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Scholarship Opportunities at SOE Financing Your Education

At SOE, we know that the future leaders in education come from all academic, social and economic backgrounds. We understand that financing your education can be a challenge, which is why we offer financial support to eligible graduate students, both domestic and international, in the form of scholarships, partnership discounts and grants.

To learn more about our partnership discounts, visit our partnerships page.

All admitted students, regardless of nationality, are considered for academic/merit scholarships for which they are eligible. In general, admitted students awarded scholarships have excellent academic credentials and exhibit exceptional leadership skills. Undergraduate scholarships are administered by the Office of Financial Aid.

Most merit-based scholarships do not require an application for financial aid. However, we strongly encourage merit award candidates to complete the forms required for need-based aid, if they believe that they may need financial aid in addition to their merit award. Merit award recipients who have applied for need-based financial aid will be considered for any need-based aid for which they qualify beyond the amount of the merit award.

Graduate scholarships are awarded by the School of Education. The Office of Financial Aid does not administer these awards. The deadline for most scholarship applications is February 1. Please contact the graduate admissions office for more information on applications and deadlines.

Available Scholarships

Fully funded scholarship for incoming freshman. The scholarship funds the student for four years at the university.

Scholarship awarded to a full or part time student enrolled in the Masters of Special Education program. Recipients must demonstrate a strong commitment to students with special need as well as commitment to teaching grades K-12.

The recipient of this scholarship must be enrolled at the School of Education with a concentration in Special Education. The scholarship awardee must maintain a 3.5 GPA and complete a minimum of 30 credit hours per year.

The endowed scholarship is in support of students in their junior and senior years. Also, students enrolled in graduate programs at the School of Education are eligible for this particular scholarship.

The scholarship awardee will receive funding that covers expenses beyond the cost of tuition. Awardees must be committed to becoming educators.

Graduate and non-degree students are charged tuition on a per credit basis. For the 2020-21 academic year, tuition is $1,812 per credit (a two-year master's program ranges from 30-36 credits). Tuition is subject to increase on an annual basis

Tuition and Fees Details

Merit based scholarships are available for all students who do not qualify for partnership discounts. Merit aid is determined upon admittance to the program. Decisions are made based on the strength of the application and are typically released with the decision for admission. Students are encuraged to apply early to gaurantee merit. 

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International students do not need to submit additional materials in order to be considered for merit-based aid. Students are required to demonstrate the ability to cover the cost of attendance prior to enrollment.

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Additional Aid

We offer a 29% discount on most of our Masters in Teaching and MA in Special Education classes to career-switchers. Career switchers include but are not limited to: professionals outside of education, retirees and early leavers from the military, including numerous government agencies and private sector workplaces. Please send your resume to teachered@american.edu to determine eligibility of the career switcher discount.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs awarded Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson a five-year grant to support the Early Literacy Intervention Leads Program (ELI Leads). This $1 million grant will provide full funding for eight doctoral candidates in the School of Education's EdD in Education Policy and Leadership. Visit the ELI Grant Page to learn more about the qualifiactions for this grant and how to apply! 

We offer a 29% tution discount to Payne and McNair Scholars. Applicants will select these options on their application and must list their service with Payne or McNair on their resume.