Nicholas School Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships


The Nicholas School awards scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships to MEM and MF students on the basis of demonstrated outstanding academic ability and a high degree of professional promise.

Decisions regarding these awards are made on the basis of the completed application; no additional application is required. Some students, as part of their merit-based aid, will be offered an assistantship, which includes a work component. The student works 8 hours per week during their first year of enrollment. In their second year, if the student is in good academic standing and has met the obligations of the assistantship, the funds are applied directly to the student's bursar account as a scholarship. Information on the assistantship process will be conveyed during the summer. 

Funding for these awards is limited. Not all incoming students will receive financial assistance, and many of those who do will still need other financial resources to meet their tuition obligations and living expenses. Financial assistance is typically offered for a period of two years; students are expected to complete their degree within this period of time. Students who matriculate as a concurrent degree student or who add a concurrent degree to their MEM or MF will have their school-based aid adjusted to account for the reduced credit requirements for concurrent degree students. It is imperative that any MEM or MF student who is also a concurrent degree student or who is contemplating adding a concurrent degree, consult face-to-face with the financial aid counselor to review the adjustments that will affect their financial aid. 

Applicants who are offered financial support typically are notified shortly after the time of admission and generally must accept or decline the offer by April 20. Once accepted, the award is binding for both the student and the school.

The Nicholas School reserves the right to discontinue financial support depending on a student’s academic standing and progress in the program. No student will receive financial aid while on probation unless an appeal is approved by the Associate Dean for Professional Programs and the Assistant Dean for Student Services. In no case may the amount of financial aid awarded to a student from all sources in a given year exceed the estimated annual costs of attending the Nicholas School.