Liberal Arts, Behavior Analysis, Education and Public Policy

Questions? Contact admissions via email or at 617-521-2915.

Merit Scholarships

Applies to Behavior Analysis (on-campus only), Children's Literature, Education, Gender and Cultural Studies, History, and Public Policy)

Applicants who submit a completed application are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, and no additional application is required. These scholarships are awarded by the Admission Committee based on the "merit" or strength of an application in comparison to all other completed and eligible applications for that same semester. Applicants who receive an award will have an award letter included with their admission decision letter. Recipients must maintain a minimum registration level as outlined in their award letter, and must also maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 during the semester(s) they are awarded. International students are eligible for merit scholarships.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Applies to Behavior Analysis (on-campus only), Children's Literature, Education, Gender and Cultural Studies, History, and Public Policy)

Public Service Loan Forgiveness is a federal loan forgiveness program targeted at students who hold Federal Direct Loan debt and who pursue public service careers. This program is available to employees of qualifying government or non-profit organizations who have made at least 120 qualifying monthly payments.

City Year

Applies to Behavior Analysis (on-campus only), Children's Literature, Education, Gender and Cultural Studies, History, and Public Policy)

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

Any new applicant who has been employed or is a graduate of City Year is eligible for an application fee waiver. Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies Admission at [email protected] to obtain an application fee waiver code.

  • All applicants who list City Year employment on the resume/CV included in their application for admission in Behavior Analysis (on-campus only), Children’s Literature, Education, Gender and Cultural Studies, History, and Public Policy will receive automatic consideration for City Year Partnership Scholarships.
  • Awards will be equal to at least a 25% tuition discount in full graduate degree programs
  • 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 City Year Partnership Scholarship may not defer their award, but will be eligible for full reconsideration for the new intended start term.
  • Applicants who do not receipt a City Year University Partnership Scholarship will automatically be considered for additional merit-based awards based on the strength of the application and availability of other Simmons scholarship funds.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

(Children's Literature, Gender and Cultural Studies, History, and Public Policy)

Graduate students in relevant graduate programs may request consideration for graduate assistantships through their graduate program director after completing at least one semester of study. Graduate assistantships are single semester appointments that are available dependent up on faculty and require up to 10 hours per week of work.

Scholarships and assistantships alone will not cover the entire cost of tuition or other educational expenses.

The Lee & Low...and Friends Scholarship

(Applies to Children's Literature)

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.

Haviland Scholarship

(Applies to Children's Literature)

The Virginia Haviland Scholarship is a half tuition scholarship awarded annually to the most outstanding incoming student in the Department of Children’s Literature. 
Virginia Haviland devoted her life to promoting excellence in literature for children and young adults.  As the "librarian of Congress for children”, Ms. Haviland was extensively involved in the Library's Center for the Book. A faculty member of Simmons’ Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, a Horn Book reviewer, and frequent lecturer on children's literature, she served as one of the most influential women in shaping contemporary children's literature. Her retelling of folk and fairy tales testified to her belief in the essential power of story and her seminal work Children's Literature: Views and Reviews brought critical demanding standards to the field.

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

Dean’s Fellowships

(Applies to Children's Literature, Gender and Cultural Studies, and History) 

The Ifill College provides annual funding for two graduate student Dean’s Fellows who support the academic work of the College through special projects designated by the Dean. Project descriptions and opportunities to apply will be promoted through academic departments and/or graduate programs.

Graduate Student Professional Development Fund 

(Applies to Children's Literature, Gender and Cultural Studies, and History) 

Ifill College graduate students may seek financial assistance to attend and/or present at an academic or professional conference; the same pool of funds is also available to support students in the completion of research for a thesis or independent project at Simmons. 

Atamian and Saxena Scholarships

(Applies to Education)

Students admitted to the MS in Education in Moderate Disabilities and the Master of Arts in Teaching Dual General & Special Education Licensure programs will be considered for the Neel Saxena Memorial Scholarship of up to $20,000, and students admitted to the MS in Education in Severe Disabilities program will receive consideration for the Atamian Scholarship of up to $25,000. These awards are designated for individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the field of special education. 

Applicants to eligible graduate programs in Education are given scholarship consideration during the admission process.

Simmons’ Urban Initiative Voucher Program 

(Applies to Education)

Available to full-time Boston and Cambridge Public and Charter School employees enrolled in on-campus graduate degree programs in Education.

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 charter schools. Full-time employees of eligible schools who enroll in an on-campus graduate degree program in Education 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. 

Candidates eligible for this opportunity must meet the following requirements:

  • Acceptance and matriculation into an on-campus graduate education degree program.
  • Completion of a minimum of 8 credits.
  • Submit the required paperwork for consideration to [email protected]
    • Petition of Consideration for the Urban Initiative Voucher Program for each semester when you wish to apply for one of two vouchers.
    • A 300-word essay describing your teaching position and your commitment to education in urban settings (required only with the first petition).
    • A letter of support from your school principal which verifies your full-time employment in a Boston or Cambridge public or charter school. A current letter must be submitted with each petition.

Contact the Office of Graduate Studies Admission at 617-521-2915 or [email protected] with any questions or to request an Urban Initiative Voucher Petition of Consideration.

Teacher Loan Forgiveness

(Applies to Education)

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. 

Teach Grant

(Applies to Education)

This grant is only available to graduate Education students in qualifying programs.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program provides annual grants to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Students may qualify for up to $4000 per year, based on enrollment and general eligibility. 

Eligibility Requirements

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must become a "highly-qualified", "full-time teacher" in a "high-need subject area" for at least four years at a "school serving low-income students." You must complete the four years of teaching within eight years of finishing the program for which you received the grant. You incur a four-year teaching obligation for each educational program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, although you may work off multiple four-year obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances. 

In order to qualify for the TEACH Grant at Simmons University, you must also:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be enrolled in your first undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework. Such coursework may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher)
  • Maintain certain academic requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college/university admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 throughout the academic year)

Application and Awarding Process

If you are interested in receiving the TEACH Grant and believe you meet the requirements, you must complete the following each year:

  1. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS)
  3. Complete initial/subsequent TEACH Grant Counseling through the ATS website
  4. Notify your Financial Aid Officer that you have submitted your TEACH Grant documentation

Your Financial Aid Officer will then review your FAFSA and GPA to determine your eligibility for the grant. If you are eligible, the TEACH Grant will be added to your account as pending aid and will disburse after the start of classes.

TEACH Grant Exit Counseling

Upon separation from Simmons University, whether it be graduation or withdrawal, all students who receive the TEACH Grant must complete TEACH Grant Exit Counseling. This counseling, similar to Stafford Loan Exit Counseling, provides useful information on your TEACH Grant and what to expect moving forward. 

Important Reminder

Failure to complete the teaching obligation, respond to requests for information, or properly document your teaching service will cause the TEACH Grant to be permanently converted to a loan with interest.

Once a grant is converted to a loan it can't be converted back to a grant!

For further information, please see Department of Education TEACH Grant page or contact us at Student Financial Services.