Pre-College Program

GW Pre-College provides students with an extraordinary opportunity for an enriching summer experience at a top research institution. Our ten colleges and schools, nearly 100 research centers and institutes, world-class library system, and state-of-the-art technology provide an unparalleled breadth and depth of learning opportunities. High school students benefit tremendously from GW's expertise in global development, international relations, public policy and administration, politics, diplomacy, history, biomedical engineering, museum studies, and the arts. Our top-tier faculty guide, inspire, and empower students through immersive programs that connect academic experience with real-world practice.

GW Pre-College courses are intensive and exciting, allowing students to experience the academic rigors of learning in a college environment. They are academically challenging programs that integrate lectures and seminars with exploration of area organizations. Drawing on the rich resources of the university and Washington, D.C., students are engaged in programs at the center of the nation's political, intellectual, and cultural activity.

GW Pre-College also offers a transformative introduction to college life. Students develop confidence in their ability to become part of a new community, participating in recreational and social activities while making friends with peers from around the world. 

For more information, visit the GW Pre-College Program website. 

Graduate Admissions

The George Washington University offers more than 200 master's, doctoral and graduate certificate programs designed to fit the unique needs of our students. With numerous locations throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, you can find the program that is right for you.

Find a Graduate Program
Click here to use the Graduate Program Finder to explore the graduate programs offered at the George Washington University.

Graduate Admissions
Click here for complete information on the general graduate admissions process, including:

The schools and programs listed below have a separate admissions process. Please click through to their Web sites for details.


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Payment Options

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There are a variety of payment options available to students interested in graduate study. Please visit Colonial Central for more information, as well as for general tuition rates on and off campus.

Online Tuition Payment

The George Washington University makes life a little easier by providing online payment. 

GW Monthly Payment Plan

The GW Monthly Payment Plan covers both fall and spring semesters.

Third Party Billing

Third party sponsors pay all or part of a graduate student's tuition and fees. Third party sponsors are usually private companies, embassies or government agencies.

How to Apply for Funding and Assistance


The George Washington University has three types of graduate appointments. These positions are made by academic departments within the schools and colleges.

  • Deadlines:
    • Fall: Jan. 16
    • Spring:  Sept. 1

Fellowships and Scholarships – Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships

Graduate students may apply for a variety of internal GWU awards or external awards. Please visit The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships for more information.

Fellowships and Scholarships -- Schools and Departments

The deadlines for school and department awards are in fall (Jan. 16) and spring (Sept. 1).

Research Funding

Research assistant positions and research traineeships are available to graduate students in academic departments with sponsored research grants. Deadlines are rolling, so please contact your academic department to see if it has any principal investigators with research assistant positions on sponsored projects.

Federal Work-Study

Need-based Federal Work-Study awards are available for U.S. students applying for Federal Direct Stafford Loans, and are dependent on need and fund availability. Please go to our Work Study page for more information. 


The application process differs slightly for each type of loan program.  For the 2012-2013 Academic Year, all first time borrowers at GW must complete the Federal Direct Master Promissory Note for the loan program for which they are applying (Federal Direct Stafford and/or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan).  All first time borrowers at GW must also complete the Entrance Interview.  Private alternative loans require applications with the loan company.  All loan types require that a Loan Questionnaire be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.  This document provides our office with necessary information regarding your loan application such as loan type requested,  desired loan amount, loan period, program and enrollment levels and any other aid received.  Federal Direct Stafford and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan applicants are required to file the FAFSA each academic year.    

For step-by-step instructions and links to documents, please visit our Web site here.

Other Types

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The George Washington University provides many opportunities to help fund graduate study.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education allows students to integrate salaried, study-related work experiences into an academic program. These competitive positions are available in selected public agencies and private corporations. They are not based on financial need. International students may participate within the private sector, but opportunities in the public sector are limited to U.S. citizens.

House Mentors

House Mentors (HM) are residential assistants hired for upper-division halls. They help residents with personal and professional development. Full-time graduate students may apply for this position, which includes an hourly wage, a furnished room, voicemail and call-waiting services.  Click here to learn more, or here to fill out an application.

Student Employment

The Career Center has many sources and services for graduate students interested in working while they study. The center provides resources in person, online, in print or through listservs. These services can help a student develop a career plan, formulate a strategy for an individual job search and connect with prospective employers.

Career services for graduate students in the School of Business, the Elliott School of International Affairs or the Law School are available within each respective school. All  students are eligible to attend special programs and events, including panel presentations, workshops and career and job fairs, sponsored by the University-wide Career Center. 

Listings of full-time, part-time, internship, temporary and summer positions are available through GWork, the center's online job-listing system. To create a profile and search for positions, log on to the center's Web site and connect to the GWork link. 

Positions are also offered through Student & Academic Support Services.  Opportunities for graduate students can be found here.

Veterans Benefits

Active-duty personnel, veterans or dependents of veterans may be entitled to  educational benefits. To be eligible, veterans must have completed at least one year of active service in the U.S. Armed Forces, unless discharged under honorable conditions for medical reasons.

International Students

Most merit-based financial assistance opportunities are open to international students.

 Some students receive funding from GW, their home countries or the companies for which they work. Some international students received funding from GW, their home countries or the companies for which they work. Contact the International Services Office for information on U.S. employment and other guidelines. 

International students selected for teaching assistantships must demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency.

Loan Options

The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of the Federal Direct Stafford Loan,  Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan and private alternative loans to students who have been admitted to one of our graduate degree or approved graduate certificate programs.  Following are brief descriptions of the loan programs,  as well as an overview of the process involved in applying for these types of loans.  

Federal Direct Stafford Loans 

Graduate students at the George Washington University may borrow up to $20,500 in  Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan funds per academic year;  the loan amount is based on the number of credit hours the students plan to take.  Those who feel they need more than the $20,500 maximum may seek a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan or private alternative loans to further cover their educational costs. 

While in school, the student is responsible for the interest that accrues on the unsubsidized loan.  Federal Direct Stafford Loan has a fixed interest rate of 6.8 percent as set by the federal government.  Federal Direct Stafford Loan eligibility is,  in part,  determined by information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  

Students in Health Professions

Students working on Graduate degrees in the health professions fields
displayed below are eligible to borrow up to a total of $37,167 in
Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford funding per Academic Year.  The
amount you are eligible for is determined by the number of credits for
which you plan to enroll and the number of months in your selected
loan period as stated on your Loan Questionnaire.

Eligible Programs:

Master of Science in Public Health Microbiology & Emerging Infectious Diseases

Master of Health Services Administration

Master of Public Health:  Biostatistics

Master of Public Health:  Community Oriented Primary Care

Master of Public Health:  Environmental Health Science and Policy

Master of Public Health:  Epidemiology

Master of Public Health:  Global Health

Master of Public Health:  Global Health Epidemiology

Master of Public Health:  Health Policy

Master of Public Health:  Health Promotion

Master of Public Health:  Maternal and Child Health

Master of Public Health:  Physical Activity in Public Health

Master of Public Health:  Public Health Communication and Marketing

Master of Public Health:  Public Health Management

PhD in Public Health:  Environmental and Occupational Health

PhD in Public Health:  Global Health

PhD in Public Health:  Health Behavior

PhD in Public Health:  Health Policy

PhD and PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Please note that if you are in the Physician Assistant program, you
are eligible for these limits ONLY IF you are in a joint MPH program
with one of the above majors.  Physical Therapy students are NOT

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans 

The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan is a federally sponsored education loan for graduate students.    You are eligible to borrow up to the full cost of education,  including tuition,  fees,  living, book and transportation expenses,  less any financial assistance received.  We will not be able to certify your Federal Direct Graduate PLUS application until you apply for the Federal Direct Stafford Loan.  Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans have a fixed interest rate of 7.9 percent as set by the federal government for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year,  so you can borrow for your education without worrying about increases in interest rates or changes in monthly payments.  A minimum credit check is required for all Federal Direct Graduate PLUS borrowers.  If you are not eligible based on your own credit rating, you may become eligible if you obtain an endorser for the loan. 

Private Alternative Loans 

Private alternative loans are available to graduate students who feel they will need more than the $20,500 maximum available from the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program or students enrolled in certificate programs that are not Stafford or Graduate PLUS eligible.  Most private alternative loans allow a student to borrow up to the cost of attendance minus any other aid.

Additional loan information can be found here.