All Language Schools students are eligible to apply for financial aid. Here’s what you need to know, and how to apply. 

As a Language Schools student, you may be eligible to receive fellowships and scholarships, as determined by the Language School, as well as need-based grants and loans that are offered through the Office of Student Financial Services. To be considered for funding, you should apply for aid at the same time you apply for admission.

Approximately 63 percent of Language Schools students received grants for summer 2021, with an average grant award of $6,480. We offer partial need-based grants in our seven- and eight-week programs. A partial grant means you will typically be responsible for a significant portion of the cost to attend. You will also be responsible for travel to and from the program, books, and personal expenses.

If you are thinking of applying later in the admissions cycle and require financial aid to attend, you may wish to check with the Language School’s Assistant Director about the availability of funding.

Process

Please apply as soon as possible for Language Schools financial aid, as funds are limited. Do not wait for an admissions decision before you apply for aid. Follow these steps: 

  1. Submit your Language Schools admissions application.
  2. After you have submitted your application for admission, you will receive a confirmation email with the subject “Middlebury Application and Funding Links” that contains links to the financial aid application and information on fellowships and scholarships. (If you cannot find your confirmation email, check your spam folder.)
  3. Complete and submit your financial aid application. Middlebury College current undergraduate students, submit the Undergraduate Summer Financial Aid Request Form.
  4. MA and DML students seeking a federal loan should complete the 2022–2023 FAFSA (see below).  Seven and eight week applicants should not submit the FAFSA, as federal aid is not available for non-degree programs. 

Once you have submitted your financial aid application, you will receive a confirmation email. Please save it for your records. Financial aid awarding will start in January 2022 and continue on a rolling basis throughout the spring until funds are depleted.

Requirements

To be considered for need-based grants from Middlebury you must:

  • Be admitted to a Language School
  • Complete a Middlebury Language Schools Financial Aid Application
    • Tip: If you are applying for admission to more than one language school, please submit only one financial aid application and email Student Financial Services at sfs@middlebury.edu to let us know which language school is your first choice, second choice, etc.

To apply for federal student loans you must: 

Deadlines

There are specific deadlines for Language Schools fellowships and scholarships. Refer to the individual scholarship application instructions for details. The Language Schools Financial Aid Application becomes available on November 1, 2021. There is no deadline but need-based grant funds are limited and do run out, so students are encouraged to apply early.

International Aid Recipients

If you are a Nonresident Alien for Tax Purposes, you should assume you will be taxed on payments made to you or on your behalf by the College or Institute. Rates are based on your country’s tax treaty, your visa status, and the type of income you receive. Another important element is your signature on tax documents within the FNIS system. Treaty benefits do not apply if you fail to complete and sign the needed informational documents.

Be sure to enter and update your information in the FNIS system if you are a non-resident alien or international student, faculty or visitor. If you have not received an email introducing you to FNIS, please contact the Tax Office. If you fail to enter visa status in FNIS, the Tax Office will assume you are traveling on a waiver. This may result in a higher tax withholding on any payments.

Nonresident Aid, for tax purposes, is a specific category. To learn more, visit the IRS website for information on determining an individual’s tax residency status. 

For questions about why we charge you for taxes, and how we determine the amounts, please contact the Tax Office at middleburytaxoffice@middlebury.edu.

Timeline for Financial Aid Notification

Awarding and notification of need-based grants offered through Student Financial Services begins in January and continues on a rolling basis through the spring until funds are depleted. You will receive an email once your financial aid offer is ready to view on your applicant dashboard. Instructions on how to log on to your applicant dashboard will be included in the email notification.

Need-based aid is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the later of the two following dates:

  • The date your completed application was received and processed by the Office of Student Financial Services
  • The date you were admitted into the Language Schools.

Those who complete their applications in the fall will hear earlier that those who apply later in the admissions cycle. It may be 4 to 12 weeks before you receive your financial aid decision, depending on the time of year that you apply.   

Once funding for your School has run out, you will be notified only if you are awarded financial aid due to a cancellation.