Financial Assistance & Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities for MACS Students

The Master of Arts in Chinese Studies (MACS) program offers a number of types of financial assistance in addition to federal loans for qualified applicants:

  • MACS/Starr Scholarship. Such scholarships carry a maximum of $6,000/year and are offered to incoming students only.
  • Summer Tuition discount. Accepted MACS students participating in the annual summer advanced Chinese program in Hangzhou China are eligible for a summer tuition discount of up to 30% of regular summer tuition for up to 8 graduate credits.
  • International travel. Accepted MACS students participating in the annual summer advanced Chinese program in Hangzhou, China are eligible for international travel assistance for up to $1,250 for the round-trip between China and the US.
  • Teaching assistantships. Several teaching assistantships are available for qualified MACS students with the primary responsibility of tutoring undergraduate students taking lower lever Chinese language classes.
  • Office managers. Two positions are available through the Chinese and Japanese Studies Program. Office manager are paid based on hourly wages. The normal work load is about 15-20 hours per week.
Tuition and Fees for the 2008-2009 Academic Year
  • Graduate Tuition: $450 per credit hour (2006-2007 tuition)
  • Parking: $100 per year (fall and spring semesters)
  • General Fees for All Students: $80.00 per semester
  • Application Fee to MACS program: $30.00 (If a professor refers an applying student to our program, and the professor notifies our office, the student's $30 application fee will be waived.)
  • Application fee for international students: $50.00

To be eligible for the awards listed above, you will need to:

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for some of the financial aid such as the MACS/Starr scholarship, and
  • Be formally enrolled at least half time in the MACS program.

How to Apply?
Download the application form and submit it to the Office of the Graduate School via e-mail ( or via mail (Office of the Graduate School, Kretzmann Hall, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 46383) immediately.

Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities

National Security Education Program David Boren Fellowship
Valpo's MACS students are eligible to apply for the National Security Education Program David Boren Fellowship, which enables them to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. NSEP supports students studying languages, cultures, and world regions such as Chinese. Boren Fellowships are intended to support U.S. graduate students who will pursue the study of languages and cultures deemed critical to U.S. national security, and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government.

For those students who have an advanced-level proficiency in Chinese, please note that you are eligible for support under the Boren Fellowship to participate in a National Flagship Overseas Program.

For more information about these opportunities, please visit:

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships
Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund a year of advanced study of an Asian language in Asia for American citizens and permanent residents of the United States who have a college degree and who plan to use an Asian language in their careers. Please visit for grant guidelines and eligibility requirements. Application forms can be printed from this website. For 2010 grants, study must start between June 2010 and May 2011. The next postmark deadline for applications will be December 30, 2009.

Blakemore Refresher Grants
Blakemore Refresher Grants are short-term grants available to former Blakemore Fellows, professors who are teaching in an Asian field at a university or college in the United States whose degree is in an Asian field, post-doctoral professionals whose degree is in an Asian field, and graduates of the regular academic-year programs at IUC-Yokohama, IUP-Beijing, and the ICLP-Taipei. Please visit for further information. Application forms can be printed from this website. Applications from former Blakemore Fellows may be submitted for consideration at any time and are reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis.