Tuition + Financial Aid
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This page offers information about tuition, federal loans, need-based aid, the Yestermorrow
Scholarship, outside scholarships, and other financial aid resources.
Tuition, Fees, + Supplies
Conway is happy to keep tuition competitive with other private institutions. Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is $34,900. Tuition will not be raised during the academic year.
Tuition and fees: This payment covers costs incurred for operation of the school including adjunct faculty, visiting lecturers, use of school computer stations, some computer software, printing and drafting supplies, graphic reproduction costs, printed materials, some reading materials, transportation costs for field trips, and lodging for the fall orientation trip. Conway does not offer dormitory housing or meal plans. The participation fee covers the multi-day orientation field trip, information technology, and field trips.
Each participant agrees to pay tuition and fees according to the following payment schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year (continue to check this page for updated information):
- Application fee: $50 application fee upon submission of application
- Deposit: $750 non-refundable deposit upon signing enrollment agreement (the deposit is applied toward the first tuition payment)
- First payment: amount TBA due on or before September 1, 2016
- Second payment: amount TBA due on or before February 1, 2017
Equipment and supplies: A list of equipment and supplies that will need to be purchased is given to students after they have been accepted into the program. Each student is required to have their own laptop computer and basic computer skills.
Living expenses vary from student to student and are derived from student surveys completed at the end of each academic year. In addition to housing and food expenses, students need to budget for other personal living expenses including transportation, health insurance (coverage is required in Massachusetts), books, telephone, drafting equipment, digital camera, and other supplies. Expenses beyond tuition for the 10-month program average $22,000 (ranging from $15,000 to $30,000).
Housing: Conway does not have dormitories. Most students rent rooms, apartments or houses in Conway or adjacent towns for the year. The school maintains a list of available rentals, many of which have housed Conway students for years. Students make their own arrangements, usually during the summer before school starts. Contact the school for more information.
Transportation: Students need the use of a car during their year since public transportation is not available in the hilltowns. Within a half-hour drive of Conway, you can find natural food stores, bookstores, pharmacies, hospitals and clinics, supplies and services, recreational facilities, theaters, and excellent restaurants.
Health Insurance: Massachusetts law requires that all full-time college students participate in a health insurance plan that meets the state’s mandatory health insurance requirements. Contact Conway for more information.
The Conway School participates in the U. S. Department of Education’s Direct Loan Program. Stafford and Direct PLUS loans are available through this program.
- Stafford unsubsidized loans can fund up to $20,500 toward the cost of graduate education. These government loans are offered at fixed interest rates and repayment may be deferred while in school; loan payments need not begin until six months after graduation. Interest accrues on Stafford unsubsidized loans while a student is enrolled in school. The interest can be capitalized and deferred until repayment begins.
- Direct PLUS loans are available up to the total cost of attendance less any other financial assistance, including Stafford loans. These loans have an interest rate slightly higher than the Stafford loans and are subject to a credit check. Repayment of these loans begins as soon as the loan is fully disbursed; however, you may automatically apply an in-school deferment of your loan as long as you remain enrolled. There is no grace period on these loans when you stop attending school; however, you can request a six-month deferment from your graduation date. Both Stafford and Direct PLUS loans have a standard 10-15 year repayment term.
- Alternative or private student loans may also be available. It is important to keep in mind these factors:
- Alternative loans are usually credit-based and many loans require a co-signer.
- The interest rate is often based on your credit rating.
- Fees vary among programs.
- There is no federal interest subsidy on an alternative loan.
- Not all alternative loan programs have a grace period.
All students who are considering applying for financial aid must complete the Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Student Aid Report (SAR) generated from the FAFSA application will be used by the school to help determine loan eligibility. FAFSA can be done online any time after January 1.
Loans can be originated by the school only after a student has been accepted, confirmed attendance by coutersigning and returning the enrollment agreement, returned the signed financial aid award letter received from the school, completed the on-line financial aid entrance interview, and completed a Master Promissory Note(s).
To ensure that loan funds will be available when school begins in September, applicants can and are strongly advised to start financial aid applications at the same time they apply for admission.
For more information, see the Federal Student Aid Information Center.
Starting with the Class of 2013, the Conway School has offered a handful of need-based grants. Over time, the school’s ability to offer grant aid has gradually increased. As Conway raises funds from generous donors, including many alums of the school, we’ve been able to offer more grants. For the 2016-17 school year, we’re offering need-based grants up to $5000. These grant awards are available to students who apply for federal Direct Loans and are financially eligible. On a case-by-case basis, we are sometimes able to offer need-based grants to international students who are not eligible for US federal aid.
Students who have completed a course at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School may apply for a $2000 grant to attend Conway’s 10-month Ecological Design Master’s program. Read more
In addition to offering modest need-based grants and federal aid, Conway gladly assists students who are applying for other sources of scholarship funding. A list of outside scholarships is below.
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Annual awards of approximately $2 million have helped area students pay for college. The application season is January 1 through March 31.
Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts
Applicants must have maintained a legal residence in Massachusetts for at least one year, have a minimum “B” average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), have good character, and have financial need. There are eleven (11) scholarships available. Only one application is required per student. It should be noted that the Ruth Cleveland Scholarship is available to graduate or undergraduate students pursuing the study of the arts and/or sciences and that three of the scholarships require that the student attend the University of Massachusetts. The GCFM Scholarship Committee determines a student’s eligibility based on a completed application package.
National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Awards available up to $3,500.
Nauset Garden Club
Each year the Club awards two scholarships to permanent residents of Cape Cod or the Islands. Students must be entering their junior or senior year of college, or a graduate program. Their major must be in landscape design, horticulture, environmental, marine or related sciences. Students are selected based on both merit and need.
Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program
The goal of the Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program is to support highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate the potential for leadership in their field.
$15,000 grants available. Applications due in January each year.
EPA STAR Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, offers Graduate Fellowships for masters and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study.
Air & Waste Management Association
Individuals must be full-time graduate students pursuing courses of study and research leading to careers in air quality, waste management, environmental management/policy/law, and/or sustainability.
AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts)
Worldstudio Foundation, in conjunction with AIGA, the professional association for design, provides scholarships to minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying design and arts disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. (Supported fields of study change from year to year.)
This site is dedicated to providing career and self-development information to all minorities, specifically African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Native Americans and women.
DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides stipend, tuition, and fees for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines with an interest, major, or concentration directly related to one of the homeland security research areas. Full tuition plus monthly stipend. (Conway students have completed a sustainable landscape management plan for a U.S. military base.)
Well-Being Secrets Scholarship
“Each year we will award $5,000 to one lucky and extremely passionate student. You can spend this money on tuition and books. This scholarship can be used by students from different fields of study. My main criteria is how passionate are you about your field.”
Financial Aid Search Tools
The College Board
(800) 927-4302 or (609) 921-9000
Sallie Mae Student Loans
Discover Student Loans
Accredited Schools Online
Making College Affordable for Minority Students: College Scholarships, Grants and Financial Aid for Minority Students. This resource provides information about opportunities for African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, LGBT students, and females.
FinAid (part of Monster.com)
The Foundation Center’s Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Provides online access to accurate, up-to-date information on foundations that fund scholarships, fellowships, loans, and internships. Available as a paid subscription or for free at various public libraries across the U.S.