Fund your education though loans, scholarships, grants, and student employment.
Take advantage of several funding options for your undergraduate degree. There are also funding options for international students, such as scholarships, grants, and loans.
Grants and scholarships provide free money to help overcome financial challenges in getting a degree. There are university scholarships, grants from federal and state governments, as well as private funding to pursue.
Through the generosity of donors and organizations, endowed and scholarship funding is available to enrolled Lesley University students. Learn more about available donor scholarships.
Here is a list of private scholarships and scholarships search resources that may be of interest to you.
To receive your maximum eligibility for federal and/or state grants, you must register for all classes, including independent studies, and must have submitted completed consortium agreements before the end of each semester’s add/drop period.
Several states provide grants and scholarships to assist undergraduate students with their higher education. Through agreements with grant agencies in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont, funds from these states may be disbursed to our students. Undergraduates in our bachelor's degree completion programs have received funding from the state of Massachusetts, including the Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant, the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, and the Math and Science Teachers Scholarship.
This program provides significant tuition discounts to veterans or their eligible dependents. Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program, including eligibility criteria.
You may be eligible for two types of discounts — one now, and one for your future graduate studies.
There is a 10% tuition discount for Lesley Alumni, Cambridge, Mass. residents, seniors ages 55+, and Cambridge Public School teachers for some campus-based courses within our Adult Bachelor's programs. Some restrictions apply. Inquire about the discount when you register.
If you decide to pursue a master's degree in one of our campus-based programs immediately after completing your bachelor's degree at Lesley, you may be eligible to receive 12 free graduate credits. The Lesley Dividend award is for Lesley students who have earned a minimum GPA of 3.6 in their undergraduate studies, were in an undergraduate program here for six consecutive semesters, and are enrolling full-time in one of our master's degree programs.
Federal loans help students finance a college education by borrowing federally backed funds at a reasonable interest rate. Federal Direct Stafford Loans and Federal Perkins Loans do not require a credit history or credit check. These loans are in the student's name only.
Federal Direct Stafford Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) There are two types of Federal Direct Stafford Loans: Subsidized and Unsubsidized.
The Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan is a need-based loan program available to eligible aid applicants. With this loan, the interest is subsidized by the federal government and does not accrue interest while the student is enrolled in school on at least a half-time basis. The 2013-2014 interest rate for new subsidized loan borrowers is fixed at 3.4%.
The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is available to eligible aid applicants whether they are also eligible for the Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan or not. The interest for the unsubsidized loan is paid by the student while enrolled on at least a half-time basis or it may be deferred (capitalized onto the principal loan balance) until repayment begins.The 2013-2014 interest rate for new unsubsidized loan borrowers is fixed at 6.8%.
Fees: There is an origination fee of 1% that is deducted from each loan type before the funds are sent to Lesley University on the student's behalf.
Amounts: Bachelor's degree candidates may qualify for $5,500 to $12,500 per year depending upon their grade level in school and dependency status. Our office will be notified if you have transfer credits applied to your Lesley University academic record after you have been awarded financial aid. As a result, we will re-review your financial aid loan eligibility and will notify you if your loan eligibility increases.
Repayment: Begins six months after the student is no longer enrolled at least half-time.
Lesley University participates in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program, which means that Federal Direct Stafford Loans are borrowed directly from the U.S. Department of Education. You apply for Federal Direct Stafford Loans by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
To be eligible for federal financial aid, you must:
Getting a loan from a private lender is one way to make up the difference between your education costs and the funding you have received from other sources. Before pursuing a private education loan, we recommend that you first research funding options, such as scholarships, grants, and state or federal loans.
Work part-time to cover personal expenses, tuition, or fees. We have two work programs available for undergraduate and graduate students — Federal Work Study, and Lesley Works. Pursue student employment through one of these two programs. You can also contact our Career Resource Center for a listing of jobs located off campus.
Scholarships and GrantsLesley Donor Scholarships
State Grants and Scholarships
Private Undergraduate Scholarships
Lesley Dividend for Graduate SchoolTuition Discount
Federal Direct Stafford Loan
Federal Loan Forgiveness
Federal Loan Repayment
Private Education Loans
Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans
Types of Aid for Undergraduate - Bachelor's Completion
Financial Aid Policies
Frequently Asked Questions
14-15 Financial Aid Award Guide [pdf]
13-14 Financial Aid Award Guide [pdf]
Degree Completion Introduction
Credit for Prior Learning
Office of Admissionsadmissions@lesley.edu617.349.8800
Financial Aid Officefinaid@lesley.edu800.999.1959 x8581617.349.8581
Those interested in being granted financial aid will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). Learn more about the financial aid application process.
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Awarded to a student who is accepted in the Center for the Adult Learner as an undergraduate pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in the Early Childhood Studies program or is a graduate of the adult learning program pursuing a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in the Graduate School of Education. Learn More.
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Pay for your education in smaller, more affordable increments. Interest-free monthly payment plans are administered by our Student Accounts Office through a partnership with Tuition Management Systems (TMS), and are a great way for you to manage the cost of your education.