Graduate Programs Financial Aid

Thanks to the support of generous donors (including many Language Schools alumni) and Middlebury’s commitment to provide an opportunity for as many students as possible to attend our programs, we are pleased to offer need-based financial aid.

Who is eligible for graduate financial aid?  

All Language School students are eligible to apply for financial aid.

What financial aid is available?

In general, our need-based financial aid is awarded in the form of grants. This means that if you qualify, you will attend the Language Schools at a reduced cost. In 2017, we provided nearly $3 million in need-based financial aid to our graduate students.

Depending on the graduate degree program and track, Middlebury Language Schools may meet up to 100% of demonstrated need.

For example, during the Summer 2017, the cost for tuition, room and board was $9,000. 73 percent of our graduate student received need-based financial aid. The average grant for graduate students was approximately $7,200.00.

Those students who do not receive need-based aid may apply for loans. Please consult our Student Financial Services for additional information.

How much can you qualify for?

Language Schools graduate need-based grants are based on your demonstrated financial need as assessed by Middlebury’s Student Financial Services and the degree option or track you select.

Below please find general perimeters for need-based aid based on our graduate program tracks. For specific information on your language and track, please contact your Language School Coordinator:

  • MA in 4 summers on the Middlebury/Mills campus - up to $37,000  
  • MA in 3 summers on the Vermont campus and 1 summer in Paris/Madrid - Up to $34,000 (for French and Spanish only)
  • MA with an initial summer in Middlebury/Mills, followed by an academic year abroad up to $28,000
  • MA with an initial summer in Middlebury/Mills, followed by an academic year abroad, and a final summer in Middlebury/Mills $38,000
  • MA with an initial summer in Middlebury/Mills, followed by an academic year at the Middlebury Institute, and a final summer in Vermont/Mills (Arabic and Chinese only) – please contact Middlebury Student Financial Services.

Does need-based financial aid run out?

For our MA in 4 Summers option, we have unlimited financial aid. There is also unlimited financial aid our French and Spanish options with a summer in Paris/Madrid.

For tracks with an academic year component, unfortunately there is limited financial aid depending on the language and locations. Aid for non-degree graduate students is likewise limited. Aid awards are offered on a “first come, first served” basis. If you need financial aid to pursue one of these degree options, we encourage you to apply as early as possible. By applying early, you give yourself the best chance of being considered for an aid award. If you apply later, you may be added to a waitlist for financial aid, and not all applicants can be considered once aid has run out. 

How do I apply for need-based financial aid?

First, you must submit a complete Middlebury Language School application.

After you have submitted your Language School application, you will receive an email with a link to our financial aid application. To ensure prompt consideration, please apply as soon as possible. Supplemental forms, if required, should likewise be submitted as soon as possible.

Do *not* wait for an admissions decision.

You will receive a confirmation email once you have submitted your financial aid application. Please save it for your records.

After I submit my financial aid application, what happens next?   

Please note, you cannot be considered for need-based aid unless and until you have been accepted to the Language Schools. Please consult our deadlines page for more information on when you will receive a decision on your application decision.

Once a student has been accepted to the Language Schools, their financial aid application is reviewed by Middlebury Student Financial Services to determine if additional information is necessary. Student Financial Services will contact the student by email if additional documentation is required.

When all necessary documentation has been received, the financial aid application is marked as complete. Complete files are then reviewed to assess demonstrated financial need.

This process may take several weeks or longer, depending on the volume of aid applications and availability of funding. We ask you to please be patient.

When we have made a decision, you will receive an email with instructions to log into your applicant dashboard to view the decision.

If an award is offered, what is the process to accept it?  

If you are offered a need-based grant, we ask you decide on your acceptance decision within two weeks of the financial aid decision email.

To accept your financial aid grant, you must submit your non-refundable enrollment deposit ($250.00 for the Mills campus, $400.00 for the Middlebury campus). To do so, while in the student dashboard, select “Reply to offer,” “Accept Offer” and pay your deposit. At the same time, you will need to complete your Enrollment form. To decline your grant, select “Reply to offer”, then select “Decline Offer.”

Please note: if your deposit is not received within two weeks, your financial aid award will be subject to cancellation and awarded to the next student or students in line. Given this two-week deadline, it is crucial to watch your email for a financial aid decision and respond promptly.

If you have additional questions, please contact Middlebury Student Financial Services:

Telephone: 802.443.5158
Email: studentfinancialservices@middlebury.edu