Financial Aid

We are pleased to offer scholarships to help support part-time study in the GLS degree programs. Full-time study, while an option for GLS students, is supported only through federal student loans and partial need-based scholarships for students who meet eligibilty requirements. The GLS program does not offer on-campus employment or TA positions.

1. Apply for a Graduate Liberal Studies Scholarship:

  • Select your scholarship type and submit the appropriate form
    • Need-based GLS scholarships:
      • Submit only the scholarship application - not FAFSA
      • Eligibility: students who are admitted to or are applying for admission to the degree program. Students applying for scholarships and admission at the same time must have a completed admission file by the financial aid deadline in order to be considered for the scholarships.
    • Community support scholarships:
      • 50% tuition discount for full-time teachers, librarians, and administrators working in accredited schools in the school districts in the greater Middletown, CT area listed below, as well as to full-time employees of the City of Middletown, CT. This scholarship is open to all GLS students, non-degree as well as MALS and MPhil students.
        • Cromwell, East Haddam, East Hampton, Meriden, Middletown, Portland, Region 13, Region 17,  and Rocky Hill
    • City Year Give a Year scholarships: we are proud to participate in City Year alumni scholarship program. 
      • City Year corp members, alumni, and staff may defer enrollment by one year if they decide to stay with City Year for additional time before starting their studies.
      • City Year corp members, alumni, and staff who enroll in a GLS Summer Term Course for credit are eligible for free summer housing (a maximum value of  $1620) on a first-come, first-served basis; preference is given to degree candidates. The Summer Housing Benefit covers only the time period of the course(s) in which the student is enrolled, with the addition of one day preceding and following the course(s). Additional eligible City Year community members may receive this award, subject to availability.
      • City Year corp members, alumni, and staff may apply for need-based scholarships under the same criteria as any GLS student.
    • Teach for America scholarships: we also offer scholarships to corp members and alumni.  Please visit Teach for America for details - we are listed under "Education. 
    • Veterans: Graduate Liberal Studies is proud to be a part of the Yellow Ribbon Program for qualifying veterans.

2. Consider Outside Scholarships:

  • James Madison Graduate Fellowship: students who wish to teach the American Constitution in a secondary school are encouraged to apply for the James Madison Graduate Fellowships. Please visit for complete details.
  • Other outside scholarships: please visit the University's Outside Scholarships and Grants page for additional information on searching for other scholarships to support your studies at the GLS.

3. Use the Monthly Payment Plan:

  • Pay your tuition over three months.

4. Apply for Student Loans only if you need additional funding:

  • Federal direct student loans are available to GLS students who meet the criteria below.  Student loans are administered by Wesleyan University's Office of Financial Aid.
    • Criteria:
      • Enrolled half-time or better at the GLS in the term loans are being requested
      • Be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizen.
    • Loans are disbursed to student accounts after classes begin.
    • Students who borrow federal funds to pay for GLS courses must pay the non-refundable $100 registration fee when registering for classes.
    • Students enrolled in the MALS final essay or project or the MPhil thesis are considered to be enrolled full time as follows and so may have eligibility for federal student loans. Please contact for more information.
      • MALS final essay or project: term of enrollment in the final essay or project
      • MPhil thesis: the term of enrollment in the thesis and the term immediately following the term of enrollment
  • Alternative loans may be available to GLS students (also known as Private Education Loans.)  These loan products are not backed by the federal government.  They usually have variable interest rates based on Prime or LIBOR and rely on a credit review to calculate the initial rate of interest.  Typically the student is the borrower and often a co-borrower is required to pass credit or receive a favorable interest rate.  Interest accrues from disbursement.  These loans may not be included in a federal consolidation.  In recent years the lenders have offered refinancing to convert the loans to a fixed rate.  Each of our Private Loan Recommended Lenders offer an array of educational loans.  To assist students in the selection process, we are using FASTChoice, a loan comparision tool that will assist borrowers in deciding on a private loan that is best suited for their needs. For a comparison of the loans and borrower benefits, please visit our online Private Loan Recommended Lenders list. For direct contact information, see the list of lenders below.


Citizens Bank

Discover Student Loans



Union Federal

Wells Fargo


You are not obligated to choose any of these lenders.  Wesleyan will process any approved alternative loan promissory note you submit to the office. Borrowers need to email with details about any pending application. 


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