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At Mills, making our graduate programs affordable and accessible is central to our mission. While our tuition is competitive with other top graduate programs across the country, we don’t want cost to be the barrier that prevents talented, promising students from experiencing the best that Mills has to offer. With greater accessibility comes greater diversity, the lifeblood of the Mills experience.

As part of our commitment to putting an advanced degree within your reach, our graduate departments offer financial aid. Visit this page to discover additional forms of financial aid for graduate students and the simple steps you’ll need to complete to apply for aid from Mills and from the federal government

Know that we are here to help.

The Value of a Mills Education

No cost conversation is complete without considering the value of a Mills education. Our alumnae take the skills they learned at Mills to become independent thinkers, creative problem solvers, and collaborative leaders. See where Mills graduates go, and meet Mills alumnae who are making a statement in their careers and communities.

Cost Per Credit

(Fall 2019 - Summer 2020)

$1,144

Total Credits

40

Total Approximate Program Cost

$45,760 + Fees

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Direct Expenses Per Term (Fall 2019 - Summer 2020)
Tuition ($1,144/Credit*) $9,152
Required Fees (Student Fee and Tech Fee) $278
Total $9,430/term
Indirect Expenses Per Term (Fall 2019 - Summer 2020)
Books and Supplies (estimate) $806
Average Loan Fee $74
Total $880/term
Total Direct and Indirect Expenses Per Term $10,310

*Full time = 8 credits/term

Payment Plan Estimated Bill (Direct expenses only)
5-Month Payment Plan

(Aug 1 - Dec 1 Fall Term or Jan 2 - May 1 Spring Term)

$1,886.00
*6-Month Payment Plan

(July 15 - Dec 15 Fall Term or Jan 15 - June 15 Spring Term )

$1,571.67
3-Month Payment Plan (Summer Only)

(May 1 - July 1)

$3,143.33

Students who wish to choose the six-month option must enroll in this plan before July 15 for the Fall semester and before January 15 for the Spring semester.

Additional Financial Support

Scholarships and Grants

Departmental scholarships are offered through the School of Education at the time of admission. Offers extended are granted as per credit discounts. When viewing the full financial aid award, the scholarship will be deducted from your tuition expenses for the academic year. This award is automatically deducted and does not require you to submit any additional paperwork. Typical scholarship awards are up to $8000 for the entire program.

You can also use some of the following databases to search for external scholarship opportunities:

Federal Financial Aid

Typically, depending on eligibility, students may receive a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and can apply for a Federal Grad PLUS loan and have enough funding to cover the entire cost of tuition and attendance. If you are applying for federal financial aid, you should apply for aid by using the FAFSA concurrently with your application to the program. (FAFSA Code = 001238)

Two Types of Federal Financial Aid Loans:

What it’s for: Educational expenses
Total Loan Amount: Borrow up to $20,500 a year

What it’s for: Educational expenses not covered by Direct Unsubsidized Loans and other forms of aid
Total Loan Amount: Up to Cost of Attendance (COA)

Summer Financial Aid

To be considered for federal financial aid for the summer term you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  2. Have a valid social security number
  3. Enrolled at least half-time (4 units)
  4. Maintained satisfactory academic progress
  5. Have a completed FAFSA on file for the prior academic year (i.e. you need the 2019-2020 FAFSA complete for Summer 2020).

What financial aid are you eligible for during the summer term?

  1. Student entering during the summer term:
    a. We will offer you the federal direct unsubsidized loan not to exceed your COA. The maximum award is $20,500
    b. You can apply for a Federal Graduate Plus Loan up to your COA

  2. Continuing students:
    a. We will offer you Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans that you did accept for the fall and spring semesters. If you accepted your unsubsidized loan, but did not accept the full amounts, we will offer you the amount you did not accept.
    b. You can apply for a Graduate Plus Loan up to your COA for summer.

Planning for Your Aid Year

Financial Aid awarding by term

Fall Admits:
Students admitted for the Fall semester will receive a financial aid package for the fall and spring academic year. You are considered for a Federal Unsubsidized Loan up to $20,500. You can also apply for a Federal Graduate PLUS loan for fall and spring at https://studentloans.gov up to the Cost of Attendance (COA) for the academic year.

Summer is considered an extension of the fall and spring academic year. If you attend classes during the summer, your financial aid package will consist of any Federal Unsubsidized Loan you have remaining from the fall and spring semesters up to the summer COA. You also have the option to apply for a Federal Graduate Plus loan for the summer up to the COA. You do not need a new FAFSA for summer. The FAFSA you completed for fall and spring is also used for summer.

Scholarship: The scholarship offered is awarded based on credits you are enrolled in. Online students are eligible for the per credit scholarship without regard to full time or part time enrollment*.

*The total scholarship is initially awarded assuming full-time credits (8 credits) and is adjusted to reflect current enrollment. Adjustments will cease to be made after posted add deadlines for each term.

Spring Admits:
Students admitted for the Spring semester will receive a financial aid package for the Spring semester only. You are considered for a Federal Unsubsidized Loan up to $20,500. You can also apply for a Federal Graduate PLUS loan for spring at https://studentloans.gov up to the Cost of Attendance (COA).

Summer is considered an extension of the fall and spring academic year. If you attend classes during the summer, your financial aid package will consist of any Federal Unsubsidized Loan that you have remaining from the spring semester up to the summer COA. You also have the option to apply for a Federal Graduate Plus loan for the summer up to the COA. You do not need a new FAFSA for summer. The FAFSA you completed for fall and spring is also used for summer.

Scholarship: The scholarship offered is awarded based on credits you are enrolled in. Online students are eligible for the per credit scholarship without regard to full time or part time enrollment*.

*The total scholarship is initially awarded assuming full-time credits (8 credits) and is adjusted to reflect current enrollment. Adjustments will cease to be made after posted add deadlines for each term.

Summer Admits:
Students admitted for the summer semester will receive a financial aid package for the summer only. Summer is considered an extension of the fall and spring academic year. If you attend classes during the summer, your financial aid package will consist of Federal Unsubsidized Loan you would have been eligible for during the fall and spring semesters up to the summer Cost of Attendance (COA). You also have the option to apply for a Federal Graduate Plus loan for the summer up to the COA.

You want to make sure you complete the FAFSA for the current academic year. For example, if you are admitted for Summer 2020, you will need to have the 2019-2020 FAFSA complete. Please note, the FAFSA you completed for summer does not carry over to the following Fall and Spring semesters. You will need to complete a new FAFSA for the upcoming academic year by June 1.

Scholarship: The scholarship offered is awarded based on credits you are enrolled in. Online students are eligible for the per credit scholarship without regard to full time or part time enrollment*.

*The total scholarship is initially awarded assuming full-time credits (8 credits) and is adjusted to reflect current enrollment. Adjustments will cease to be made after posted add deadlines for each term.

Continuing Students:
You want to make sure you have a FAFSA completed for the Fall and Spring semesters to be considered for financial aid. You may be eligible to receive a Federal Unsubsidized Loan up to $20,500 for the academic year. You can also apply for a Federal Graduate PLUS loan for fall and spring at https://studentloans.gov up to the Cost of Attendance (COA) for the academic year.

If you attend classes during the summer, your financial aid package will consist of any Federal Unsubsidized Loan you have remaining from the fall and spring semesters up to the summer Cost of Attendance (COA). You also have the option to apply for a Federal Graduate Plus loan for the summer up to the COA. You do not need a new FAFSA for summer. The FAFSA you completed for fall and spring is also used for summer.

Scholarship: The scholarship offered is awarded based on credits you are enrolled in. Online students are eligible for the per credit scholarship without regard to full time or part time enrollment*.

*The total scholarship is initially awarded assuming full-time credits (8 credits) and is adjusted to reflect current enrollment. Adjustments will cease to be made after posted add deadlines for each term.

What FAFSA Should I Complete

  • 2019-2020 Fall, Spring and Summer semesters- Complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA by March 2nd.
  • 2020-2021 Fall, Spring and Summer semesters - Complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA

Best Practices For Managing Your Aid Year

  1. Complete your FAFSA by March 2nd. The FAFSA is available on October 1st.
  2. Make sure you have completed the correct FAFSA
  3. Maintain at least half-time enrollment (4 units) to receive federal aid
  4. Complete all loan requirements if you have not borrowed a loan while at Mills. Loan requirements are completed at https://studentloans.gov
  5. Contact the Financial Aid Office if you change your enrollment

Leave of Absence or Withdrawal

All students considering a leave of absence or withdrawal should refer to the Leave of Absence and Withdrawal sections in the Academic Regulations part of the catalog for the official procedure. All financial aid recipients considering a leave of absence or withdrawal should also review the Return of Federal, State, and Institutional Financial Aid Policy in the Financial Aid section of the catalog.

The leave of absence/withdrawal date is the date the student provides notification to the Division of Student Life of their intent to take a leave of absence or withdraw from the College. Once a student has completed the procedure for a leave of absence or withdrawal from the College, a tuition adjustment will be applied to their student account which, in turn, may or may not result in a refund to the student. A student will receive a refund only if there is a credit balance on the student’s account after the tuition adjustment has been made and after federal, institutional, and/or state financial aid has been returned to the programs, according to the Return of Federal, State, and Institutional Financial Aid Policy.

No mandatory fees, such as the student and tech fees if enrolled in a payment plan, will be credited as of the first day of instruction.

Tuition charges will be adjusted as follows:

Official Date of Notification Adjustment
Before first day of instruction
  • All tuition charges and fees credited 100%.
  • Enrollment deposit is forfeited.
First day of instruction through add deadline
  • Credited 90% of tuition charges only.
  • Mandatory fees will not be credited and the enrollment deposit is forfeited.
  • The Student Health Plan charge will be credited 100% only if neither the student nor their dependents (if dependent coverage is purchased) have used any health services.
After add deadline
  • No credit of any tuition or fees including the Student Health Plan charge.
  • Enrollment deposit is forfeited.

This policy is only for tuition and fees related to your registration.

For information regarding the refund process see the graduate Catalog. Online students who reside outside of California may be subject to a statutory refund policy in their home state.

We’re Here to Help.

If you have any questions about cost and aid for our graduate programs, please reach out to us at 510.295.4788 or email online-admissions@mills.edu to connect with your admission counselor. They’ll be able to provide you with general information, and they can refer you to a financial aid specialist for more detailed assistance.