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Funding Your Education

For many students, the availability of financial aid can greatly affect their decision to pursue an advanced degree in higher education.  We encourage all students to utilize the resources of the Teachers College Office of Financial Aid to review information on tuition, fees, and institutional scholarship funding.  You will also find more information on external grants and scholarships.

Please note: some Teachers College Scholarships and Fellowships are part of your application for admission into TC, which means that you apply for the scholarship or fellowship when you apply for admissions.  Some of these scholarships are a one-time scholarship application that will carry over into each aid year that you attend as a student at TC.  Please carefully read through the descriptions below, as well as the descriptions on the scholarship websites, for more details about application deadlines and submissions.

To find out more information about financial aid scholarships, grants, fellowships, and loans, please contact our office of Financial Aid at 212-678-3714 or email

Teachers College Scholarships & Fellowships

  • City Year, an education-focused, nonprofit organization operating in more than 20 U.S. cities, has established a "give a year" partnership (City Year Scholarship) with TC.  Each participant will be eligible to receive a scholarship from TC.  The City Year Scholarship is a one-time award in the amount equal to approximately 25% of tuition charges (for up to three City Year corps, alumni, or staff members per year).  Funds permitting, TC will allow the students to defer enrollment by one year if they decide to stay with City Year for additional time before beginning their studies. 

                 Those interested in applying for the City Year Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year must  
                 submit the City Year Scholarship Interest Form to by January 
                 15, 2017.

                  Please note: students must successfully complete and submit their application for admission to 
                 TC before they may apply for the City Year Scholarship.

  • The Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship is a financial aid award in the amount of $10,000 per academic year for TC students to work with disadvantaged inner-city youth.  The Zankel Fellowship is made possible by a gift from the estate of Arthur Zankel, who was an esteemed trustee of Teachers College.  The Zankel Urban Fellows carry on Mr. Zankel's legacy and passion for education by contributing their expertise to programs serving inner-city youth.  All questions regarding the Zankel Fellowship should be directed to the Office of School and Community Affairs.

                  Please note: applications for the 2017-2018 Zankel Fellowship will re-open in the April 2017.  
                 Students must also successfully complete and submit their application for admission to Teachers 
                 College before they may apply for the Zankel Fellowship.

  • The LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship is for students interested in a career that supports LGBTQ populations in the fields of health, education, and psychology. This award will provide a tuition scholarship to one recipient who demonstrates a clear commitment to research and practice surrounding LGBTQ issues and awareness. The recipient of the award will likely be expected to construct a relevant service or research contribution to the TC Community. Depending on their program, MA/MS recipients may receive up to 36 credits of total funding; EdM recipients may receive up to 48 credits (funds may be applied to tuition only). Applicants must plan to enroll in a master's program at Teachers College (with an entry term of Summer 2017 or Fall 2017) and have a dedicated commitment (with service visible on their resume and within their scholarship essay) to the field of LGBTQ issues and awareness.

                 Those interested in applying for the LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year 
                 must submit a personal statement (in addition to the statement of purpose that one submits with   
                 their TC Application for Admission).  Applicants must also submit the LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship Interest Form.  Please read through the Interest Form carefully and make sure that you meet the 
                 stated requirements.  These two items must be submitted to 
                 by January 15, 2017.

                  Please note: students must successfully complete and submit their application for admission to 
                 Teachers College before they may apply for the LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship.

External Funding & Scholarships

  • Diversity Jobs "Street Smart" Scholarship Program is open to all diversity and minority students, including Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, military veterans, women, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community. awards $3,000 annually to one student per year.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergrad or graduate program.  The next application deadline is April 30, 2017.
  • Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) funds students who come from developing countries.  This program fully funds students with airfare, tuition, health insurance, and a stipend for up to two years.  When visiting the scholarship website, please select the MA program in Higher and Postsecondary Education.
  • Phi Delta Kappa International provides annual graduate fellowships for those who are pursuing graduate degrees at the master's, specialist, and doctoral levels.  The deadline to apply for a 2017-2018 graduate fellowship is June 1, 2017.
  • The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship provides scholarship opportunities for Hispanic/Latinos with history of community service and interested in continuing their civic engagement in the future.  There is no GPA or academic major requirement.  Student with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.
  • The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund awards graduate fellowships to students in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).  Graduate student applicants must be U.S. citizens and applicants must be submitted through the dean of the university where the student is pursuing graduate studies.
  • The Gates Millennium Scholars Program promotes academic excellence and provides an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by:                 
       - Reducing financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need;
       - Increasing the representation of these target groups in the discipline of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented;
       - Developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor's, masters, and doctoral degrees; and
       - Providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines.

       The next deadline for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program is August 1, 2017. 

  • The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) believes that the country prospers when all Americans have access to the opportunities a college education can afford.  As the nation's leading Hispanic higher education fund, HSF works to address the barriers that keep many Latinos from earning a college degree.  HSF has awarded over $330 million in scholarships over the past 36 years and has supported a broad range of outreach and education programs to help students and their families navigate collegiate life, from gaining admission and securing financial aid to finding employment after graduation.  HSF envisions a future where every Latino household will have at least one college graduate, creating an enduring impact on the college outlook of Latino families nationwide, and strengthening the American economy for generations to come.
  • The Roothbert Fund was created in 1958 by Albert and Toni Roothbert to help men and women in need of financial aid to further their education.  The Roothberth Fund awards yearly grants and works to foster fellowship among grant recipients.  Once a year, the Fund accepts applications for grants, which include essays, transcripts, and recommendations.  From these written applications, the Fund identifies a group of finalists to be invited for a brief personal interview.  On the basis of this interview, the Fund typically selects about 20 new scholarship recipients each year. 

                 The Roothbert Fund is open to all in the United States.  The Fund has awarded grants to persons 
                 entering a wide range of careers; however, preference will be given to those who can satisfy high 
                 scholastic requirements and are considering careers in education.  The Fund provides an average 
                 of $2,000-$3,000 per each ensuing school year.