What We Do
Our partnerships are designed to illuminate multiple pathways for a diverse group of individuals to access, navigate, and thrive in their careers and lives.
If you live or work in Somerville, you may be eligible for up to 100% of tuition during the 2023-2024 academic year.
ARPA Eligible Courses & Degree Programs include Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, and Expressive Therapies for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and certificates.
Lesley-Somerville ARPA Scholars Application
Lesley University has been awarded a Federal ARPA grant through the City of Somerville to financially support Somerville residents or individuals employed in Somerville who wish to pursue or advance a professional undergraduate or graduate degree at Lesley University in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or Human Services.
- New students must apply to and be accepted into one of the eligible programs at Lesley to be considered for ARPA funding.
- Matriculated students in one of the eligible programs may apply for the ARPA funding.
- Accepted applicants for the ARPA funds will receive tuition relief at Lesley University for up to one year during the period from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024. Funding decisions will be made on a funds-available basis.
- Lesley’s financial aid team will work with individuals to identify additional funding opportunities beyond the first year of study.
- All ARPA funding applicants are required to fill out a FAFSA form regardless of need.
Riverside Scholars @ Lesley
To help meet the demand for mental health and behavioral counselors, particularly those caring for people from under-resourced communities, Lesley University and Riverside Community Care have launched an innovative workplace development partnership called Riverside Scholars @ Lesley.
The Riverside Scholars @ Lesley Program is intended for full-time students enrolled in our M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.
The program starts in Spring 2024. Each Riverside Scholar will receive a tuition scholarship, a guaranteed internship at a Riverside Outpatient Clinic, and the opportunity to be part of a cohort model to build a community of support throughout their careers as counselors. Riverside is also committed to offering full-time employment that matches the skills, experience level, and professional interests of each Riverside Scholar upon graduation.
How to Apply
Candidates who apply to the Counseling & Psychology master’s program (for the general specialty only) starting Spring 2024 are automatically considered for this new scholarship program. We will select Riverside Scholars on a rolling basis until all seats are filled. All spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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School District Partnerships
If you're studying at Lesley to become a teacher, benefit from partnerships built with PreK–12 school districts. Earn your Master of Education (M.Ed.) in a full-time accelerated teacher residency in a partner school district, take Lesley courses part-time at PreK–12 schools throughout the area, or be able to choose from a wide range of student teaching options.
By partnering with community colleges in the Greater Boston area—including Bunker Hill, Housatonic, Massasoit, Middlesex, Roxbury, Urban College of Boston, and others— we have created affordable and convenient paths toward earning a bachelor's degree. Take Lesley courses right on the community college campus. Apply the credits you've earned from your associate degree toward completing your Lesley bachelor’s degree.
- Behavioral Health Programs