Graduate Studies Students

Scholarships and Assistantships

Merit Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are available in all full-length, on-campus degree programs, with awards ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 per year. Eligible applicants will automatically receive consideration for merit-based scholarships at the time of acceptance, and no additional paperwork is required beyond the application for admission. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure availability of funding.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Available starting in the student's second semester of study, teaching and research assistantships are granted to qualified graduate students. Students must apply for assistantships, and are selected by the graduate program director. Teaching assistants are assigned to a specific course and work under the close supervision of a graduate faculty member. Assistantships are a $2,000 taxable award per semester, distributed by payroll checks.

Financial Assistance for Teachers


The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants up to $4,000 to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Visit the Financial Aid Grants for more details.

Stafford Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program provides for cancelation of up to $17,500 of eligible loan debt for qualified teachers who work full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools, as well as educational service agencies that serve low-income families. Visit the Federal Student Aid website for more details.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Public Service Loan Forgiveness is a loan forgiveness program targeted at students who pursue public service careers and who have high debt but not high income. Generally this program is available to anyone who works in a non-profit organization. Debt forgiveness is available for Stafford Loans, Federal Direct Plus Loans and Grad Plus Loans. For more information, please visit these web sites:

City Year

Graduate Studies is a proud member of City Year's University Partnership Program.

  • The award for Simmons Graduate Studies Admission Office will be equal to at least 25% tuition discount of the entire MAT, Special Education, Behavior Analysis, English, History, Gender/Cultural Studies and Public Policy graduate program. Scholarship is available for up to one recipient per year. Part-time (5 or more credits) and full-time students (10 or more credits) are eligible to be considered for this scholarship.
  • One annual scholarship awarded to a City Year corps member or alumna/us for at least one year of service or a City Year staff member employed for at least two years.
  • Admitted students will be permitted to defer enrollment by one year if they decide to stay with City Year for additional time before starting their studies. Students who are awarded the give a year scholarship may not defer their award, but will be eligible for full reconsideration for the new term he or she defers to.
  • Applicants will be considered for additional merit-based awards based on the strength of the application and availability of other Simmons scholarship funds.

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Urban Initiative

Simmons University Urban Initiative Boston and Cambridge Schools (Public and Charter)

Consistent with our commitment to diversity, increased representation of traditionally underrepresented groups, and strong community partnerships, Simmons University offers graduate education degrees with tuition support to teachers, specialists, and paraprofessionals employed by Boston Public Schools, Cambridge Public Schools, or Boston/Cambridge area charter schools. Full-time employees of eligible schools who enroll in an on-campus graduate education degree program at Simmons may apply to receive up to two tuition vouchers, each of which may be used to cover the tuition for one required 4-credit course.

The University recognizes the demand for qualified individuals in the field of education and appreciates the unique needs of urban school districts. The Urban Initiative promotes the valuable relationship of Simmons University with the Boston and Cambridge communities, and it provides a generous incentive for dedicated professionals to expand their educational expertise. In addition, the Initiative demonstrates Simmons's investment in urban education and pledges continued support of the ideals of leadership and diversity. Candidates eligible for this dynamic opportunity must comply with the University guidelines, including the following requirements:

  • Acceptance and matriculation into an on-campus graduate education degree program.
  • Complete a minimum of 8 credits.
    • Complete a Petition of Consideration for the Urban Initiative for each semester where you will qualify for one of the two vouchers. Contact the Admission office at or 617-521-3902 for a copy of the Petition.
    • Submit a 300 word essay describing your teaching position and your commitment to education in urban settings (one time submission).
    • Submit a letter of support from your school principal which includes documentation of your full-time employment status in the Boston or Cambridge. Public or Charter School. A letter of support must be submitted with each petition.
  • Adhere to the individual program designs including all stipulated prerequisites.
    • If a student has previous vouchers from their school system, they are still only able to use one voucher in a semester.

After fulfilling all requirements, candidates will be eligible to receive one 4-credit course voucher for each Petition of Consideration. The voucher entitles the candidate to an on-campus course in the program. Each voucher has an expiration date and cannot be extended beyond that date. Vouchers do not apply to doctoral program courses or the urban education program. All Simmons University voucher regulations and registration procedures, including deadlines, must be followed. Lost vouchers can not be replaced. Vouchers are not released retroactively.

Submit all required materials and documentation to:

Graduate Studies Admission Office
Simmons University
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

Once all your documentation has been received and processed, your form will be sent to the education department where you are enrolled. You will be contacted about picking up your voucher

  • No vouchers will be sent through the mail.
Lee & Low...and Friends Scholarship

The Lee & Low...and Friends Scholarship initiative is a partnership between two organizations committed to diversity in children’s literature. Lee & Low Books is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the country and a leader in the movement for more diversity in the publishing industry. 

The graduate programs in children’s literature at Simmons are dedicated to bringing a wide range of voices into books for children and young adults and to providing students access to careers that diversify the field of children’s literature.Together, we are committed to creating venues of access that lead to increased equity in children’s book publishing. 

Applicants to our degree programs in Children's Literature are given scholarship consideration during the admission process.

Click here for a full description of the Lee & Low...and Friends Scholarship

Other Resources

If you would like to apply for additional scholarships on your own, please see the information below. Please note that the availability and criteria for scholarships listed below change. It is imperative that you confirm directly with the organizations since Simmons does not have a formal relationship with them and thus does not know when criteria may change.

Scholarship Search Services on the Web

Simmons Student Financial Services also offers an updated list of scholarship resources. They recommend not paying for any scholarship search firm.