Tuition, Fees, + Supplies

Conway keeps tuition competitive with other private institutions. Tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $35,998. Tuition will not be raised during the academic year.

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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, and transportation costs for field trips. 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 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
  • Second payment: amount TBA due on or before February 1

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

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 the area 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: Access to a vehicle throughout the year is helpful. However, many apartment rentals, grocery stores, restaurants, bookstores, and pharmacies are within walking distance of the school.

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.

Federal Loans

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.

Need-based Grants

Starting with the Class of 2013, the Conway School has offered need-based tuition grants to incoming students. 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. These grant awards are available to students who are financially eligible; the school determines eligibility by reviewing FAFSA applications from domestic applicants. For international applicants, the school will request submission of several documents that describe the applicant’s financial status. Please contact admissions for further information.

Yestermorrow Scholarship

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

Outside Scholarships

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.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill
The Conway School welcomes applications from military veterans and military-connected students.  We are committed to making our program accessible for veterans and their dependents.  Conway works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide one-on-one assistance to student veterans concerning GI Bill benefits, as well as other financial aid benefits and needs. Please contact us for more information.  We look forward to helping you understand and maximize your veterans benefits.

Typical application deadline: December.
Application materials required: Short responses to prompts. 
Award amount: $5,000.
Description: Adzuna has launched its ‘Student of the Year’ scholarship to award the brightest and most forward-thinking individual. To honor exceptional achievements, we are awarding the winner a cash prize of $5,000 and 1 to 1 career coaching to help them in their job search.

Buenas Opiniones
Typical application deadline: Deadline for fall semester typically at the end of preceding August. Deadline for spring semester typically at end of preceding January.
Application materials required: Short essay (500-1,000 words).
Award amount: $2,500.
Description: This scholarship is for Latino college graduate students.

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts
Typical application deadline: January 1 through March 31.
Application materials required: Transcripts, financial information, application form, etc.
Award amount: Various.
Description: Thanks to the generosity of the donors in this region, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts administers, through one centralized application process, scholarship and loan funds. Last year alone, the program attracted around 2,500 applications and awarded approximately $2 million to over 700 recipients and is recognized as one of the largest programs of the 700 plus community foundations in the country.

Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts
Typical application deadline: March.
Application materials required: Transcripts, essay, letters of recommendation, etc.
Award amount: Contact Garden Club.
Description: The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. offers scholarships for graduate students who will be attending accredited colleges and universities. 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.
Typical application deadline: February.
Application materials required: Written letter and other application materials.
Award amount: $4,000.
Description: One-year scholarships are available to graduate students pursuing a Master’s Degree. Annually up to forty-one (41) NGC Scholarships are available, each in the amount of $4,000. Applicant must be a US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States.

Grasshopper Entrepreneur Scholarship
Typical application deadline: March.
Application materials required: Short essay required on the topic of entrepreneurship. 
Award amount: $5,000.
Description: For any current or incoming graduate student.

Horace Smith Fund
Typical application deadline: March.
Application materials required: Transcripts, letters of recommendation, financial information, etc. 
Award amount: Contact foundation.
Description: In general applicants must be residents of Hampden County. If residency is in question, the Fellowship Committee reserves the right to make this decision. Awards are made to students pursuing a specific post-graduate degree. Awards will be made on the basis of all available information, including school records, recommendations and examination scores. Consideration will be given to both the merit and financial need of the applicant.

Houzz Scholarships
Typical application deadline: June and December.
Application materials required: Applicants are required to complete a survey about your education, career goals and an essay question. You will also be required to include a link to your Houzz profile, complete with images from your portfolio.
Award amount: $2,500.
Description: Three scholarships open to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate design or architecture program.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is intended to provide support for those at the beginning of their graduate career and individuals seeking to reenter graduate studies following an interruption of at least two consecutive years. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. The GRFP provides up to three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

Nauset Garden Club
Typical application deadline: Contact Garden Club.
Application materials required: Contact Garden Club.
Award amount: Contact Garden Club.
Description: Each year the Club awards two scholarships to permanent residents of Cape Cod or the Islands. Students must be entering 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.

Nav Entrepreneur Scholarship
Typical application deadline: January.
Application materials required: Short essay.
Award amount: $1,000.
Description: Nav just launched a scholarship for students with entrepreneurial aspirations. Students can apply by submitting a short essay about a business they run or a business they plan to start.

The Oregon Community Foundation 
Typical application deadline: March.
Application materials required: See foundation website.
Award amount:See foundation website.
Description: With 500 funds that make higher education and training more accessible through scholarships, OCF has one of the largest scholarship programs of its kind in the country. Every year, we award close to $10 million through 3,200 scholarships.

RevPart’s 2019 Spring STEM Scholarship
Typical application deadline: December.
Application materials required: Transcript, short essay.
Award amount: $1,000.
Description: RevPart is proud to support the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students by providing a scholarship to a student demonstrating excellent promise in their area of study.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Minorities
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SER-NE Laderman Student Grant
Typical application deadline: March.
Application materials required: Contact SER.
Award amount: $1,000.
Description: Student grants to support research and studies in the field of ecological restoration. Grants will be awarded based on Scholarly Merit, Feasibility, Need, and Contribution to the Field of Ecological Restoration.
Typical application deadline: April.
Application materials required: Short responses to prompts. 
Award amount: $1,000.
Description:This College Success Scholarship gives one student $1,000 to help with their tuition. Short responses to prompts required.

Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program
Typical application deadline: January.
Application materials required: Essay, letters of recommendation, resume, transcripts, course of study, financial information.
Award amount: $15,000 grants available.
Description: 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. Individuals enrolled in one-year Master’s degree programs may apply prior to enrollment, but must be formally accepted into their program to be eligible for a Fellowship interview (held in May).

True&Co The Future is Female Scholarship
Typical application deadline: June.
Application materials required: Short essays.
Award amount: $3,000.
Description: Scholarship to be used pursuing the educational course of your choice. Whether it is Coding, Design, Marketing, Research, Film — we want you to follow your passion. Application due in June.

Vectorworks Design Scholarship
Typical application deadline: July.
Application materials required: Short essays and submission of a sample project.
Award amount: $3,000-$7,000
Description: The Vectorworks Design Scholarship is designed to meet the needs and qualifications of a variety of students. At the time of submission, scholarship applicants must: have graduated no earlier than 2015 with a design-oriented degree OR be 1) enrolled or accepted for enrollment in undergraduate or graduate studies for six or more credits at an accredited college or university, and 2) pursuing a design-oriented degree.

Veterans & Military Family Scholarship
Typical application deadline: June.
Application materials required: Essay, Transcripts.
Award amount: $1,000
Description: Twice per year this firm bestows a $1,000 scholarship upon a hard-working U.S. college student who is an active duty service member, a veteran, or a spouse or child of an active duty or retired service member. Graduate students are eligible.

Vital Impact
Typical application deadline: June/July.
Application materials required: Transcript, letters of recommendation, proof of age and residency, short essay.
Award amount: Up to $2,000
Description: Scholarships for women over 35 living in Massachusetts for at least the 12 months immediately prior to the application deadline.

ZipRecruiter Scholarship
Typical application deadline: December.
Application materials required: Short essay.
Award amount: $3,000.
Description: ZipRecruiter is offering a $3,000 scholarship to a university student.

Zumper Scholarship
Typical application deadline: November and April.
Application materials required: Short essay (500 words).
Award amount: $1,000.
Description: Zumper, a national home and apartment rental search site, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to outstanding college students who have helped their classmates or community in a tremendous way. The application is short, simple, and easy to fill out. Any legal U.S. resident who will be attending an accredited university or college is eligible to apply.

Financial Aid Search Tools

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