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
eligible.

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.

Federal Work Study

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To be considered for Federal Work Study, students who are U.S. citizens must first receive a subsidized Federal Stafford Loan.  For more information on the process of being considered for Work Study, as well as the most updated forms, please click here.

Research Funding

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Research assistant positions and research traineeships are available to graduate students in academic departments with sponsored research grants. Some departments also have graduate research assistantships funded by GW.

Research Appointments

Faculty members serving as principal investigators on research grants may hire GW students as research assistants. Contact your department to find out if any such opportunities are available.

Research Traineeships

Programs sometimes sponsor research traineeships. These merit-based awards provide varying stipends to fund technical training. Awards are available only in selected fields. Contact your department for more information.

Fellowships & Scholarships

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At the graduate level, fellowships and scholarships are interchangeable terms for merit-based awards, for which no service is required. The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) can provide general information and assistance on graduate support opportunities.

GW University Fellowships

Graduate students may apply for a variety of internal awards that involve a stipend and/or tuition award based on academic achievement.

External GW Fellowships

External fellowships are awards are funded by foundations and organizations outside of GW. Most of these programs carry fall deadlines and provide funds for the next academic year.

Study Abroad Fellowships

Graduate study abroad programs promote cultural understanding though language study, work-study, academic study, research or internships.

Awards by Academic Department

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences grants full or partial tuition merit awards at the time of admission.

 

Elliott School of International Affairs

The Elliott School of International Affairs grants full and partial merit awards.

 

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development grants full or partial tuition merit awards at the time of admission.

 

The GW School of Business

The GW School of Business grants full or partial tuition merit awards at the time of admission.

 

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences grants full or partial tuition merit awards at the time of admission.

School of Public Health and Health Services

The School of Public Health and Health Services grants partial merit awards.

 

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences grants partial merit awards.

The George Washington University Law School

The George Washington University Law School grants partial merit awards.

Assistantships

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The George Washington University has three graduate assistantship (GA) options that require work on the GWU campus. These are: graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs), graduate research assistantships (GRAs) and graduate administrative assistantships (GAAs).

Assistantships Awarded by Departments

GTA, GRA and GAA positions vary in terms of payment and duties. Academic departments within the schools and colleges make appointments for these positions.

College of Professional Studies

CPS does not have graduate assistantships.

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences 

The majority of graduate assistantships in CCAS are GTAs. Selection for these positions is made by the specific department at the time of admission. The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration has GRA positions available. Departments award GAs at the time of admission. Please contact your department chair or program director to determine availability.

Elliott School of International Affairs

The Elliot School of International Affairs generally grants GTAs and GRAs to Ph.D. candidates from the political science and history department.

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development

The Graduate School of Education and Human Development mainly grants GAAs. Some GRAs are made available in the special education department. Please contact your department chair or program director to determine availability.

The GW School of Business

Academic departments at the School of Business award GTAs at the time of admission. Please contact your department chair or program director to determine availability.

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences awards GTAs by academic department at the time of admission. Please contact your department chair or program director to determine availability.

School of Public Health and Health Services

GTA positions at the School of Public Health and Health Services are limited to departments such as epidemiology and biostatistics. Please contact the department chair or program director to determine availability.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences does not award graduate assistantships.

Types of Funding & Assistance

The George Washington University provides a number of ways for incoming students to fund graduate study.

Assistantships

Assistantships are departmental merit awards that require up to 20 hours of work per week.

Fellowships and Scholarships 

To fund masters and doctoral study, GW provides many fellowships and scholarships carrying tuition awards and/or stipends based on academic achievement.

Research Funding

Many academic departments with research grants from outside sponsors offer both research assistant positions and research traineeships to graduate students in specific fields. Some departments also have graduate research assistantships funded by GW.

Federal Work-Study

U.S. citizens applying for the Federal Direct Stafford Loan may qualify for need-based Federal Work-Study awards.

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. For descriptions of the loan programs, as well as an overview of the process involved in applying for these types of loans, please click here for more information.

Other Types of Financial Assistance

The George Washington University has a wide range of options for assisting with financing graduate study.

Other Expenses

Living Expenses

The average budget for Graduate Students on the Foggy Bottom campus for the 2010 – 2011 Academic Year (Fall and Spring semesters)  can be found here.

The budget for Distance Education students does not include living expenses. The budget includes tuition, fees, books and supplies.

Health Insurance

The George Washington University offers health insurance through the Student Health Insurance Plan. Students receiving official graduate assistantships will receive $1,000.00 toward the cost of the plan. For more information, please visit www.aetnastudenthealth.com or Student Health.

Tuition & Fees

The general cost of graduate courses can be found here.  Costs and fees per credit can vary by location and program.

Net Price Calculator

At GW, we understand that the ability to finance your education is an important factor in the college search process.  GW encourages prospective undergraduate applicants and families to discuss their financial options as part of this process.  To help facilitate this conversation, GW has created the Net Price Calculator.

The Net Price Calculator is a tool which helps estimate potential need-based awards from GW.  Families can use this tool to get an idea of how much they may be expected to contribute towards educational expenses based on their current financial situation. More than 65% of GW’s current undergraduate students receive some form of need-based financial assistance.  Please note, GW offers a Fixed-Tuition Plan, guaranteed grants, merit scholarships, and a 10-month payment plan to assist with financing your education which are not reflected in the Net Price Calculator results.

As you use the Net Price Calculator, please keep in mind:

  • The calculator provides an estimate of your expected family contribution and may not take into consideration all resources that may affect your eligibility for financial assistance at GW.
  • The accuracy of the information you provide determines the accuracy of the results.
  • The results provided by the calculator are only estimates and are not official offers of financial aid.
  • The exact cost to attend GW can be determined only after an official review has been completed of your financial aid application materials.
  • This calculator is meant to be used as a tool for prospective first time freshmen who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents living in the United States.
  • You will find easy-to-understand help messages next to every data entry field in the Net Price Calculator.