SSA awards partial and full tuition scholarships based on merit and financial need to 95% of our master’s students. A limited number of additional merit scholarships also are available to students who have previously served in the Peace Corps, Teach for America, and AmeriCorps (Vista).
The School awards scholarships funded through a variety of sources (including unrestricted gifts to SSA, endowed and restricted student aid funds). Entering students who wish to apply for scholarships administered by the School must answer all financial information questions included in the online application for admission. Your application for admission is used to determine scholarship eligibility; you do not need to submit any other materials.
Although scholarships are awarded on a one-year basis, note that 99% of SSA scholarships typically are renewed for second-year students. Select second-year students will receive awards through prestigious, endowed scholarships representing millions of dollars of financial aid.
Nearly all master’s students who apply for scholarship support receive an SSA Merit Award, a partial tuition scholarship based on academic achievement, leadership potential, and financial need. In addition, the School awards the following scholarships to exemplary first-year SSA applicants:
Your application to SSA and the responses to the questions in the Financial Data section are used to determine scholarship eligibility. Note that some questions are designed to obtain specific information for scholarship funds that have special eligibility requirements. In addition, based on your responses, the School may be able to suggest other sources for financial support.
Every effort is made to inform applicants of their scholarship award at the same time as the admissions decision. Scholarship awards from SSA are a gift from the School. Federal financial aid are loans from the government. Students who may require additional financial aid beyond their SSA scholarship may apply for federal loans.