Tuition And Fees
The total tuition and fees for the 2019–2020 school year is $17,500 for both first-year and second-year students. While Relay students are responsible for the cost of this program, Relay has worked to raise scholarship funds and identify financial support to make this unique educational program affordable. Moreover, eligible students may apply to receive federal direct unsubsidized loans or TEACH grants to pay their tuition and fees at Relay.
Note: Students admitted into M.A.T. programs with advanced standing may incur an additional $250 credit-evaluation fee in addition to the figure above, and students in the Advanced Certificate in Special Education program in New York may have slightly lower total tuition costs. Students repeating a term and/or courses may be charged the repeat coursework tuition and fees instead of the regular tuition and fees structure. See Repeat Coursework for more information.
Relay offers a number of institutional scholarships to eligible students. These scholarships are funds that, unlike loans, do not need to be repaid. They are subject to terms, conditions, and available funding. SFS will reach out to applicants after admissions applications have been reviewed to inform them of their institutional aid through a financial aid offers.
Urban Teacher Scholarship
The Urban Teacher Scholarship is awarded to eligible students who teach in public charter and district schools.
The Relay Fellowship is awarded to eligible students who are not currently participating in AmeriCorps, do not have AmeriCorps Education Award funds from previous participation in an AmeriCorps program, and are not supported by outside scholarships. Granted at the beginning of each academic term, the Relay Fellowship is contingent upon continued employment at an eligible school and enrollment in an eligible program.
Relay Fellowship award amounts are determined based on available funding for the fellowship, and the amounts of the individual fellowships vary. For more information on deferred tuition, please see Deferred Tuition.
Relay Fellowship award amounts are lowered if students enter with previously earned AmeriCorps education awards. Relay Fellowship awards may be rescinded or adjusted at Relay’s discretion if a previously earned AmeriCorps education award is found to be accessible by the student or was not disclosed to SFS. Recipient tuition billing statements are reviewed at the end of each term.
Relay Residency Scholarship
The Relay Teaching Residency program is an AmeriCorps program. However, for participants in the Relay Teaching Residency program who are not receiving AmeriCorps education awards due to limited AmeriCorps positions or documented ineligibility, the Relay Residency Scholarship may be available.
Similar to the AmeriCorps education award, the Relay Residency Scholarship is only awarded to students upon successful completion of the full academic year. Tuition in the amount of the Residency Scholarship is made payable at the end of the academic year. Relay defers tuition so that students are able to use their anticipated Residency Scholarship funds to cover a portion of their tuition charges when they receive the funds at the end of the academic year. If students do not receive their Relay Residency Scholarships for any reason, they will be responsible for paying this balance out of pocket. If students take a leave of absence, withdraw, are administratively withdrawn, or are dismissed from the program before completion of the full academic year, students may not receive any portion of the Relay Residency Scholarship. If they have not completed all terms of the year, their deferred tuition balance becomes payable immediately. Students will be responsible for covering any portion of their tuition and fees that would have otherwise been covered by the Relay Residency Scholarship award, in addition to any other unpaid tuition charges. For more information on deferred tuition, please see Deferred Tuition. For more information on extenuating circumstances, please see Extenuating Circumstances for AmeriCorps Recipients.
Other Institutional Scholarships
Relay may be able to offer additional scholarships based on available funding. Students eligible for these scholarships will be notified by SFS during the enrollment process.
Federal Financial Aid
Relay offers direct unsubsidized student loans and TEACH grants to help cover costs of attendance for eligible, matriculated students in Title IV eligible programs. Applicants and students interested in applying for federal financial aid will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the U.S. Department of Education’s website, www.fafsa.ed.gov (Relay’s school code is 042086). Applicants for admission may submit their FAFSA before completing the admissions process, but decisions about federal financial aid are not finalized until the admissions process has been completed. Students not interested in requesting loans or TEACH grants do not need to submit FAFSAs.
Satisfactory Academic Progress and Title IV
Recipients of federal financial aid are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to be eligible for any Federal Title IV student-aid program. If students are placed on academic probation for a term, they will also be placed on federal financial aid warning status for that term. During the warning term, students remain eligible for federal student loans and TEACH grants. Students have one term to return to satisfactory academic standing; failure to do so will result in program dismissal from Relay and ineligibility for all Title IV assistance. Students who then successfully appeal their program dismissals and remain enrolled at Relay will be placed on financial aid probation and will be eligible to receive federal financial aid for only one more term, after which they will lose eligibility unless they make satisfactory academic progress at the end of the term or otherwise meet the requirements of the academic plan set by the campus Dean's Office. Additionally, students will lose eligibility for Title IV assistance from the point at which they are no longer able to complete the full program within 150% of the published program length.Please see Academic Standing and Satisfactory Progress for details.
Return of Title IV
All Title IV funds (including federal direct unsubsidized loans and TEACH grants) are awarded to students under the assumption that students will attend Relay for the entire period for which federal financial aid is awarded. Under return of Title IV regulations, students are considered to have withdrawn from the term if they do not complete all the days in the term they were scheduled to complete. Students earn the federal financial aid they have been awarded in direct proportion to the number of days in the term they remain enrolled as active academic participants through the 60% point in the term. Students who withdraw or otherwise cease academic activity after the 60% point earn 100% of the aid received for that payment period and will not be required to return any portion of that aid.
If recipients of Title IV funds withdraw from Relay after beginning attendance during a term, Relay will calculate the amount of federal financial aid that students have earned. If the amounts disbursed to students are less than the amounts earned, students are eligible to receive a post-withdrawal disbursement. If the amount disbursed is greater than the amounts earned, Relay will return the unearned funds to the Department of Education. If students owe funds to Relay as a result of Relay returning unearned funds to the Department of Education, students will be responsible for paying Relay the full balance of any funds owed.
Students who receive federal loans or TEACH grants to finance their education at Relay will be required to complete exit counseling when they graduate or when they cease to be enrolled at least half-time. The completion of exit counseling is a requirement for graduation from Relay and a federal requirement for those students who withdraw or drop their enrollment status to below half-time. Graduating students who do not complete exit counseling on time are subject to bursar holds.
Additional Sources of Tuition Support
AmeriCorps Education Award
Full-time AmeriCorps members who complete a year of service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (Segal Award) to pay for current educational expenses or to pay back qualified student loans. The award is projected to be valued at $6,095 for the 2019-2020 academic year, and individuals may earn education awards for up to two year long service terms. Relay students may participate in AmeriCorps through the Relay Residency program, Teach For America, Citizen Schools, or another eligible AmeriCorps service program.
For students currently enrolled in an AmeriCorps program, tuition in the amount of the Segal Award is made payable at the end of the academic year. Relay defers tuition so that students are able to use their Segal Award funds to pay this balance when they receive them at the end of the academic year. If students do not receive their Segal Award for any reason, or if they do not use these funds toward paying their deferred tuition balance, they will be responsible for paying this balance out of pocket. If students take a leave of absence, withdraw, are administratively withdrawn, or are dismissed from the program before this balance has been paid, it will no longer be deferred and will become payable immediately, even if students have not earned or will not earn their Segal Award. For more information on deferred tuition, please see Deferred Tuition. For more information on extenuating circumstances, please see Extenuating Circumstances for AmeriCorps Recipients.
Students who receive an AmeriCorps award also should be aware of the following:
Students may use the award for any expense allowed by the AmeriCorps rules;
The amount of the Segal Award is dependent on congressional funding for the AmeriCorps program and is subject to change. Students are responsible for paying all tuition and fees that are intended to be covered by their Segal Awards; and
Students who do not receive their award (due to withdrawal, administrative withdrawal, or program dismissal from Relay; withdrawal, administrative withdrawal, or program dismissal from their AmeriCorps program; or any other reason) will be responsible for covering out of pocket any portion of their tuition and fees that has been deferred and would have otherwise been covered by their award.
The Segal Award is subject to federal and state tax when it is used; students should consult a tax advisor for more information.
More information about AmeriCorps is available at: http://www.americorps.gov
TFA corps members may be granted TFA Education Awards at the end of each year of service in lieu of a Segal Award. Relay is eligible to accept these awards and will defer tuition for students expecting the TFA Education Awards. All terms and conditions related to deferred tuition still apply.
Students may receive financial assistance from sources other than federal and institutional financial aid programs. Under federal law and school policy, Relay must consider outside resources when deciding what other aid or loans students may be eligible to receive. Outside awards may reduce students’ eligibility for federal and institutional financial aid.
Outside awards are incorporated into financial aid packages in three steps: first, they may replace an equal amount of the Relay Fellowship, as the award is intended to help students without access to outside sources of aid; then they reduce students’ out-of-pocket responsibilities; and finally they may replace other institutional scholarships. Students whose financial aid packages are adjusted to account for outside awards in the middle of an academic year will receive email notifications and/or updated financial aid offers.