Middlebury College offers generous fellowships and scholarships and financial aid for our graduate students.

In order to apply for funding, you must first submit a Middlebury Language Schools application.

Fellowships and Scholarships application: After you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email with the subject “Middlebury Application & Merit Scholarship Links” that contains the links to merit-based fellowships and scholarships.

Financial Aid application: Within a few days of submitting your application, you will receive a second email with the subject “Middlebury Financial Aid Information” that includes instructions for applying to need-based financial aid from Net Partner, Middlebury’s Student Financial Aid Portal. Financial aid awarding will start in January 2024.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Middlebury offers a number of merit-based fellowships and scholarships for the Languages Schools. To be considered, you must be accepted by one of the Language Schools and meet all additional application requirements. However, you may submit your scholarship application before you receive an admission decision. Email lsfellowships@middlebury.edu for questions. The following are available:

Need-Based Financial Aid

Depending on the graduate degree program, Middlebury Language Schools may meet up to 100 percent of your demonstrated need. For example, during Summer 2019, the cost for tuition, room and board was $9,375 and 86 percent of our graduate student received need-based financial aid. The average grant for graduate students was approximately $7,968. Consult Student Financial Services for additional information.

Below are examples of the financial aid awards (tuition, room, and board) available to our graduate students:

  • MA in four summers: Up to 100 percent
  • MA with a summer in Vermont, followed by an academic year abroad: Up to 47 percent
  • MA with a summer in Vermont, followed by an academic year abroad, and a final summer in Vermont: Up to 54 percent

You must submit the deposit within two weeks of your award notification (if you have financial aid award) or your Middlebury financial aid will be subject to cancellation and offered to the next student or students in line.

Note: There is limited financial aid for non-degree graduate students and students in a track with an academic year component. Aid awards are offered on a first come, first served basis. If you need financial aid to attend, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Funding for our MA in four summers option, and our French and Spanish options with a summer in Paris/Buenos Aires does not run out. For updated FA maximums, please see the Hebew MA, Japanese MA, and Korean MA dates and fees.

Jenny Lona, Financial Aid, Spanish MA

Jenny Lona shares about her experience taking advantage of the Financial Aid options available through the Language Schools. 


Middlebury has partnered with different organizations to provide funding for our MA degrees to qualified alumni. Alumni can receive an application fee waiver and are eligible for our need-based graduate financial aid, depending on your demonstrated financial need and degree track. Our financial aid is awarded in the form of grants, not loans.

Federal Student Loans

Graduate and DML degree seeking students, who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents may also apply for Federal Unsubsidized Direct or Grad PLUS loans.

Outside Funding

Graduate students can apply to outside funding opportunities including the Boren Fellowship, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS), and VA Benefits.