Tuition Discounts

Tuition Discounts

You may be eligible for a few types of graduate tuition discounts.

  • Lesley Dividend for Graduate School

    If you earn your bachelor’s degree at Lesley, you’re eligible to get 12 free credits toward your Lesley master’s degree.

    And at $625 to $1,100 credit, that’s a huge tuition savings of $7,500–$13,200.

    The award is applied to your tuition over 2 semesters. You’ll get 6 credits of free tuition in your first semester, and 6 free credits in your last semester of graduate study.

    You can even use the Dividend toward an already-discounted dual bachelor’s and master’s degree program, for an even bigger bargain.

    To apply the Dividend to your bill, you'll need to fill out this dynamic form.

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans

    Lesley University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, making it possible for veterans and their dependents to earn a degree for a significant discount.

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill, developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, pays full in-state tuition and fees at public schools. For private schools like Lesley, it covers tuition and fees up to a cap each year. You may qualify for tuition benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill if you’ve served at least 90 days on active duty since September 11, 2001.

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill also pays a portion of veteran’s housing and books, based on the amount of credits you’re taking.

    The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. It helps close the gap between the amount the Post-9/11 GI Bill covers and the actual amount for tuition and fees. As a participating school, we’ve dedicated funds for veterans-only scholarships that Veterans Affairs matches dollar for dollar.

    You may qualify for discounted tuition through the Yellow Ribbon Program if you’ve served:

    • At least 36 months since September 11, 2001, or
    • 30 continuous days since September 11, 2001 and you were honorably discharged for a service-related injury. 

    Your dependents may be eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. We participate fully—there is no limit to how many Yellow Ribbon students we’ll take.

    Questions? 

    Thomas Graves, Veteran Affairs Certifying Official
    617.349.8781
    tgraves@lesley.edu

  • City Year Partnership Discount

    We offer City Year’s corps members, alumni, and staff a 25 percent tuition discount on several of our graduate programs.

    This tuition discount scholarship is open to City Year applicants who have been accepted into one of Lesley’s on-campus or low-residency graduate programs.

    Eligibility

    To qualify, City Year corps members and alumni must complete at least 1 year of service and City Year staff members must be employed for at least 2 years.

    Benefits

    • 25 percent off of graduate tuition.
    • Scholarship can be renewed each semester for the entire program, so long as you are in good academic standing.
    • Application fee waiver; a $50 savings.
    • One-year enrollment deferral: Once accepted, you may defer enrollment for up to a year if you serve more time with City Year.
    • Discount is for tuition only, not for fees or books.


    Apply for the City Year Scholarship

    1. Apply for a Lesley graduate program.

      Lesley’s Graduate Admissions Office makes all admissions and scholarship decisions, not City Year. Be sure to meet all application requirements and deadlines.
       
    2. Identify your City Year affiliation.

      Tell our Graduate Admissions Office that you served with City Year (luadmissions@lesley.edu or 617.349.8300). Reference the "tuition discount partnership scholarship."
       
    3. Request a City Year service verification letter.

      Email alumni@cityyear.org with "Lesley University Graduate Programs" in the subject line. Include the site where you served and your corps graduation month and year. The City Year Alumni Department will send your service verification letter to the Lesley Graduate Admissions Office and add it to your applicant file.
  • Other Lesley Graduate Tuition Discounts

    In addition to the City Year Partnership Discount, we offer 4 other types of tuition discounts that can be used toward several of our campus-based graduate programs.

    Some restrictions may apply.

    Lesley Alumni Discount 

    • 10 percent reduction for most campus-based courses, at the on-campus rate.
    • Receive this discount for eligible courses starting after your Lesley graduation.
    • Does not apply to dual-degree programs that combine a bachelor's and master's degree.
    • Does not apply to Lesley Dividend recipients.
    • If you graduated before 1989: Submit an Alumni Discount Form (PDF) to our Registrar's Office to begin receiving this discount.


    Senior Citizen Discount

    • 10 percent reduction for most campus-based courses, at the on-campus rate.
    • You must be at least 55 years of age by the start of class to receive the discount for that course.


    City of Cambridge Employee Discount

    • 10 percent tuition reduction for most campus-based graduate courses, at the on-campus rate.
    • For City of Cambridge, Massachusetts employees. Includes public school teachers and government employees.
    • Attach proof of your current City of Cambridge employment to your course registration form.
    • Submit your documentation to our Student Accounts office before the last day of Add/Drop for the semester, and for each registration period.
    • We'll credit the discount after the Add/Drop period.


    Cambridge Resident Discount

    • 10 percent tuition reduction for most campus-based graduate courses, at the on-campus rate.
    • Submit proof that you live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, such as a lease with your address.
    • The discount is good for entire the lease. You won't have to submit additional documentation for this time period.
    • Other acceptable documents include any 2 of the following: Utility bills, cell phone bill, credit card bill, or bank statement.
    • Each document needs to show a Cambridge, Mass. address, and be dated within 30 days of when you turn it in.
    • Submit these documents to the Student Accounts Office prior to the last day of Add/Drop each semester.


    Discount Policies

    • The above discounts are not offered for undergraduate programs, Threshold, off-campus programs, Creative Writing MFA, Visual Arts MFA, Photography MFA, low-residency programs, or online courses.
    • Discounts will not apply if other promotional rates or reductions are applied to the tuition charge (vouchers, employee discounts, institutional scholarships, or special offering rates).
    • Discounts will not apply to deferred tuition payments or special payment arrangements.
    • Discounts may not be combined.
    • Discounts will not be applied retroactively.
    • Other restrictions may apply. Policies are subject to change.