Financial Aid

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Financial Aid

Tuition for the Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program totals $30,063 ($27,330 for New Hampshire residents) for all pathways (14 to 24 month programs). Get more information on tuition and fees.


To apply for one or more of the following scholarships, click on the link below and complete this Online Scholarship Application Form. Please note that your scholarship application will be reviewed only after we receive your application to the program.

Online Scholarship Application Form

Carsey School Scholarship

The Carsey School of Public Policy offers a limited number of needs-based partial tuition scholarships to any applicant with financial need who has applied to the Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program by submitting the UNH Grad School online application.  In order to be considered for the Carsey School Scholarship, please complete and submit your Online Scholarship Application Form by April 20th.  Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an award within two to three weeks after submitting a completed application. We also encourage students who are awarded a scholarship to leverage their award by seeking additional funding opportunities from other sources.

S. Melvin Rines Fellowship

The S. Melvin Rines Fellowship is a highly competitive scholarship award for motivated, talented, young professionals committed to making a difference on the African continent through work in financial innovation and enterprise development.  This Fellowship provides a partial tuition scholarship to qualified students who enroll in the Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program and will help to prepare awardees for a rewarding career and future leadership roles within the finance field in Africa. Successful candidates must be committed to Africa’s development and demonstrate outstanding academic and professional achievement, as well as effective team work and leadership potential.  To apply for the S. Melvin Rines Fellowship, please complete and submit the Online Scholarship Application Form by March 15thNote: Only those students who have been offered admission to the Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program and accepted this offer will be considered for this Fellowship.

Partnership Program Education Awards

The Carsey School is proud to partner with likeminded organizations with similar missions and visions to offer education awards to individuals that have served their communities, allowing them to further their education and expand their impact, both domestically and overseas:

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

AmeriCorps Alumni are eligible to receive up to one full-time Segal AmeriCorps Education Award match to pursue a public service graduate degree at the Carsey School of Public Policy. When combined with the AmeriCorps award, this represents up to a 50% reduction in the total tuition costs. In addition to the education award, the $65 application fee is waived for AmeriCorps applicants. The amount of the AmeriCorps Education Award and Carsey’s dollar-for-dollar match amount depends on the total hours of service.  Applicants should complete the Online Scholarship Application Form to be considered for this education award.

City Year Alumni University Partnership Education Award

City Year Alumni University Partnership Program applicants will be offered up to a $7,000 education award based upon their years of service in the Corps and/or on Staff. Applicants should complete the Online Scholarship Application Form to be considered for this education award.  Applicants will be considered after receipt of a completed application and the City Year verification letter.  Note:  Applicants can obtain a verification letter by sending an email to with "Carsey School at UNH - City Year Verification Letter Request" in the subject line and include the site(s) where you served and dates of service in the email.

Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Education Award 
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who enroll via the Coverdell Fellows program are eligible to receive an $8,000 education award. This represents up to 30% or more of total tuition costs for applicants pursuing a public service graduate degree at the Carsey School of Public Policy. Coverdell Fellows should complete the Online Scholarship Application Form to be considered for this education award.

What alternative funding opportunities are available?

We strongly encourage you to look into other outside scholarship opportunities from organizations such as the World Bank, Fulbright, the Ford Foundation, or the American Association of University Women (among others). We maintain a list (see below) to assist you in your search for supplemental funding. Please note that the list is not comprehensive and that there are most likely additional opportunities that exist of which we are not aware. Use it only as the beginning of a broader and more comprehensive search.

What if I am waiting to hear about an outside scholarship and cannot submit all the requirements?

If you are unable to submit all of the documentation necessary to hold your space in the class (statement of acceptance, completed VIDOF with supporting documentation, etc.), please contact Sanjeev Sharma promptly to provide the details of your situation so that he can advise you on the best way to proceed.

Other Sources of Financial Aid

Many employers offer tuition benefits (scholarships, grants, subsidies) as part of their benefits package, so be sure to check with your human resources department to explore if you are eligible. Be sure to read the fine print to ensure you meet the specified requirements to qualify for the benefits and be aware of any limitations.

The following is a list of other possible sources of external funding resources for graduate students and researchers. UNH does not award any of these fellowships, scholarships or grants. This list is presented for informational purposes—it is the responsibility of each applicant to investigate and apply to each external funding agency.

As we become aware of other opportunities, we will add them to this page.

  • American Association of University Women
    One of the world's largest sources of funding, offering a variety of fellowships to both international and American female graduate students
  •  Scholarships for African American Students
    A holistic financial aid guide specifically for African American students
  • Boren Fellowships
    Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.  Awards provide up to $24,000 for overseas study min 12 weeks, max of 1 year.  Note:  The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.   UNH offers assistance in completing the application.  Interested applicants should contact:  Jeanne Sokolowski ( at the UNH Office of National Fellowships in early fall for assistance in completing the application in time for the January 31st deadline.
  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program
    This program brings over 1,800 students from 144 countries to the United States annually
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program
    The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.  UNH offers assistance in completing the application.  The process typically starts in March of the year you intend to apply. Interested applicants should contact:  Jeanne Sokolowski ( at the UNH Office of National Fellowships in the spring for assistance.
  • Gates Millennium Scholars Program
    Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.  Note:  applicants must be Gates Scholar recipients for their undergraduate degree.
  • Global Student Loan Corporation
    Educational loans for international students
  • Grand Challenges in Global Health
    Subsidiary of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, fosters innovation in global health research
  • International Educational Financial Aid
    Searchable site of international loans and scholarships
    Site lists scholarships and other funding for future funding
  • Israeli-Arab Scholarship Program (IASP)
    Provides educational opportunities in the United States for Israeli Arabs
  • LASPAU OAS-Placed Graduate Scholarship Program
    LASPAU administers scholarships and loans for a variety of agencies located in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant
    This grant is offered to encourage the building of the science of African American success by studying those attitudes and behaviors that cause people to attain high academic achievement.  The grant amount is $5,000.
  • Open Society Institute, Soros Foundation Network
    Grants, scholarships, and fellowships for students worldwide
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Sponsorship
    Private scholarships providing partial funding
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid For Women (Learn How to Become)
    A website providing a scholarship and financial aid search tool specifically for women
  • Smithsonian Office of Fellowships & Internships
    The Office of Fellowships and Internships has central management and administrative responsibility for the Smithsonian Institution’s programs of research, internships, fellowships and other scholarly appointments.
  • Smithsonian Minority Awards Program – Visiting Student
    The Office of Fellowships and Internships offers visiting student awards to increase participation of U.S. minority groups who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field.
  • UNCF/Koch Scholars Program
    Offers scholarship opportunities to talented African-American undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students with both a demonstrated financial need, and an interest in exploring how entrepreneurship, innovation and economics contribute to well-being for individuals, communities and society.
  • UNH Military & Veteran Services
    UNH is a proud supporter of our military and veterans. The office of Military and Veterans Services welcomes you to visit their offices on the UNH Durham Campus (301 Thompson Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 301) or contact them (603-862-0643; for support, services, scholarships, and assistance with using your GI Bill benefits. This includes tuition waivers for those that served in the New Hampshire Air & Army National Guard.


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