Liberal Arts, Behavior Analysis, Education and Public Policy

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.

Dean's Fellow for Children's Literature

The Dean's Fellow for Children's Literature supports the Center for the Study of Children's Literature (CSCL) and graduate degree programs in Children's Literature. Responsibilities include: providing administrative and clerical support to the CSCL programs; planning and coordinating CSCL and graduate program events; supporting the CSCL Summer Institute; establishing and maintaining an active social media presence for CSCL and the graduate degree programs; assisting the Director with special events; organizing and maintaining CSCL and graduate program records; and coordinating CSCL and graduate program histories with the College Archives.

City Year

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

  • This award 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.

Financial Assistance for Teachers

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:

Teach Grant

This grant is only available to Education students.

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. 

Eligible 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. Submit a Student Information Form
  3. Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS)
  4. Complete initial/subsequent TEACH Grant Counseling through the ATS website
  5. 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. 

Other Documentation

You must respond promptly to any requests for information or documentation from the U.S. Department of Education, even if they seem repetitive. These requests will be sent to you while you are still in school as well as once you are out of school. You will be asked regularly to confirm that you either still intend to teach or that you are teaching as required. You must provide documentation to the U.S. Department of Education at the end of each year of teaching.

If you temporarily cease enrollment in your program of study or if you encounter situations that affect your ability to begin or continue teaching, you will need to stay in touch with the U.S. Department of Education to avoid your grants being converted to loans before you are able to complete your teaching obligation.

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.

Simmons 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 via email or at 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.