I only want to apply for a Monterey Insitute Merit Scholarship. Should I complete the FAFSA application?

You do not need to complete the FAFSA application to apply for our merit scholarships. However, need-based scholarships from outside sources may require you to submit the FAFSA.

Should I apply for outside scholarships?

We highly encourage all students to apply for outside scholarships. There are numerous websites, organizations and companies that offer scholarships. Visit our blog for more scholarship resources.

Will I be eligible for other Monterey Institute scholarships?

All admitted applicants to the Monterey Institute are considered for merit-based scholarships.  These awards generally range from $4,000 to $14,000.  Since the maximum scholarship offering is less than the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, admitted veterans will be considered for the Yellow Ribbon program first.  Merit scholarships will be forfeited if a student opts to take Yellow Ribbon benefits.

What types of financial aid are available for my fifth year?

There are two main components financial aid at the Monterey Institute: merit scholarships and federal financial aid (Federal Work Study, Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, and the Federal Graduate PLUS Loans) based on financial need.

If I'm not a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, can I apply for financial aid?

All students, regardless of their citizenship status, are considered for the Monterey Institute merit scholarship if they successfully apply by the priority scholarship deadlines. Additionally, international students can also apply for a private educational loan if they have a creditworthy US cosigner. If you have an F-1 or J-1 Visa, you can also work on campus up to 20 hours per week to help defray living expenses.

If I had financial aid at Middlebury, do I need to reapply to attend the Monterey Institute?

Yes. All applicants who apply to the Monterey Institute by one of the priority scholarship deadlines are automatically considered for our merit scholarship. Students eligible for federal financial aid (US citizens, permanent residents, and qualifying non-residents) must apply annually. There is no formal deadline to apply for federal financial aid. However, we encourage you to submit all application mate

Why are there multiple deadlines for scholarship consideration?

You can apply to our programs at any time during the year. We receive the bulk of our applications for fall admission from late autumn through early spring. After an application is received, an admissions decision will usually be made within 4-6 weeks. All admitted applications are then eligible for merit based scholarship consideration.

Is there scholarship or other funding support available?

We are limited to a select scholarship program at this point, which is specifically designated for Davis UWC Scholars.  However, we are continually exploring additional funding opportunities.  We actively encourage applicants to consider applying for other scholarships through outside sources. 

To date, we have had several students that have been successful in securing such funds through other school affiliations, local community organizations and/or previous volunteer service (i.e. Americorps, Peace Corps, etc.).