Graduate Financial Aid & Scholarships

Children’s Literature M.A. or M.F.A.
Children’s Book Writing & Illustrating M.F.A.

  • Hollins may offer partial tuition remission to qualified students, work study up to $400, and student loans.
  • Indicate your financial need on the application for admission and complete the FAFSA form.
  • Student loans are not available to international students.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Scholarship

What it is
A yearly competitive award that carries a $1,000 scholarship and a reading by an editor from one of HMH’s three hardcover imprints: Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt, or Clarion.

Who is eligible

  • Current and incoming students enrolled in the Children’s Literature M.A. or M.F.A. summer programs and in the M.F.A. in Children’s Book Writing & Illustrating.
  • Materials submitted must not be under consideration or contract at any HMH imprint or any other publisher before or during the consideration or critique process.
  • HMH has the right of first refusal to publish the work.

To apply

  • Submit work from a completed manuscript for children or teens.
  • Submit 20 pages with a synopsis of the rest of the work.
  • Those submitting picture books should send the entire book.
  • Email your entry as an attached Word document to Amanda Cockrell, program director, at acockrell@hollins.edu.
  • Put “Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Scholarship” in the subject line.
  • Except for picture books, manuscripts must be double-spaced in a clear, readable font (Courier or Times Roman), and must include page numbers.
  • Put your name on the title page, but not on any other pages of your submission.
  • Put the title on the first page of the submission.
  • Deadline: March 1
  • Winner will be announced by mid-May

Judging

  • A committee of published alumnae/i selects the three top candidates. That year’s writer-in-residence chooses the winner.
  • The winner supplies a copy of the entire work, which will be read and considered by an HMH editor. The winner also receives a phone/email consultation with the editor.
  • HMH chooses the editor and imprint. The editor chooses both the method of communication with the winner and the time of the consultation.

Certificate in Children’s Book Illustration

  • To apply for a student loan, complete the FAFSA.
  • After the paperwork has cleared, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance at 540-362-6332 or sfa@hollins.edu.
  • Student loans are not available to international students.

Creative Writing M.F.A.

  • Stipends and scholarships are available to qualified students.
  • Interested applicants should fill out the Application for Stipend or Scholarship (MS Word).
  • Selected second-year students serve as creative writing teaching fellows.
  • Students interested in loans must complete the FAFSA.
  • New students must pay a nonrefundable deposit of $500 by April 22.
  • Student loans are not available to international students.

Dance M.F.A.

  • Qualified two-summer low-residency candidates may receive a 12-credit professional experience waiver for up to $10,404.
  • We offer artists’ fellowships, loans, and on-campus employment when possible.
  • Artists’ fellowships range from full to partial tuition and are based on both merit and need.
  • Entering students must apply for the artist fellowship (PDF) at the same time that they apply for admission.
  • All candidates applying for a fellowship/financial aid must complete the FAFSA form by the recommended date of February 1.
  • The Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance calculates need-based financial aid and awards it in the form of loans.
  • Student loans are not available to international students.

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.)

  • Licensed, practicing teachers receive a $100 per course discount with appropriate documentation.
  • Students must pay a nonrefundable deposit of $100 at the beginning of each semester (credited toward the semester’s tuition charges).
  • Financial aid is available to qualified students.
  • Stafford student loans are available to students taking at least two courses. You must complete the FAFSA form.
  • The Sue Zirkle Frazier Scholarship (PDF) goes to eligible students who demonstrate financial need and potential for academic success.
  • Student loans are not available to international students.

Playwriting M.F.A.

  • Hollins may offer partial tuition remission to qualified students.
  • Student loans are available. To apply, indicate your financial need on the application for admission and complete the FAFSA form.
  • Student loans are not available to international students.

Certificate in New Play Directing
Certificate in New Play Performance

  • Student loans are available. To apply, indicate your financial need on the application for admission and complete the FAFSA form.
  • Student loans are not available to international students.

Screenwriting & Film Studies M.A. or M.F.A.

  • Hollins may offer partial tuition remission to qualified students, work study of up to $400, and student loans. To apply, indicate your financial need on the application for admission and complete the FAFSA form.
  • Student loans are not available to international students.

Teaching (M.A.T.)

  • All eligible students receive a grant covering 12 credit hours for student teaching.
  • Eligible students receive the TEACH grant.
  • Student loans and other types of financial aid may be available through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance: 540-362-6332 or sfa@hollins.edu. You must complete the FAFSA form.
  • Student loans are not available to international students.

Licensure-Only Program

Students taking a minimum of two courses per term can apply for financial aid. Interested students must complete the FAFSA form.


CERTIFICATE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES (C.A.S.)

  • Licensed, practicing teachers receive a $100 per course discount with appropriate documentation.
  • Student loans are available. To apply, indicate your financial need on the application for admission and complete the FAFSA form.
  • Student loans are not available to international students.