Graduate Students

As a graduate student with life responsibilities, how do you fund this academic adventure? We’re here to help you reach your goal of attaining a graduate degree — and ultimately help you make an impact on your world.

Get started by reading the Graduate Student Financial Aid Orientation.

Graduate students

Before applying for aid, you must first be admitted to a graduate program. Make sure you:

  1. Enroll in at least 3 credits (or half-time) toward a degree or eligible certificate (principal certificate, school superintendent certificate, program administrator certificate, or school counseling certificate) each quarter.
  2. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.
  3. Provide additional documentation, as required. Most graduate students will need to complete the Post-Baccalaureate/Graduate Information form before we can determine financial aid.

Just like undergraduates, you may take advantage of scholarships and loans. A written financial aid offer for qualifying applicants will explain loan details and limits.

SPU does not have a deadline for graduate financial aid, though earlier is always better than later. The financial aid year runs summer through spring.

Here’s a complete summary of managing your financial aid, including how to understand your aid offer, revisionsenrollment changesverification, employer reimbursement, graduate eligibility, credit requirementsstate requirements, and a handy glossary of terms.

You’ll find the final word in SPU’s Graduate Catalog, which details everything from tuition, fees, and satisfactory progress to payment policies and schedules.