nONPROFIT Certificate Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2015-2016 academic year, tuition for the 80-hour nonprofit certificate series is $1500. Although it costs significantly more than this amount to offer the course, generous support from the Vermont Community Foundation, the TDBank Charitable Fund, and the A.D. Henderson Foundation enable us to keep the tuition reasonable. We will also work with each student to develop a viable financial plan.

Marlboro is also a proud partner of the Vermont Foodbank. This key hub organization has joined with Marlboro to offer matching scholarships for the Certificate to their member organizations. Eligibility is by invitation.

Resources for Financial Aid: Overview

 ApplicantResidencyNeed-basedNotesTypical Amount
ASAP Individual NH only yes Single parents encouraged to apply $100-$500
VSAC Individual VT only yes - Depends on need
Segal Award Individual open no Americorps/ VISTA alumni Variable
TD Bank Nonprofit Organization open no Must match mission area Up to $1000
Marlboro Alumni Individual open no Marlboro alumni $150
Marlboro Need-Based Individual open yes Must also apply to VSAC $300
Marlboro Capacity Building Nonprofit Organization open yes Matching grant Match up to $350

Marlboro College Financial Aid

Some internal financial aid is available from the Program in Nonprofit Management, based on need. After you register for the certificate online, you may be eligible for one of the following three programs:

Partnership for Capacity-Building Matching Grants

Nonprofit organizations recognize that advanced training in leadership and management is critical to the competitive strength and ongoing vitality of the sector. However, for some smaller organizations, meaningful investment in staff development can be financially challenging. Marlboro College created the Partnership for Capacity-Building program to insure that all stakeholders join forces to build a more skilled, effective, and confident workforce. This program is designed for organizations with an annual operating budget under $100,000. Marlboro will match a $350 employer contribution for a combined grant of $700, and the student will cover the remaining balance.

Please note that applicants for matching funds will need to supply a signed letter of support from their employer.

Alumni Grants

Fridays became a gift to myself—time to step away from the day-to-day and invest in thinking and learning that I knew would help my organization succeed.

          Tara Kelly, Executive Director, RAFFL

Marlboro College is proud of the diverse and inspiring contributions its alumni have made to the nonprofit sector, and we are always delighted to welcome our graduates back for further training. If you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from Marlboro, you are eligible for an alumni grant of $150.

Grants for Individuals

We have a limited amount of need-based aid available for students in difficult financial situations. Please note that we expect all Vermont applicants for need-based aid to also apply to VSAC for assistance.

How to Apply

Marlboro has limited funds available for financial aid, so we would encourage you to start by exploring your eligibility for assistance from external sources, such as the programs described below. Vermont students intending to apply for Marlboro's need-based aid must also apply to VSAC.

After your registration is on file, you can apply for Marlboro College financial aid using an online 'Request for Financial Aid' form. The Priority Financial Aid deadline is 2016 will be July 27, 2105. Additional funds may be available after that date. If you would like more information about financial aid, please contact the program director at or (802) 251-7690.

Other Sources to Explore

Our students have been successful applying for external sources of aid such as the following. Please note that these external resources are not affiliated with the Certificate in Nonprofit Management and all have independent application processes. You must apply directly to these programs.

Students taking the certificate to improve job skills may also qualify for a Lifetime Learning Credit from the IRS ; consult a tax professional to learn more. Individuals registered with Vermont Joblink may be able eligible to receive Workforce Investment Act funds for this training; contact your local Department of Labor office for more information.

VSAC Non-Degree Grant (for VT residents)

Any Vermont resident enrolled in a non-degree (non-matriculated) course that will improve employability or encourage further study is eligible to apply for a Vermont Non-Degree grant. The grant award amount is based on financial need and the cost of the course. The maximum award amount per term is determined each year by VSAC based on funding availability.

An applicant may receive a Non-Degree grant for up to two enrollment terms per financial aid year (July 1 - June 30), and a total of six terms of Non-Degree grants in a lifetime. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available. There is no cut-off date for application, but they do run out of funds so your chances are best if you apply near the beginning of the fiscal year in late summer or early fall. Contact VSAC for more information.

Adult Student Aid Program (for NH residents)

New Hampshire residents may be eligible for the Adult Student Aid Program (ASAP), administered by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. ASAP is designed to help students who are returning to school to upgrade skills for employment or for career advancement, to qualify for a degree program, or to make a career change. Applicants may be taking one or more courses for credit or non-credit, in a degree program or non-degree program.

Awards typically range from $100 to $500. Requests for funding may be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on December 15th, May 15th or August 15th each year for upcoming academic terms. There is a $15 application fee.

TD Bank Nonprofit Training Grant (for organizations)

Nonprofit organizations may be eligible for a TD Bank Nonprofit Training Grant to apply to an employee's certificate tuition. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but should be submitted before the class begins and preferably a month in advance, or August 15 for fall classes. An organization can receive no more than $1000 per calendar year. Grant amounts are to cover employee tuition only.

To qualify for this funding, organizations must be a 501(c)(3) located in a TD Bank market area and must promote one of the following:

* Affordable housing for low- to moderate-income individuals
* Increased economic (small business) development
* Financial literacy for low- and moderate-income youth, individuals or families
* After-school or extracurricular programming for low- and moderate-income children

Segal Americorps Education Award (for Americorps & Vista alumni)

After successfully completing a term of service, AmeriCorps members who are enrolled in the National Service Trust are eligible to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. You can use your education award to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans. If you successfully complete a term of service in VISTA, you may choose to receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in place of the end-of-service stipend.Pay Current Educational Expenses at a Qualified School

The Segal award can be used to pay tuition for a degree- or certificate-granting program of study or continuing education courses at a qualified Title IV school such as Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies programs.

I've transitioned from development manager at BMAC to now being the executive director of a small, community-based non-profit right in my little town of Jaffrey. I can't tell you how much I rely on the skills I learned in the certificate program and my new network/co-hort (so many of whom I'm still in touch with).

     Melanie McDonald W13