The MAT program awards both need and merit-based scholarships, with the majority of funds dedicated to need-based awards. All applicants will be considered automatically for limited merit-based funds. Applicants are encouraged to apply for a need-based scholarship by completing the MAT Institutional Aid form and submitting it with their application, and FAFSA including Section Four on Parental Income. (FAFSA is also the basis for loan eligibility, should students need to borrow additional funds).
To financial aid documents, go to "Financial Information" on the left-hand menu in the application. Under "Program-Based Scholarships," upload the completed MAT Institutional Aid Form, and if needed, the Special Circumstances form.
Although graduate students are considered independent for most types of federal aid, the MAT program does not recognize the status of the independent student in the awarding of institutional need-based scholarships, regardless of age, marital status, or the number of years in which they have been self-supporting. The policy ensures that institutional funds are allocated to students who have demonstrated limited family resources. Parental information may be waived in exceptional circumstances. The Parental Waiver form is intended primarily for people who don't have any kind of relationship with one or more parents and will therefore have no type of support at all-- financial, emotional, etc. Those interested in petitioning to exclude parental information should upload the Parental Waiver form with their application as a "supplemental form" and contact Caitlin Scott or Diane Silva Pimentel for more information. Applicants whose FAFSA information may be inaccurate (for example, due to the loss of employment, or other recent changes in financial circumstances that would make past financial information inaccurate), can fill out the Special Circumstances form in addition to the MAT Institutional Aid form.
If you have questions regarding sensitive financial information, please contact the Graduate School's financial aid office at [email protected] or (401) 863-2721.