2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

When to Apply for Financial Aid

Students seeking financial assistance are encouraged to apply for financial aid at the same time as applying for admission. This will provide sufficient processing time to determine eligibility before course registration is required.

  • For students enrolled in on-campus programs, the financial aid award year begins with the fall term (September through December), continues through the spring term (January through May), and concludes with the summer term (June through August).
  • For students enrolled in off-campus and online programs, each semester consists of two 8-week terms and financial aid is awarded on a per-term basis. The financial aid award year begins with Fall Term 1 and continues through Fall Term 2, Spring Term 1, Spring Term 2, Summer Term 1 and Summer Term 2. (For academic programs that have a Summer Term 2 start, the academic year will begin with Summer Term 2.)
  • For students enrolled in Low-Residency and Low-Residency/Hybrid Programs, the financial aid award year begins with the summer residency and continues through the following spring semester or as late as the Summer 1 Term, beginning on your individual program.
  • The priority deadline for students interested in Federal Work-Study is April 15.
  • The final deadline to apply for 2016-2017 financial aid is June 30, 2017 but to use that date, a student's courses must still be in session. It is recommended that late applicants apply at least four to six weeks before their last day of classes for the academic year.

Students must reapply for financial assistance each academic year.