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FAQ: Scholarship & Financial

Yes, both merit-based scholarships and need-based federal aid are available to qualified MPS admitted students. Beginning with the Fall 2023 enrollment cycle, the Clinton School is more than tripling its opportunities for scholarships available to enrolling students. Enhanced cost-of-living stipends are also available.

More information on scholarships and funding opportunities can be found here.

All decisions about merit-based scholarships are made when the Admissions Committee determines a student's acceptance into the program. The MPS applicant's letter of acceptance will include the merit-based scholarship, if any, that is offered by the Clinton School. Applicants do not need to submit a separate scholarship application. In recent years, merit-based scholarship awards for the MPS have ranged from $5,000 to full tuition.

If you are a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S., you may apply for need-based federal student loans and grants. You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline in order to be eligible to receive federal loan funds. All need-based financial aid is processed for our students through the UA Little Rock (UALR) Financial Aid office. Click here to submit a FAFSA form.

To have your FAFSA submitted to us for financial aid review, please enter the UALR school code 001101.

Yes, but in limited numbers. While a number of AmeriCorps alumni may be admitted in a given admission cycle, each year we offer up to five single-match scholarships of AmeriCorps Education Awards (AEA) to well-qualified admitted MPS applicants. In order to be considered for one of these limited single-match scholarships, an admitted AmeriCorps alum must have an eligible AmeriCorps Education Award that has not yet been used. Students who have already used their AmeriCorps Education Award are not eligible for one of the five matching scholarships. 

However, please note that any admitted AmeriCorps alumni, even those not eligible for the AEA match, will be considered for standard Clinton School scholarship eligibility for the MPS degree program, along with all other admitted Clinton School applicants. AmeriCorps alumni who receive one of the matching scholarships will be notified in their MPS admission decision letter.

Yes. The Clinton School will do its best to work with each student to identify funding to facilitate the international service project of their choice. Typically, this has been done by offering a flat stipend to all students to help cover the costs of their individual International Service Projects.

Tuition costs for the Clinton School’s MPS program are very affordable, especially when compared to similar graduate programs around the country.

The total cost of tuition and fees for the full two-year MPS degree is $18,080. Estimated additional costs may include approximately $400 per semester for books and between $5,000-$6,000 per semester for living and personal expenses in the city of Little Rock.

No, all applicants pay the same $432 per credit hour for all MPS classes taught at the Clinton School. Elective courses taken at our other partner campuses are charged at the in-state rate.

The Clinton School does not require an application fee for our applicants. We invite all interested public servants to apply to our innovative MPS program.

No. The cost of the program is the same for domestic and international students. However, due to a range of domestic educational protocols, Clinton School Online is only available to students living in the United States while the program is ongoing.

Tuition is $850 per credit hour. In addition, there is a one-time technology fee of $500 and a one-time programming fee of $2,500.