Student Loans - Citibank educational loan opportunities, including CitiAssist Graduate Loan program.
    • Humane Studies Fellowship - Awards up to $15,000 per year to graduate students with research interests related to free societies, and dedicated to advancing the ideas of liberty through research and teaching.
    • Institute for International Education - IIE administers the Fulbright Program.
    • International Education Financial Aid - Provides resources for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad.
    • International Resource and Exchanges Board (IREX) - IREX sponsors a broad range of fellowship opportunities for masters, predoctoral, and postdoctoral research.
    • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - Private foundation that offers scholarships worth up to $50,000 to college seniors or recent graduates to attend graduate or professional programs.
    • Japanese Americans Citizens League (JACL) National Scholarship Program - The oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the US, the JACL offers one-time scholarships to entering graduate students. Applicants must be National JACL members, which is open to candidates of any ethnic background or nationality.
    • Lint Center for National Security Studies - Awards a variety of scholarships to candidates pursuing study and work in counterintelligence and national security.
    • Mpower Financing - Provides educational loans to both domestic and international students; no co-signer required.
    • The National Academies - Fellowship & postdoc opportunities at the National Academies.
    • National Association of Black Journalists - Annual scholarship program for students interested in pursuing a career in journalism. To be considered and to receive a scholarship, all applicants must be a member of NABJ.
    • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans - Green card holders and naturalized Americans under 31 years old are eligible to apply for this scholarship, which awards up to $90,000 to support two years of graduate study.
    • Peace and Collaborative Development Network - Free professional networking site to foster dialogue and sharing of resources in international development, conflict resolution, gender mainstreaming, human rights, social entrepreneurship and related fields. Provides resources and information regarding scholarship and fellowship opportunities.
    • Point Foundation National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund - Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Awards are a function of academic performance, leadership skills, financial need, personal goals and the applicant’s involvement in the LGBTQ community. Attention is also given to students who have lost the social support of their families and/or communities as a result of revealing their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
    • Sallie Mae - Sallie Mae's Online Scholarship Service.
    • Women's Leadership Scholarship (WLS) program - Creates educational opportunities for women around the world who are grassroots leaders, organizers and activists demonstrating financial need. WLS invests in women's leadership and leadership development by supporting non-doctoral graduate education in human rights, sustainable development, and public health.
    • WyzAnt College Scholarship - WyzAnt, a private tutor network, sponsors an essay contest with awards of $10,000, $3,000, and $2,000 (determined by popular vote). Requires establishing a WyzAnt account.

    • Beineke Scholarship Program - Selects college juniors for a total of $34,000 to support graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
    • Boren Fellowship - Provides up to $30,000 to US graduate students to pursue study and research in area studies and language proficiency in areas of the world critical to US interests.
    • Charles B. Rangel Fellowship - Provides fellowships of up to $28,000 annually for completion of a two-year master's degree in international affairs or a related subject (such as public administration, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, political science, communications) at a graduate or professional school approved by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center.
    • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute - For Latino students - The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) publishes a comprehensive list of scholarships, internships, and fellowships targeting Latino students.
    • Celia M. Howard Fellowship - For Illinois women, the Celia M. Howard Fellowship was established in 1948 with the purpose of giving financial assistance to train well-qualified Illinois women for study in the field of diplomacy.
    • DiversityJobs Scholarship - Open to all diversity and minority students, including Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, military veterans, women, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community. awards $3,000 annually to one student per year.
    • GI Bill/Yellow Ribbon Program - Program coordinated by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs for eligible US Veterans. The Fletcher School is a participating institution. See Tufts's Veteran benefits page for more details.
    • Government Finance Officers Association - Awards scholarships for students preparing for careers in state and local government finance.
    • Harry S. Truman Scholarship - Selects college juniors for $30,000 toward graduate study to further careers in public service.
    • Hispanic College Scholarship Fund - Leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education.
    • Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) - ISF is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization founded in 2006 to encourage Muslim students in the United States to pursue college and post graduate degrees in humanities, social sciences and liberal arts.
    • The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) - Extra Innings Fellowship Program - Fellows may receive up to $10,000 per year toward graduate study in a variety of disciplines with substantial community impact.
    • JVS Scholarship Program - A need-based program providing scholarships for college and graduate school for Jewish students who are permanent residents of Los Angeles County.
    • Kinesis - Provides resources for Puerto Rican residents to supplement federal student aid for graduate-level study (website is Spanish-only).
    • National Association of Fellowship Advisors - Provides resources for national, merit-based scholarships for college and graduate level students.
    • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program - The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation.
    • Open Education Database (OEDb) Scholarships for Women - Provides information and links to a variety of external awards exclusively for women pursuing higher education.
    • Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship - For individuals who are interested in joining the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees for the first year and second year of graduate study, with reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel.
    • PPIA Fellowship Program - Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program prepares young adults from historically underrepresented groups for leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings.
    • The Leopold Schepp Foundation - Awards scholarships of up to $8,500 for candidates pursuing full-time graduate study. Candidates must be under 40 years old at the time of application, and have a minimum 3.2 GPA. The application process requires a personal interview in New York City.
    • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans - Applicants who are "New Americans" - naturalized U.S. citizens, green card holders, or the children of two naturalized citizens - may be interested in the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans which provide half of tuition plus $20,000 for each of two years of graduate study.
    • - A clearinghouse for federally-sponsored opportunities for grad students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) areas.
    • The Straus Historical Society Scholarship - The Straus Historical Society fosters educational activities related to public service, and offers a $5,000 scholarship to graduating students preparing for public service careers.
    • Switzer Fellowship Program - The Switzer Fellowship Program offers one-year Fellowships to highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who clearly demonstrate leadership in their field.
    • The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship - Awards merit-based $1,000 scholarships for graduate study.
    • Toigo Foundation Fellowship - The Toigo MBA Fellowship provides minority MBA or other business degree candidates committed to careers in finance with a network of contacts, one-on-one career guidance, leadership training, and a merit award. Toigo Fellowships are awarded the Spring prior to the start of graduate school.

    • Provides links to a variety of scholarship opportunities for Indian students.
    • Afghan LL.M Scholarship Program - The Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (PPP) funds Afghan legal professionals to pursue graduate-level legal studies in The United States for one year.
    • Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme - Provides a limited number of scholarships to students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies. Applications open in January of each year.
    • American Association of University Women - AAUW International Fellowships support for full-time study or research to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents.
    • The American-Scandinavian Foundation Offers funding to outstanding Scandinavian (citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden) students to undertake study or research programs in the United States for up to one year.
    • Becas Chile - For Chilean citizens, sponsored by the Ministry of Education.
    • Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) - Provides a range of post graduate awards and fellowships to women focusing on a variety of areas, including gender analysis, international humanitarian work, and human rights for women and girls.
    • CANhelp - For Canadian citizens - Canadian Higher Education Loan Program (CanHELP).
    • COLFUTURO - For Colombian citizens - Provides financial assistance for Colombians pursuing graduate study abroad.
    • eduPASS - A resource guide for foreign nationals who wish to study in the U.S.A.
    • Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program - For citizens of China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, South Africa, Egypt, Palestine, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia: The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) provides opportunities for advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. All applications must be submitted to the appropriate IFP International Partner listed on the website above in the country or region where the applicant resides.
    • Fundacao Estudar - For Brazilian citizens - Fundacao Estudar is a merit-based scholarship program for Brazilian students studying at top M.B.A., M.P.P./International Affairs and LL.M. programs.
    • FUNED - For Mexican citizens - A private, nonprofit organization that provides financing for graduate education (one and two-year programs) to outstanding Mexican candidates.
    • Funding for US Study Online - For international students seeking funding opportunities for study in the United States. Organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE), Funding for US Study is an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships and grants including all types of funding programs, for all levels of post-secondary study, across the full range of academic areas.
    • The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation - The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's new fellowship program promotes prospective leaders from threshold and developing countries who are engaged in climate protection and resource conservation in academia, business, government or non-governmental organizations. Up to twenty fellows are scheduled to be funded annually.
    • IELTS USA Andrea Scott International Graduate Scholarship - For graduate students with a valid IELTS score within the past two years.
    • - Provides an extensive list of scholarships, grants and loan programs for students from any origin.
    • - Access to loans for non-US citizens wishing to study in the U.S. Non-US citizen students are required to have a US citizenship or permanent resident as a co-signer to apply for this loan.
    • International Peace Research Association Foundation - The Senesh Fellowship for Women from Developing Countries makes an award every other year for two years of graduate study focusing on peace and development issues ($5,000/year). For women from developing countries who have been accepted into a graduate program.
    • The Fulbright Program – The Fulbright Program enables thousands of Foreign Fulbright fellows to study in U.S. academic programs each year.
    • ISO Student Health Insurance - ISO is a membership organization for international students studying in the United States with a mission of providing quality, low-cost health insurance coverage.
    • Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund - The Rowe Fund awards educational loans to qualified persons from Latin American and Caribbean countries, to help them finance their higher studies in the United States. These loans are made on the understanding that when the recipients have completed their studies, they are to return to their respective home countries to assist in their countries' development and further their welfare.
    • The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) - Awards educational grants to women from developing countries whose graduate studies and future plans aim to benefit women and children in their respective regions. For students from developing countries who are currently studying in the United States or Canada.
    • Mpower Scholarships Page - Scholarships for eligible foreign nationals offered through MPower Financing.
    • Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship - For citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan: provides opportunity to pursue graduate study at the master's level in the United States
    • Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship Programme - Offers interest-free loan scholarships for post-graduate studies to Indian students with consistently high academic records.
    • World Wide Studies – For Ukrainian citizens. An educational initiative of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, aimed at fostering a new generation of Ukrainian professional elites. The project encourages Ukrainian youth to get master's degrees in the world's best universities in the following fields: agricultural studies, environment and ecology, law, and public administration.

    • American Association of University Women - AAUW American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates and scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave or for preparing completed research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
    • The Foundation Center - The Center's mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge of U.S. philanthropy and provide guidance on finding foundation support for financing education.
    • National Security Education Program Fellowships - National Security Education Program's David L. Boren graduate fellowships are intended to enable students to pursue the study of languages, cultures, and world regions deemed critical to U.S. national security, but less frequently studied.
    • United States Institute of Peace - Grants to support projects in the field of international peace and conflict resolution.
    • Community of Science - Global resource for finding information critical to scientific research and other projects across all disciplines.
    • Morris K. Udall Foundation - Provides one-year fellowships of up to $24,000 to doctoral candidates whose research concerns environmental public policy or environmental conflict resolution entering their final year of dissertation writing.