GLS 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 teaching assistant positions.

The next deadline to apply for GLS need-based scholarships is December 10, 2020. (Please note the later date.)

The application can be downloaded now.

Graduate Liberal Studies Scholarships

  • Deadlines
    • Graduate Liberal Studies Need-based Scholarships: December 10, 2020.
      • Application is available above.
    • Teachers' Scholarship: prior to registering for first class
      • Please click here for the application.
    • Middletown Employees and Librarians' Scholarship: prior to registering for first class
      • Please click here for the application.
    • City Year: please contact
    • Teach for America: please contact
    • Veterans programs: please contact
    • State of Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification students and alumni: please contact
  • Teachers and Librarians Scholarships

    50% tuition discount; this scholarship is open to all GLS students, non-degree as well as MALS and MPhil students, who are full-time teachers, librarians or administrators working in accredited schools in the following school districts in the greater Middletown, Connecticut, area:

    • Cromwell
    • East Haddam
    • East Hampton
    • Meriden
    • Middletown
    • Portland
    • Region 13
    • Region 17
    • Rocky Hill

    Apply now. Please click here for the application.

    Teachers and librarians from other school districts are encouraged to apply for a GLS need-based scholarship.

  • Graduate Liberal Studies Need-Based Scholarships

    Students who are US citizens or permanent residents who are admitted to or are applying for admission to the degree program may apply for GLS need-based scholarships. 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.

    The deadline to apply for need-based GLS scholarships is December 10, 2020.

    The application is currently available at the top of this page.

  • Middletown (Conn.) Employees Scholarship

    Full-time employees of the City of Middletown, Connecticut, including full-time employees at the Russell Library and Godfrey Memorial Library, are eligible for a 50% tuition discount. This scholarship is open to all GLS student levels, non-degree as well as MALS and MPhil students.

    Apply now. Please click here for the application.

  • State of Connecticut Alternate Route to Certification Students and Alumni (ARC)
    • Who is eligible?
      Current ARC students and ARC alumni who earned the Certificate within 10 years of the first day of the first term of study at the GLS.
      Please see our calendar for the the first date of upcoming terms.
    • How much is the tuition discount?
      Students will receive a $420 per course tuition discount
    • How many courses can I take in total?
      Students planning to earn the MALS degree can take up to 12 courses with the discount over 6 years.
      Students planning to earn the MPhil degree can take up to 10 courses with the discount over 6 years.

    • How do I apply?
      Please send an email to with your name, month and day of birth (e.g. 09/01, not 09/01/87), and the day you either completed the ARC certificate or the date you expect to complete the certificate.

    • Other questions?
      Please email us at or call (860) 685-3334 and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Outside Scholarships

Monthly Payment Plan

  • Pay your tuition over 3 months

    Graduate Liberal Studies has partnered with FlyWire to offer a 3-month payment plan. Payment in full is still due upon registration, but completed enrollment in the payment plan is considered payment in full for purposes of registration.

    • FlyWire will charge a $45 fee each term you sign up to use the payment plan.
    • Payments to FlyWire are made through ACH transfer, Visa, and MasteCard.

    For more information, please visit FlyWire. As with any payment plan, please be sure you understand your rights and responsibilities before you commit to the plan.

    Please visit our Payment page for payment deadlines.

Apply for student loans if you need additional funding

  • Federal direct student loans

    Federal student loans are administered by Wesleyan University's Office of Financial Aid. Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

    • Enrolled half-time or better at the GLS in the term loans are being requested (generally 2 or more courses)
    • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen


    • Students must e-mail if they intent to pay for tuition with student loans so that the loans can be disbursed.
    • Students who pay for tuition with loans must pay the non-refundable $100 registration fee at the time of registration.Loans are disbursed after the first week of the term.
    • Students enrolled in the MALS final essay or project or the MPhil thesis are considered to be enrolled full time as described below. Please e-mail for additional information.
    • MALS final essay or project: term or enrollment in the final essay or project
    • MPhil thesis: the term of enrollment in the thesis and all terms the student is officially working on the thesis

    For more information, please click here.

  • Alternative loans

    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; often a co-borrower is required to pass credit reviews or receive a favorable interest rate. Interest accrues from disbursement. These loans may not be included in a federal consolidation. In recent years, 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 student in the selection process, we are using FASTChoice, an online comparison 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. You are not obligated to choose any of these lenders. Wesleyan will process any approved alternative loan promissory note you submit. Borrowers must email with details about any pending application.


    Citizens Bank

    Discover Student Loans



    Union Federal

    Wells Fargo

Contact GLS Financial Aid

Mary Kelly

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment