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Apply for Financial Assistance

Applying for assistance at The George Washington University is an important step in preparing for undergraduate and graduate study.

Learn how to apply for Undergraduate Financial Assistance

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.