Student Life: Prospective Students

Financial Aid

US Citizens and Permanent Residents

Average gifts range between $800 and $6,300 for full-time US citizens and permanent residents, and between $2,500 and $11,500 for full-time international students. Several competitive scholarships have also been established to recognize students who reflect the SIT mission through their professional and personal lives.

No additional application is required for SIT gift aid and competitive scholarships. Accepted students who have applied for financial aid will be automatically considered.


Educational Leadership Award
This scholarship of between $500 and $5,000 is awarded in recognition of professional service in the educational sector.

NGO Management Leadership Award
This scholarship of between $500 and $5,000 is awarded in recognition of professional service in nonprofit and NGO management

Activism and Community Scholarship
This scholarship of between $500 and $5,000 is awarded in recognition of work done with an organization engaged in community service. Recipients should have served for one year or longer.

The Anderson Family Fund
Experiment in International Living alumnus Eric Hall Anderson established the Anderson Family Fund in 1996 to provide scholarships for SIT students who demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to students of color and to international students.

Middle East and Islamic Cultures Scholarship
Established through a generous gift to SIT, this fund is intended to help foster the institution’s commitment to building greater understanding among peoples and cultures critical to world peace. Scholarships are designated to enhance the diversity of the SIT community—on campus and throughout the institution—by making it possible for students from the Middle East and other predominantly Islamic countries to undertake graduate studies at SIT.

Pino Scholarship
Rudy Martinez Pino enrolled at SIT in 1977. A Cuban American and the only US minority student in his class, Pino was dedicated to improving the circumstances of the world’s disabled and disenfranchised. After his death in 1986, his classmates established a scholarship in his memory to assist minority, disabled, or international students who demonstrate financial need.

Recent Graduate Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to exceptional candidates who have earned a bachelor’s degree within the 12 months prior to the start of the master’s degree program. Recipients demonstrate a range of qualities that confirm readiness for the program, such as intercultural sensitivity, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, maturity, and strong motivation to enter their fields. Competency in other languages and study abroad or international experience are preferred.

SIT Study Abroad and Experiment in International Living Alumni Scholarship
This scholarship is available to alumni of World Learning’s SIT Study Abroad and Experiment in International Living programs. It recognizes the strong intercultural foundation that students have developed in these programs and will carry into graduate school.

SIT Impact Award
This scholarship is awarded to students who embody the SIT mission with significant professional and/or volunteer experience related to their degree program. Students chosen for this scholarship must give special presentations to the SIT community. Two full tuition scholarship plus room & board at SIT’s Vermont campus will be awarded. (Students in enrolled in SIT’s MA in Sustainable Development, International Policy and Management program in Washington, DC receive tuition only scholarships.)

Intercultural Leadership Award
This award was established to recognize students who embody the SIT mission related to its master’s degree programs. The competitive award is based on a variety of criteria, including academic merit, professional contribution to the field, community action, organizational affiliation, and educational leadership. SIT awards one scholarship of $10,000 per year for a student in each of SIT’s degree programs:

AmeriCorps Scholarship
This scholarship honors the significant intercultural and professional contribution made by AmeriCorps volunteers. Volunteers who have completed one year (10 to 12 months) of service are eligible for the competitively awarded $5,000 scholarship. The award is based on the type of work completed during service, as well as the candidate’s experience before and after working with AmeriCorps.

National Peace Corps Association Scholarship
The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Scholarship was established to recognize the longstanding ties between SIT and the Peace Corps. Members of the NPCA who have one year or more of significant intercultural experience are eligible to apply. Several competitive awards of $10,000 are made each year.

City Year Scholarship
SIT and City Year partnered to provide City Year “Give a Year” participants and staff interested in pursuing a graduate degree at SIT the following benefits:

  • Annual 25% tuition scholarship
  • Application fee waiver
  • One-year enrollment deferral

Scholarships are awarded to City Year corps members and alumni who have completed at least one year of service, and to City Year staff members who have been employed for at least two years. In order to be considered for the scholarship, individuals must be admitted to one of SIT master’s degree programs.

OXFAM Scholarship
Current and past OXFAM CHANGE Leader or Group Leader volunteers who have completed one year of OXFAM service are eligible to apply. Benefits include $1,000 per year of service (up to $3,000), plus a waiver of SIT’s application fee.

Greenpeace Scholarship
Current and past Greenpeace volunteers who have completed three (3) months Greenpeace service are eligible to apply. Benefits include $1,000 per three (3) months of service up to $5,000, plus a waiver of SIT’s application fee.

BRAZ-TESOL/Alumni Scholarship
This scholarship, offered in collaboration with BRAZ-TESOL, is intended to help develop exceptional teaching professionals and to honor teachers in Brazil. It is awarded annually to a BRAZ-TESOL member who is not a US citizen and who has been accepted into SIT’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. Selection is competitive, and is based on professional experience and contribution or potential contribution to the field.

Bradley/Gamble Fellows Program in Population Studies (for the Program in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management)
Candidates for this award must be involved in and plan to continue working in population studies, family planning, or population-related health and nutrition work.

Program Partnerships
SIT Graduate Institute also offers program partnerships which provide field-based service opportunities and tuition benefits:

Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (for Peace Corps Alumni)
Prospective SIT students who are selected to be Paul D. Coverdell Fellows will receive a $5,000 tuition scholarship plus room and board at SIT’s campus in Vermont during the first academic year (presently valued at $8,315) or equivalent scholarship ($13,315).

In order to be eligible for the fellows program, individuals must have satisfactorily completed their Peace Corps service* and be admitted to one of the following SIT master’s degree programs:

Fellows must complete a practicum—a core component of every SIT master’s program—in a high-need American community (as defined by SIT). The practicum must relate to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six months. (The TESOL and Sustainable Development in Washington, DC programs follow a slightly different program sequence.)

Peace Corps Master’s International Program
This program is for applicants who would like to join the Peace Corps after SIT.  Through Master’s International, students complete Peace Corps service for their SIT practicum and receive a 50 percent tuition discount on their practicum phase tuition. Applicants must submit applications simultaneously to the Peace Corps and SIT for one of the following programs:

All SIT grants and scholarships are subject to change without notice.

Appeal Process/Special Circumstances
Due to varying circumstances, students often find the information they provided on the FAFSA no longer realistically reflects their ability to provide educational support. When this happens, students may choose to submit a Financial Aid Professional Judgment Appeal to our office requesting that their situation be reviewed.

SIT strives to provide individual consideration of each student's circumstances to the extent possible. Appeals will be reviewed by the director of Financial Aid. Additional information may be requested if necessary. Letters of appeal may be submitted at any time throughout the academic year. Please allow three weeks after submitting all requested documentation for appeal results. 

Appeal Requirements

For ALL Students:

  1. Submit a signed, detailed letter describing the reason for appeal

For US Citizens and Permanent Residents:

  1. If the FAFSA includes estimated tax information, the student must do one of the following:
    1. Update the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool or
    2. Provide a tax return transcript
  2. Submit other requested documents, depending on the circumstances of the appeal.

If an appeal is approved, SIT will reevaluate the student's eligibility. No additional aid is guaranteed with a successful appeal, and any potential increases in aid eligibility are subject to fund availability. 

Examples of special circumstances include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The student’s spouse is paying off his or her own educational loan(s) that is not in deferment
  • The student has incurred extraordinary medical/dental expenses
  • The student has separated or divorced
  • The student no longer receives untaxed benefits, such as child support, or other sources of income
  • The student has received a one-time disbursement of funds (severance package, bonus, etc.)
  • The student’s spouse has passed away

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