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SIT is committed to ensuring you have the information you need to successfully access funding for your graduate education. SIT’s Financial Aid Office provides guidance on all aspects of graduate financial aid throughout the application process and during your time as a student.
SIT students finance their degrees through a variety of resources, including but not limited to:
- SIT scholarships
- SIT partnership and affiliate program awards
- Student loans
- Personal and family funds
US students and permanent residents are encouraged to learn about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and income-based repayment plans offered through the Federal Student Loan program.
If you are an international student, please visit the International Student Services section of this website to learn how to apply for financial aid.
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
If you are applying for programs starting in summer 2020 or fall 2020, please complete the 2020–21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
To access all Federal Student Aid sites, you will need to create an FSA ID. Your FSA ID will also serve as your legal signature.
Accepted students who have applied for financial aid will be automatically considered for an eligible SIT scholarship. No additional application is required.
Donald B. Watt Scholarship
Applicants are awarded the Donald B. Watt Scholarship based on academic strength, community and professional work experience, and demonstrated dedication to the SIT mission. This award is $12,000 for a year-long program and $6,000 for a low-residency program.
President’s Merit Scholarship
The President’s Merit Scholarship is based on work experience, academic strength, and community service. This award ranges from $4,000 to $8,000.
Activism and Advocacy Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in recognition of work done with an organization engaged in activism and advocacy service. Recipients should have served for three to five years on a single issue. This award ranges from $500 to $1,000.
Career Experience Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in recognition of five years or more of degree-relevant work experience. This award ranges from $500 to $1,000.
Community Service Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in recognition of work done with an organization(s) engaged in community service. Recipients should have served for three to five years, with an average of 10 hours per week. This award ranges from $500 to $1,000.
International Aid and Development Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded in recognition of work done in the field of development and international aid. Recipients should have three to five years of relevant experience in these areas. This award ranges from $500 to $1,000.
This scholarship is awarded to individuals who bring diversity to the SIT community through their work, community service or volunteer experience, educational leadership, or organizational affiliations. The award ranges from $500 to $1,000.
Other SIT Scholarship Opportunities
SIT Study Abroad and Experiment in International Living Alumni Scholarship
This scholarship is available to alumni of World Learning’s SIT Study Abroad and Experiment in International Living programs. It recognizes the strong intercultural foundation that students have developed in these programs and will carry into graduate school. The scholarship award is for $2,000.
TESOL Certificate Alumni Award
This scholarship is available to alumni of SIT Graduate Institute TESOL Certificate programs. It recognizes the strong intercultural foundation that individuals have developed in these programs and will carry into their graduate school experience. The scholarship award is for $2,000.
Anderson Family Fund Scholarship
Experiment in International Living alumnus Eric Hall Anderson established the Anderson Family Fund in 1996 to provide scholarships for SIT students who demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to students who represent a minority population and to international students.
Russel A. Bickler International Scholarship
Established in 2011 by the PIM44 class in memory of their classmate, this fund was established to help international students who wish to pursue one of SIT’s graduate programs based in Vermont.
Karen Stromberg Blanchard Scholarship
This award was established in 2005 by an anonymous donor to honor SIT professor Karen Blanchard. The award is given to a woman who possesses a discerning spirit, is committed to social change globally, can see possibility where others see problems, and can nurture this spirit in others.
Ray Clark Excellence in Teaching Scholarship
This award is in honor of retiree Ray Clark, a former faculty member of SIT’s Master of Arts in TESOL program. The award is given to a student enrolled in the TESOL graduate degree program with demonstrated financial need and a strong academic record.
Joseph F. Cullman Scholarship
Established in 1999, this scholarship is awarded to an individual who shows commitment to SIT’s mission and values as demonstrated in the applicant’s admissions essay.
Clarence Falk Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Falk family, who are connected to World Learning in many ways. The scholarship will be awarded to an incoming international student with demonstrated financial need.
Alvino and Bea Fantini Scholarship
Established in 2014 as part of SIT’s 50th anniversary celebration, this scholarship honors Alvino and Bea’s combined 100+ years of service to SIT. The Alvino and Bea Fantini Scholarship provides scholarship funding to international students who otherwise could not attend SIT. The Fantinis have shown a special commitment to the development of second- and foreign-language proficiency and intercultural competencies. This fund plays an important role in increasing the number of international applicants admitted each year, which directly ties into SIT’s mission and integrity as an internationally focused academic institution.
Joseph Fenelon Scholarship
Established in 1986, this scholarship is awarded to an international student who wants to study development and development-related issues at SIT Graduate Institute with the intent to return to his/her country to help further his/her country’s development.
Sarah B. and Clarence J. Gamble Scholarship
This award was established in 1991 by Sally Gamble Epstein, a 1949 Experimenter and former trustee, to honor her parents, Sarah and Clarence Gamble, who were involved with The Experiment in International Living from its earliest years. Applicants for this award must have an academic focus and/or interest in working in the areas of population studies, family planning, or population-related health and nutrition work, or be citizens/permanent residents of countries with population and/or reproductive health issues. It is awarded to a student(s) with demonstrated financial need.
Established in 2000 by Clare Tweedy McMorris, a 1965 Experimenter and former trustee, this award is given to an applicant who has demonstrated financial need and brings cultural diversity to the program.
Brian Moss Memorial Book Fund
Established in 1999, this fund is used to assist international students who have financial needs related to course book expenses.
Rudy Martinez Pino Scholarship
Rudy Martinez Pino enrolled at SIT in 1977. A Cuban American and the only US minority student in his class, Rudy was dedicated to improving the circumstances of the world’s disabled and disenfranchised. After his death in 1986, his classmates established a scholarship in his memory to assist minority, disabled, or international students with demonstrated financial need.
Sargent Memorial Scholarship
Established in 1992 in memory of James W. Sargent, this scholarship is awarded to an individual who is committed to SIT’s mission and values as demonstrated in the applicant’s admissions essay.
This award is given to an applicant enrolling in the Master of Arts in TESOL program who has demonstrated financial need and a strong academic record.
Margaretta Winter Scholarship
Created in 1996 in memory of former SIT employee Margaretta Winter, this scholarship is awarded to an applicant with demonstrated financial need.
SIT Global Practicum and Innovation Scholarship
This award was created in 2013 to provide financial support, including travel and lodging assistance, to SIT Graduate Institute students while participating in innovative, degree-required practicum placements around the world.
SIT Global Scholarship
This fund is used to create diversity in SIT programs. Applicants must have demonstrated financial need and bring cultural diversity to the programs.
Jean H. Winchell Scholarship
Established in 2012, this award is given to an applicant with demonstrated financial need, a strong academic record, and a commitment to the SIT mission.
Elizabeth Tannenbaum Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was created to provide scholarship support to benefit MA in TESOL students who are refugees or are from a country where education has been affected by political unrest or environmental disaster.
External Sources of Funding for Prospective International Students
SIT has identified a list of organizations that provide scholarships for graduate study in the United States. If you feel you may qualify for any of these scholarships you should contact that particular organization.
Scholarships for Women
100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives Scholarship Program
This scholarship is open to Syrian women who have demonstrated exemplary social service with leadership, academic excellence, and civic responsibility, who have characteristics reflecting the importance of empathy, humility, courage and resilience, and who have potential to serve as global leaders.
Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation
1615 West 92nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64114
American Association for University Women (AAUW)
1111 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Scholarships available for full-time study for women with the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree.
Canadian Federation of University Women
251 Bank Street, Suite 600
Canada KZP 1X3
Fellowships and partial scholarships to Canadian women.
College Women’s Association of Japan
Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0021
Telephone: 3491 2091
Fax: 3491 2092
Supports graduate study at English-speaking universities and research institutions abroad for women who are nationals or permanent residents of Japan.
Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund
The World Bank Group
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
This fund provides financial assistance to women from developing countries during their studies in the United States or Canada.
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund
P.E.O. Executive Office
3700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515 255-3153
Fax: 515 255-3820
The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of the P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.
Aga Khan International Scholarship Programme
Scholarships are awarded on a 50 percent grant/50 percent loan basis through a competitive application process that takes place once a year in June or July. The Aga Kahn Foundation accepts applications from countries where it has branches, affiliates, or other Aga Kahn Development Network agencies that can help process applications and interview applicants. At present, these countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, France, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Pakistan, Portugal, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, the UK, and the United States.
Pays for tuition, stipend, and health insurance for Belgian citizens to study in US graduate programs.
Civil Society Leadership Award
The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provide fully funded master’s degree study to individuals who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities. The awards are available to citizens of the following countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Open Society Foundations
224 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
De Karman Fellowships
Supports one year of graduate study in the United States in any field, with special consideration to candidates in the humanities. Available only to juniors already enrolled in a U.S. undergraduate institution.
EducationUSA Opportunity Funds
The EducationUSA Opportunity Funds program assists highly qualified students who are likely to be awarded full financial aid from U.S. colleges and universities but lack the financial resources to cover the up-front costs of obtaining admission, such as testing, application fees, or airfare. For more information, contact the Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC) for the region(s) in which you are interested.
Offers three $5,000 graduate scholarships for first-year U.S. or international graduate students enrolled in a US program to study peace education, conflict resolution and related fields, and the annual Peace Education Prize to an outstanding scholar, practitioner or policymaker in the amount of $30,000
ITO Foundation for International Education Exchange
BABA Bldg. 5F, 3-8-4 Nishi-Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0023 JAPAN
Tel: 03 3299 7872
Fax: 03 3299 7871
Awards scholarships for Japanese students to study abroad in a master’s course at a graduate school.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program
Scholarships are awarded to college seniors or recent graduates to attend graduate programs. The scholarship awards will provide funding for tuition, room and board, books, and other required fees for the length of the graduate degree program, up to six years. The amount and duration of awards will vary by student, based on the cost of attendance and length of the program as well as other scholarships or grants received.
The maximum award per student is $50,000 per year. Candidates for this scholarship must be nominated by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Faculty Representative at their undergraduate institution.
Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations award grants, scholarships, and fellowships throughout the year to organizations and individuals who share Open Society values. We look for grantees who have a vision and whose efforts will lead to lasting social change. We award a limited number of grants to individuals, primarily through scholarships and fellowships. Individuals may apply for multiple grants at once. Scholarships are awarded to a qualified person to attend or affiliate with an accredited university. Fellowships are awarded to a qualified individual to work on a project in a field aligned with Open Society values over a fixed period of time.
Organization of American States
17th Street and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006-4499
United States of America
Fax 202 458-3967
Point Foundation Scholarship
Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.
The Rowe Fund
The Rowe Fund is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS member states finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans of up to $15,000 dollars. Fellowships available for citizens of OAS member countries.
Division of Cooperation for Development of Human Resources
1776 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20036
Rotary International Foundation
1600 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
You must contact a local Rotary club in your home country.
58 Park Avenue
(between 37th and 38th St.)
New York, NY 10016
A variety of scholarships are offered to students from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
The Big List of Scholarships for International Students
This is a list of scholarship opportunities for international students, along with suggestions and tips for the scholarship application process and other helpful links.
External Sources of Funding for US Citizens and Permanent Residents
The SIT Financial Aid Office has assembled the following list of organizations that provide scholarships for graduate study in the United States. If you feel you may qualify for any of these scholarships, you should contact that particular organization.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
911 2nd Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: 202 543-1771
This scholarship opportunity is available to Latino students who have a history of performing public service–oriented activities in their communities and who plan to continue making such contributions in the future.
David L. Boren Graduate Fellowships
This scholarship enables US graduate students to pursue specialization in area and language studies. A maximum of $30,000 is available for study in the United States.
The QuitDay scholarship is awarded to students each year who share their vision for a smoke-free world. Help make higher education smoke-free! Scholarship Award: $3,000 total, awarded to three students. Deadline to Apply: March 31 of each year.
GoodCall's Best Decision Scholarship
At GoodCall, we try to help people make smarter decisions by giving them access to important data. We want to know about a great decision you've made in your life. Write an essay between 400 and 500 words detailing one of the most important decisions you've made in your life. What information did you rely on? What decision did you make? How did you know it was the right choice? Award: $2,500, eligibility requirements and online application are available at: http://www.goodcall.com/scholarship
The scholarship will be awarded to an individual who demonstrates this commitment by chasing their passion to learn a new trade that they can turn into a business, learning fundamental business skills such as marketing and accounting, or deepening their knowledge and capabilities to improve public policy and foster an environment that better serves small business owners and independent professionals. Award: $5,000, eligibility requirements and on-line application are available at: https://www.thumbtack.com/scholarship
This website has been designed to help find scholarships for students who are interested in attending a post-secondary school.
SIT Graduate Institute has affiliations with more than 20 organizations. Read more about the possible opportunities that could be available to you if any you are associated with any of these organizations.
Current students: Please visit our Continuing Students page.
In addition to the scholarships offered by SIT and the Work Study program, US citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for federal student loans. The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan and the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan are programs a graduate student may consider if they meet the eligibility requirements.
Federal Loans for US Citizens and Permanent Residents
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan
The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan Program offers unsubsidized loans to graduate students. Eligibility for the unsubsidized student loan is not based on financial need; students are responsible for interest that accrues on the loan from the time the loan funds are disbursed until the loan is repaid in full. You may choose to pay the interest while you are in school to reduce your final repayment amount. Otherwise, you may choose to capitalize the interest, which means to defer interest payments while enrolled in school and let the accrued interest be added to the loan principal, thus increasing the amount that must be repaid.
Annual Borrowing Limit – Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 each academic year.
Aggregate Borrowing Limit – Graduate students may borrow up to an aggregate total of $138,500 including undergraduate loan amounts.
Interest Rates – The interest rate on Federal Direct Student Loans is fixed at 6.60 percent.
Origination Fee – An origination fee of 1.062 percent will be charged. The fee goes to the federal government to help reduce the cost of the loans.
Repayment – Federal Direct Student Loan repayment begins six months after you graduate or are no longer enrolled at least half-time.
Master Promissory Note – If you are borrowing a Federal Direct Student Loan for the first time, you must complete a Master Promissory Note online. The Master Promissory Note that you sign will be used for all of your subsequent Federal Direct Student Loans at SIT. You will not need to sign a new promissory note for each academic year, nor will you sign a new note if you decide to change the amount of your Direct Loan.
Disclosure Statements – The Master Promissory Note does not list the amount of your loans. When each loan is disbursed you will receive a disclosure statement from the U.S. Department of Education listing the amounts and types of your direct loans. You will receive a new disclosure statement for each new loan that you borrow, and if any changes are made to the amount of your loans. Be sure to keep your disclosure statements as a record of the loans you have received at SIT.
Entrance Counseling – If this is the first time that you have borrowed a Federal Direct Student Loan at SIT, you are required to complete an entrance counseling session to inform you of your rights and responsibilities as a borrower. Your loan funds will not be disbursed to SIT until you have fulfilled this requirement. The entrance counseling session should be completed online.
Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan
The Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan is a non-need based loan that allows the student to borrow up to the cost of attendance less all other financial aid received. In order to be eligible, the student borrower must not have an adverse credit history.
Annual Borrowing Limit – Graduate students may borrow up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial aid received including Federal Direct Student Loans and private educational loans.
Aggregate Borrowing Limit – None.
Interest Rates – The interest rate is fixed at 7.60 percent. Interest starts accruing on this loan at the time of disbursement.
Origination Fee – An origination fee of 4.248 percent will be charged. The fee goes to the federal government to help reduce the cost of the loans.
Credit Check – Borrowers cannot have an adverse credit history. Adverse credit is defined as being 90 days or more delinquent on any debt, having a credit report that shows bankruptcy, default, discharge, foreclosure, repossession, tax lien, wage garnishment or write off of a Title IV debt during the five years preceding the date of the credit report. Lack of credit history or insufficient credit history is not considered adverse credit. If you are denied, you can apply with an endorser (co-signer) whose credit history will be considered.
Repayment – Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan repayment can be delayed until six months after you graduate or are no longer enrolled at least half-time.
Master Promissory Note – If you are borrowing a Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan for the first time, you must complete a Master Promissory Note online. The Master Promissory Note that you sign will be used for all of your subsequent Direct Grad PLUS Loans at SIT. You will not need to sign a new promissory note for each academic year nor will you sign a new note if you decide to change the amount of your Direct Loan.
Disclosure Statements – The Master Promissory Note does not list the amount of your loans. When each loan is disbursed you will receive a disclosure statement from the US Department of Education listing the amounts and types of your direct loans. You will receive a new disclosure statement for each new loan that you borrow, and if any changes are made to the amount of your loans. Be sure to keep your Disclosure Statements as a record of the loans you have received at SIT.
Entrance Counseling – If this is the first time that you have borrowed Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan, you are required to complete an entrance counseling session to inform you of your rights and responsibilities as a borrower. Your loan funds will not be disbursed to SIT until you have fulfilled this requirement. The entrance counseling session should be completed online. Should you be denied a Federal Grad PLUS loan, and be subsequently approved by the Department of Education through an appeal process or with an endorser, you will be required to complete additional financial awareness counseling.
Private Education Student Loans
Private educational student loans are designed to meet costs not covered by other forms of financial aid. Students are encouraged to pursue federal student loans (if eligible) and outside scholarships before applying for private educational student loans.
When considering whether to apply for a private educational student loan or a Federal Grad PLUS Loan, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind:
- Most private loans come with a variable interest rate and no fees. The Direct PLUS Loan, on the other hand, offers a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan, but charges a small fee.
- Income and credit score do not affect a student’s ability to obtain a Direct PLUS Loan, whereas credit criteria are usually more stringent on private loans.
- The Direct PLUS Loan is permitted in Federal Consolidation Loans and private loans are not.
Approval for private educational student loans is based on an individual’s creditworthiness. Students who do not meet a lender’s credit qualifications may need to apply with a credit-worthy co-signer. Interest rates, grace periods, repayment options and fees are determined by the lender and can vary considerably from lender to lender.
Because these loans are approved by lenders based on your credit history, we strongly encourage you to review your credit report prior to applying. You may receive a free credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com. If you are interested in receiving your FICO score you can go to www.myfico.com and for a fee they will release your score.
Title X of HEOA — the Private Student Loan Transparency and Improvement Act — contains information regarding the loan disclosure forms that are required by the federal government. A borrower self-certification form is required to be completed, signed, and submitted to the lender before loans can be disbursed. Lenders will provide students with a blank self-certification form by mail and/or online.
Lenders must allow sufficient time for an applicant to receive the Final Disclosure. The Final Disclosure outlines the three business–day rescission period, allowing applicants a final opportunity to evaluate their needs for a private student loan and/or cancel the loan without penalty. Based on the time for an applicant to receive the Final Disclosure and carry out the rescission period, a lender will not disburse funds until approximately seven days after the Final Disclosure is issued. Please allow sufficient time for the approval process of a private educational student loan so that your tuition charges are paid in a timely manner.
Borrowers should always review the current information and benefits at the lender’s website when selecting a lender.
Financial Aid Resources
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Federal Student Aid FSA ID
- General Information About Federal Student Aid
- Federal Direct Grad PLUS Application and Promissory Note
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan Promissory Note
- Entrance Counseling for First Time Federal Student Loan Borrowers
- Federal Loan Interest Rates
- Repayment Plans and Calculators
- Loan Forgiveness for Teachers
- Loan Forgiveness for Public Service
- Loan History Look up
SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH LINKS
FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS
Appeal Process/Special Circumstances
Due to varying circumstances, students often find the information they provided on the FAFSA no longer realistically reflects their ability to provide educational support. When this happens, students may choose to submit a Financial Aid Professional Judgment Appeal to our office requesting that their situation be reviewed.
SIT strives to provide individual consideration of each student's circumstances to the extent possible. Appeals will be reviewed by the director of Financial Aid. Additional information may be requested if necessary. Letters of appeal may be submitted at any time throughout the academic year. Please allow three weeks after submitting all requested documentation for appeal results.
For ALL Students:
- Submit a signed, detailed letter describing the reason for appeal
For US Citizens and Permanent Residents:
- If the FAFSA includes estimated tax information, the student must do one of the following:
- Submit other requested documents, depending on the circumstances of the appeal.
If an appeal is approved, SIT will reevaluate the student's eligibility. No additional aid is guaranteed with a successful appeal, and any potential increases in aid eligibility are subject to fund availability.
Examples of special circumstances include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The student’s spouse is paying off his or her own educational loan(s) that is not in deferment
- The student has incurred extraordinary medical/dental expenses
- The student has separated or divorced
- The student no longer receives untaxed benefits, such as child support, or other sources of income
- The student has received a one-time disbursement of funds (severance package, bonus, etc.)
- The student’s spouse has passed away
If you have questions, please contact:
Sharon Berry, Manager of Financial Aid
SIT Financial Aid Office
Tel: 802 258-3197
Tel: 800 336-1616 (toll-free in US)
Fax: 802 258-3500