Funding Your Graduate Education

We know embarking upon graduate school is a big decision- due in part to the costs of attending. At GWU, we understand the time and thought behind making graduate school work for you. Please take a moment to learn more about the options and opportunities available in Funding Your Education.

GSEHD Awards

GSEHD Merit Scholarships and Endowments

GSEHD Merit Scholarship Deadline-
New Students: Fully complete your application by January 15th in order to automatically be considered. No supplemental scholarship application is required.
Continuing Students: Check back after fall semester grades are posted. A link will be posted here. Applications will be due on March 1st, 2018.

GSEHD Endowments Deadline-
New & Continuing Students: Apply by January 15th. See below for application, eligibility, and descriptions.

GSEHD Merit Scholarships

- We provide merit-based scholarships to incoming and continuing GSEHD master's and doctoral students taking courses on campus.

Applying to a GSEHD program and hoping to be considered for merit aid? Be sure to fully complete your application by January 15th in order to automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships. No supplemental scholarship application is required.

Current student at GSEHD applying for merit aid? Check back after fall semester grades are posted for information on how to apply for the 2018/2019 GSEHD Merit Scholarship.
Applications will be due on April 1st, 2018.

Qualifications and Conditions

  • Aid applicants must fully complete their application by January 15th if they want to be considered in the first round of funding.
  • Certificate, Post-Master’s Certificate, and Education Specialist candidates are not eligible to receive GSEHD Tuition Support.
  • Once an applicant accepts an award, s/he must meet and maintain the conditions specified in the award letter. If one of these conditions is not met, the award will not be posted to the Student Account or may be revoked.
  • Awards must be used in the full academic year (fall and spring) and cannot be awarded for a half-year nor extend into the summer semester.
  • Awardees must be registered for the minimum required number of on-campus credit hours per semester as outlined in the award letter they receive.
  • Awardees must maintain a good academic standing. However, aid is awarded on a competitive basis, and maintaining a good academic standing does not guarantee aid in subsequent years.
  • Awardees must not have outstanding financial obligations to the University.
  • Awardees can not receive employee tuition benefits from the George Washington University.
  • Awardees cannot receive endowment monies in addition to GSEHD Tuition Support.
  • Applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis with the initial offers made in February. Applicants who miss the January 15th deadline may be considered after the first round is awarded.

Endowment Awards

- These are donations given to us by GW Alumni, supporters, and friends. They are specifically earmarked for GSEHD students. See the list of Endowments at the bottom of this page for specific eligibility requirements for each Endowment available for application.

Qualifications and Conditions

Current and New Students are encouraged to apply for up to three (3) endowment funds each academic year. To be considered for an endowment, applicants and current students must submit a separate statement of interest or essay for each endowed fund by 11:59pm EST January 15th clearly identifying the way(s) they believe they are eligible for the respective Endowment. Each endowment essay should be no longer than 250 words. APPLY HERE

In general, endowment essays should address the following areas:

  • Endowment Relevance to student's experience;
  • Articulation of Need, which can include physical, emotional, or financial hardships;
  • Student's professional commitments and interests reflecting maturity and self awareness; and
  • Potential Contributions to the chosen field of study

The following endowments are currently available to apply to:

The Angeline E. Anderson Scholarship Fund was established in 1990 by a gift from Angeline E. Anderson, B.A.1941, M.A.1944, to assist outstanding future classroom teachers. Ms. Anderson, the recipient of a scholarship to attend GW, enjoyed a career that included university and secondary school teaching and counseling. The scholarship in her name perpetuates her devotion to assisting students who can improve the quality of classroom teaching. The Fund is used to support full-time or part-time students in financial need who plan teaching careers in U.S. schools.Eligible Programs of Study: School Counseling, Secondary Education (CET), or Special Education

The Vincent De Angelis Scholarship Fund was created in 1983 by a gift from Eleanor V. De Angelis in memory of her husband, Vincent J. De Angelis, an outstanding athlete, GW administrator and faculty member, mentor of students and Department Chair in Physical Education. Eleanor De Angelis has taken many leadership roles in Columbian Women and at the University. Through lifetime contributions to GW, the De Angelis's typify those special members of the GW community whose lives continue to benefit students and enhance the School and the University. This fund is used for GSEHD full-time or part-time master's or doctoral students. Preference is given to those students who have earned an undergraduate degree in Physical Education.Eligible Programs of Study: Any - with special consideration for applicants with previous study or experience in the Physical Education field.

The Eaves-Carden Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 with gifts from the estate of Ruth Anderson Eaves and from Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wendell Eaves, Jr. The Fund honors the memory of family members who attended GW: Robert Wendell Eaves, M.A.1933, Ed.D.1940, Ruth Anderson Eaves, Samuel Poe Carden, B.A.1918, M.A.1929, and Mary Stuart Anderson Carden, B.A.E.1935, M.A.E.1945. This distinguished family of educators leaves a lasting legacy by supporting outstanding students entering elementary school administration. The Fund helps support a student pursuing a graduate degree with an elementary school administration emphasis.Eligible Programs of Study: Elementary Education

The James Harold Fox Scholarship Fund was created in 1984 by a gift from Angeline E. Anderson in honor of James Harold Fox, Dean of the School of Education from 1938 to 1963. Ms. Anderson and Dr. Fox were dedicated to improving the quality of the classroom experience. The Fund is to be used for scholarships for full or part-time educators planning careers in public or private school teaching. Students with physical disabilities and financial need are given preference.Eligible Programs of Study: Elementary Education, Secondary Education (CET) or Special Education

The Mary H. Futrell Scholarship Fund, honors Dr. Futrell, M.A.1968, Ed.D.1992, for her service in a precedent-setting six-year term as President of the National Education Association (NEA). The Fund recognizes her many contributions to human rights and public service. Colleagues and NEA chapters across the nation contributed to the Fund. This scholarship is for full- or part-time students with modest resources pursuing or continuing careers as classroom teachers or counselors.Eligible Programs of Study: Classroom instructors and counselors

The Mildred Green Scholarship Fund was created in 1959 by a gift from the GW Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta, a professional education sorority, to honor Ms. Green, the Chapter's founder and first president. She created the national school-crossing guard program which is credited with saving the lives of countless school children. This fund is used to recognize an educator with great potential.Eligible Programs of Study: Any

The Griffith Family Scholarship Fund was created in August 2000 by a gift from the estate of Lera Evelyn Griffith, A.B.1952, M.A. 1955, elementary teacher and school principal, and by gifts from Griffith family descendants and their families to honor the family members who were GW alumni. Interest from the Griffith Family Endowment will provide need-based support for students planning a career in education.Eligible Programs of Study: Any

The Corey Hansen Scholarship Endowment was established in 2000 by Walter Hansen and Marilyn Jackson. The Fund is a memorial to Mr. Hansen's son, Dr. Corey James Hansen, a School alumnus and GW secondary education faculty member and program director. This fund is used to support secondary education students who exemplify Dr. Hansen's values and dedication to the field of teaching and administration.Eligible Programs of Study: Secondary Education (all campuses)

The Mary-Margaret Cashell Kellogg Scholarship Fund was established in 1997 by Mrs. Kellogg to provide tuition assistance for a Graduate School of Education and Human Development degree candidate with financial need. Her father and nephew both received GW medical science degrees, and she earned an M.A. in education in 1955. A private school teacher and dean of students at Dickinson College, she serves on Simon's Rock College (MS) Board of Overseers.Eligible Programs of Study: Any

The Dr. Dorothy A. Moore Graduate Scholarship Endowment for International Education was established in 2002. The income from this fund awards scholarships to GSEHD students pursuing degrees in international education. The award is merit based.Eligible Programs of Study: International Education

The Vest Family Fellowship Fund, created in 1996 by a gift from Edward N.Vest, B.A.1959, M.A.1965, and Ed.D.1972, distinguished educator and school administrator, to honor his parents, Edward Harrison and Mildred Grimes Vest, and his wife Lucia Johnson Vest and himself, provides tuition scholarships for educators preparing for, or engaged in, a career in administration, teaching, or counseling in public schools.Eligible Programs of Study: Higher Education Administration, Education Policy Studies, Curriculum & Instruction, Elementary Education, Secondary Education (CET), or School Counseling

The Ruth Ann Parker Wells Scholarship (Wells 1) was established by a gift from Mrs. Wells in 1996. She and her mother both graduated from The Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Her mother taught business courses at Hine Junior High School and she worked for the Electric Institute of Washington, demonstrating the use of electric equipment, which helped revolutionize the way housework was done.Eligible Programs of Study: Any

The Ruth Anne Parker and David Leonard Wells Scholarship (Wells 2) available to any Graduate School of Education and Human Development studentEligible Programs of Study: Any

The National Council for Education and Human Development Endowed Scholarship Fund: available to any Graduate School of Education and Human Development studentEligible Programs of Study: Any

Graduate/Research Assistantships

Graduate and Research Assistantships

The George Washington University has two graduate assistantship (GA) options, which are: graduate assistantships (GAs) and graduate research assistantships.

GA and GRA positions vary in terms of payment and duties. Academic departments within the schools and colleges make appointments for these positions. These positions are limited, highly competitive and not available in all departments. Interested candidates will want to indicate their interest in a GA position on their admissions application, if applicable. Students can also contact the department’s graduate advisor, whose e-mail is normally easily available on your program’s website, for further detail regarding if teaching assistantships are available for that department. New GSEHD doctoral candidates are automatically considered for available GSEHD Graduate Assistantships and will be contacted directly if the faculty see alignment of research interests and skills.

GW Awards

GW Awards

Alexandria Partnership Fellowship- Intended for students taking courses at the Alexandria Graduate Education Center who are citizens of or working or interning full- or part-time in the City of Alexandria. Click here for more for information.

AmeriCorps Matching Award- For incoming students who are recipients of an Americorp Award. Click here to download the form. Forms must be emailed to gradfell@gwu.edu with a copy of the incoming student's Americorp award.

The Assistant Program Coordinator (APC) Graduate Fellow- is considered part of the Center for Student Engagement's professional staff. The APC serves as an advisor and has input in policy. The relationship between the APC, supervisors and more experienced staff has a mentorship component. Therefore when the APC exits the position they have a sense that they have been invested in as a professional with developed skills they will carry away with them to future professional roles. Contact the Center for Student Engagement for more for information.

Career Development Fellowship- Intended to assist students in specified programs who are working either full- or part-time and are pursuing or wish to pursue graduate (Master's level) study at GW to enhance their knowledge and skills. Click here for more for information.

Global Leaders Fellowship- For incoming graduate students (master's and doctoral) who will return to their countries of origin to apply skills learned through their formal education at The George Washington University. Click here for more for information.

Grad2Grad- For talented graduating GW seniors who want to continue their studies at GW by providing a 10% reduction in tuition. Click here for more for information, including a list of eligible programs.

Marsh U.S. Consumer Liberty Mutual Group Graduate Scholarship- This scholarship will support one high achieving incoming GW Master's student. Not available every year. Click here for more for information.

McNair Fellowship- McNair applicants receive special consideration for merit-based fellowships from their academic departments. Click here for more for information.

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships- Provides "New Americans" (either naturalized citizens, children of naturalized citizens, or green card holders) with a maintenance grant of $20,000 and a half-tuition award for graduate study in the United States. Candidates should possess creativity, originality, and initiative; commitment to and capacity for accomplishment; and commitment to the values expressed in the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Click here for more for information.

The Residence Director (RD) Graduate Fellow- is considered part of the Center for Student Engagement’s professional staff. Specifically, the RD is responsible for assisting the Area Coordinator with oversight of leadership opportunities for students in a residence hall or a group of residence halls. The RD assists to ensure that an academic-oriented atmosphere is maintained in order to promote residents’ personal growth and development. Contact the Center for Student Engagement for more for information.

Scottish Rite Fellowships- For graduate students affiliated with the Scottish Rite except law and M.D. students. Click here for more for information.

Walter Green Fellowships- For graduate students who intend a career in public service or government and will be working in a job or internship, paid or unpaid. Click here for more for information.

GW Office of Financial Aid

GW Office of Financial Aid

In order to apply for financial aid from GW, you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is available at on the FAFSA website each year starting on October 1. Once a student has completed their online application, the data is transferred electronically to schools, based on the school code included on the application. Student’s planning on applying for financial assistance at GW should follow the steps outlined on How To Apply

GWU’s Office of Student Financial Assistance administers financial aid to our graduate students and should be your main point of contact for all questions related to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and loan process.

GW Employment

GW Employment

The GW Jobs site, maintained by University Human Resources, provides information about full-time and regular part-time positions. The University offers faculty, staff and research personnel in a benefit-eligible position (both full- and part-time) an outstanding benefit that covers a portion of tuition expenses. The tuition benefit is available to employees enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs, as well as non-degree-seeking employees. Under the benefit, up to 90 percent of tuition and expenses are paid, with no repayment obligation, for eligible employees. Furthermore, spouses, domestic partners and dependent children also receive substantial remission coverage, which increases with tenure.

Graduate students employed full- or part-time on a research grant may use their tuition benefits immediately if they begin their employment before the first day of classes.
For additional information, please contact the GW Benefits Call Center.

Veterans Benefits

Veterans Benefits

The George Washington University is committed to providing our student veterans, dependents, and military personnel with both student support services and student administrative services. The Office of Military and Veteran Student Services can assist and answer questions related to both Post 9/11 and Yellow Ribbon awards. GW will match Yellow Ribbon awards that are made.

Active duty military personnel may also use the Department of Defense (DOD) Tuition Assistance (TA) Program at GW. Students should confer with the education office of their service branch for information on TA procedures.

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study Program is a federally-funded work program that allows students who qualify to earn money while working at a pre-approved organization: GW departments, local nonprofits, government agencies and community service employers. The university does not place students in specific jobs but assistance is available from the Center for Career Services. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for questions about Work-Study.

Grants

Grants

The TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) program provides grants to students who become teachers in high-need fields and low-income areas in an elementary school, secondary school or an educational service agency.
If you have any questions after reading through these options, please contact any of the following:

Students may be awarded up to $4,000 per award year, with a maximum aggregate limit of $8,000. The amount a student may be awarded each year is determined based on their level of enrollment. Due to federal sequestration, grants first disbursed on or after October 1, 2015 will be reduced by 6.8%. These amounts show the gross and net amounts by level of enrollment by disbursement date:

Enrollment Status
Statutory Amount
First Disbursed on 10/1/2015-9/30/2016

Full-Time
$4,000
$3,728

3/4 Time
$3,000
$2,796

Half Time
$2,000
$1,864

Less Than 1/2 Time
$1,000
$932

There are three steps to completing your request for TEACH Grant funding. Please make sure each step is complete.

  • Complete the FAFSA.  Include GW's school code 001444.  Please make sure you meet ALL federal assistance qualifications.  To comply, you must:
    • Be a United States Citizen or eligible noncitizen
    • Have a valid Social Security Number
    • Be registered for Selective Service, if male
    • Enrolled in a degree-granting, eligible TEACH program
    • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
    • Not be in default or in an overpayment situation for previously obtained federal financial assistance funds.
  • Carefully review and complete relevant grant program information and application. When you talk with a GSEHD representative, you will be asked about:
  • Prepare and submit your Application for Admission to GSEHD.  Academic requirements to qualify for TEACH Grant consideration are:
    • Score above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of the GRE or MAT or
    • Have earned at least 3.25 GPA in one semester of enrollment at GSEHD.  This graduate GPA must be maintained to retain eligibility if the student's eligibility was based on the GPA; otherwise students must maintain normal Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for GW graduate programs and
    • Enroll in a specific teaching degree (Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education) that leads to employment in: Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition; Foreign Language; Mathematics; Reading Specialist; Science; Special Education; Other Identified Teacher Shortage Areas identified on http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.html

Once a student's application has been approved, they will receive a letter from the Office of Student Financial Assistance outlining their award. They will receive a disbursement notice once each semester's funds have credited to their account with the University. This email will include procedures for the student's right to cancel the grant.

Each time a new TEACH Grant is awarded, students must complete Subsequent Counseling online.  Yearly counseling with the Office of Student Life to ensure they are in compliance with their Agreement to Serve will also be provided.

If any of the above steps are not completed in full, the TEACH Grant will be converted into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan with interest assessed from the date of the original disbursement on the grant.  Upon graduation or ceasing enrollment at GW, a student must:

  • Complete Exit Counseling.  This is done when the student finishes their degree or withdraws from the program.
  • Notify the federal TEACH Grant servicer in writing within 120 days of ceasing enrollment that the student is employed full-time in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant or that they are not yet employed full-time but intend to meet the terms and conditions of the service obligation.
  • Provide the federal servicer annual documentation certifying that the student has or intends to meet the service obligation.

To begin your TEACH Grant funding process, please complete GSEHD's TEACH Grant Interest Form.

Additional Resources

Loans and Loan Forgiveness

Loans and Loan Forgiveness

Loans

For information on the following loans, please contact GWU’s Office of Student Financial Assistance

Loan Forgiveness

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