Graduate Student Questions
If you are classified as an associate graduate student, which is non-degree classification, you will not be entitled to borrow at the graduate student loan level. You may, however, be eligible to borrow as a fifth-year undergraduate on a prorated basis or through a private loan program. If you have associate graduate student status, an Office of Financial Aid Loan Coordinator will advise you on your borrowing limits.
Graduate students may apply for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loans through the Office of Financial Aid. View more details >
View the Graduate Application for Financial Aid page to determine the correct form to complete, based on your semester of enrollment.
Continuing students who request fellowships, scholarships, RAs, TAs, and GAs that will begin in the fall semester must file a request with their academic department no later than February 1. Generally, a special committee formed by departmental faculty makes recommendations for the recipients of these awards based on merit.
Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS loans are now processed through the Federal Direct Loan Program. If you have not yet borrowed through the Direct Loan Program, you will be required to complete a new Master Promissory Note (MPN) and complete the Entrance Counseling Session. If you have previously borrowed through the Direct Loan Program and you signed the Master Promissory Note less than 10 years ago, you will only be required to complete the Entrance Counseling Session for the first year in which you borrow at the graduate level.
Teaching assistantships (TAs), research assistantships (RAs), graduate assistantships (GAs), fellowships, and scholarships are academic awards made by the University, by individual academic departments, and by the Dean’s Office. Several graduate assistantships unrelated to a particular area of study can be obtained by applying to administrative offices. Loans are distributed by the Office of Financial Aid.
Financial aid is available for regular, full-time or part-time graduate students. Associate and non-degree graduate students are not eligible for Direct Stafford loans but may be eligible for alternative loans, which are listed on the financial aid website.