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, complete the FAFSA form, and submit a Graduate Application for Financial Assistance form (PDF).
  • 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


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 form.
  • 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.

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 enrolled at least half time. You must complete the FAFSA form and a Graduate Application for Financial Assistance Form (PDF).
  • The Sue Zirkle Frazier Scholarship (PDF) is awarded to eligible students based on financial need and academic merit. Funds are limited so apply by May 1st of each year.
  • 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, complete the FAFSA form, and submit a Graduate Application for Financial Assistance Form (PDF).
  • Student loans are not available to international students.

Certificate in New Play Directing
Certificate in New Play Performance


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, complete the FAFSA form, and submit a Graduate Application for Financial Assistance Form (PDF).
  • 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 may apply for the Federal TEACH grant. A 3.25 GPA is a requirement for this federal grant.
  • To apply for federal student loans and/or a Federal TEACH grant, you must complete a FAFSA form and a Graduate Application for Financial Assistance Form (PDF).
  • 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 and submit a Graduate Application for Financial Assistance Form (PDF).


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, complete the FAFSA form, and submit a Graduate Application for Financial Assistance Form (PDF).
  • Student loans are not available to international students.