Financing Your Degree
When evaluating how to pay for your MPH degree, there may be a number of resources available to you, including tuition assistance from your employer, merit-based scholarships, scholarships funded by professional organizations and loan forgiveness programs. In particular, MPH@GW students may be eligible to apply for the following to assist in paying their tuition:
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans: Students are potentially eligible to receive up to $35,778 in Direct Unsubsidized Loans per 11-month academic year, regardless of personal or spousal income.
- Federal Direct PLUS Loan: Graduate students, who have additional eligibility beyond their annual Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan amount, may apply for this credit-based loan. Please see GW’s website at http://financialaid.gwu.edu/federal-direct-graduate-plus-loan for more information.
- Private Loans: Students who require additional assistance may apply for education loans through private lenders.
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness: This program was created to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full time in public service jobs.
- Scholarships: Students may be eligible to apply for scholarships offered through the George Washington University.
Applying for MPH Financial Aid
If you intend to apply for financial aid, you should begin the process as soon as possible. To apply, complete these steps:
- Visit studentloans.gov and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). GW’s school code is 001444.
- Complete your application for admission to the MPH@GW program.
We encourage you to apply for financial aid in conjunction with your admission application. You will receive your financial aid decision after you have received your admission decision. Additionally, you will be required to apply again for aid each year you are in the program.
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program was created to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full time in public service jobs in local, state, federal or nonprofit (501C3) organizations. Loan forgiveness is available after a borrower has made 120 on-time payments on federal student loans. Students can consolidate all federal loans (undergraduate and graduate Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS loans) and potentially extend their loan repayments beyond the standard 10 years to take advantage of this opportunity. More information on PSLF is available here.
Financial Aid for International Students
Eligibility for federal and university need-based aid is limited to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents and eligible non-citizens who are currently living within the United States for purposes other than studying. International students should explore funding options in their home countries and talk with their employers about tuition benefits that may be available, including tuition reimbursement and low-cost loans. Based on the country of residence, some international students may also have access to education loans through private lenders.
Please note that international students in online degree programs are not eligible to participate in the U.S. Student Visa process.