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Financing your education

It is our goal at Penn to make education accessible to talented students from the widest possible range of backgrounds. The Master of Environmental Studies, like most professional master’s programs, is not able to offer tuition assistance in the form of scholarships; however, MES students are eligible to apply for financial aid, including a variety of student loans, some of which are subsidized by the federal government.  All domestic applicants interested in their loan eligibility should complete the FAFSA form after applying to the Master of Environmental Studies program. Penn’s Student Financial Services (SFS) office is available to help prospective and current students navigate the process. For more information on financing your graduate studies, visit their website for Graduate and Professional Students or contact SFS.

If you intend to enroll as a working professional, you may be able to take advantage of tuition benefits offered by your employer.  If you are a full-time Penn employee, learn more about Penn’s tuition benefits package.

Opportunities for paid teaching and research assistantships are occasionally available for our students.  Once you have enrolled in classes, please contact the Master of Environmental Studies Office for more information.


Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA)

  • Up to $7,500 for scholarships for air quality study, waste management study, environmental management or policy research study, and sustainability research or study
  • Applications available: September
  • Deadline: January

American Water Resources Association (AWRA) – Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship

  • $2,000 scholarship for a full-time graduate student enrolled in a program related to water resources
  • Must be a student member of AWRA (cost = $30/year)
  • Applications available: April
  • Deadline: Summer

American Waterworks Association Scholarships

  • Various scholarships for students pursuing a water-related course of study at the graduate level with awards up to $7,000
  • Deadline: January
  • Decision: Early April

EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Scholarships

  • Up to $42,000/year (up to two years) which includes a stipend for research/expenses as well as up to $12,000 for tuition and fees for master’s students who are pursuing a degree in environmental studies
  • Must be citizens of the US or its territories or possessions, or be lawfully admitted to the US for your permanent residence.
  • Deadline: November
  • Decision: Sent out in May–July of the next year

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Scholarship

  • $1,000 award per year
  • Available to those students or career professionals who are enrolled in a graduate environmental health/sciences program
  • Must have at least one full year (fall and spring semester) of coursework remaining to be eligible
  • Deadline: February
  • Decision: June/July

Society of Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP) Scholarship

  • $2,500 for a woman pursuing a graduate degree in the environmental field with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must be a US citizen or hold permanent resident status
  • Deadline: December

Fall application deadline: April 1st

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