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Sample Financial Aid Awards

for entering graduate students

Please note that these sample awards are provided for information purposes only. Financial aid awards are prepared based on a student’s program of student and the typical enrollment pattern in that degree program.

Awards are designed to provide resources sufficient to cover the typical credit load for students in the particular program as well as a modest allowance for books and living expenses based on the number of months a student will be enrolled during the academic year.

Samples provided are typical of financial aid awards that first year graduate students received during the 2012-13 academic year.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Early Childhood/Elementary

Award based on 11 months of enrollment and completion of 37 semester credits:

$20,500 Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

Up to $33,876 Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan*

Award amounts are distributed in equal thirds over the course of the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Students must reapply for financial aid for the final summer semester in their program.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Middle-Level/High School

Award based on 11 months of enrollment and completion of 34 semester credits:

$20,500 Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

Up to $31,557 Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan*

Award amounts are distributed in equal thirds over the course of the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Students must reapply for financial aid for the final summer semester in their program.

Educational Specialist in School Psychology 

Award based on 8 months of enrollment and completion of 22 semester credits:

$20,500 Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

Up to $15,156 Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan*

Award amounts are distributed in equal halves over the course of the fall and spring semesters. Students must reapply for financial aid for subsequent academic years in their program.

Master of Education in School Counseling

Award based on 8 months of enrollment and completion of 21 semester credits:

$20,500 Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

Up to $14,383 Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan*

Award amounts are distributed in equal halves over the course of the fall and spring semesters. Students must reapply for financial aid for subsequent academic years in their program.

Master of Arts in Professional Mental Health Counseling (PMHC) and PMHC-Addictions 

Award based on 8 months of enrollment and completion of 16 semester credits:

$20,500 Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

Up to $10,518 Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan*

Award amounts are distributed in equal halves over the course of the fall and spring semesters. Students must reapply for financial aid for subsequent academic years in their program.

Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

Award based on 8 months of enrollment and completion of 18 semester credits:

$20,500 Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

Up to $12,064 Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan*

Award amounts are distributed in equal halves over the course of the fall and spring semesters. Students must reapply for financial aid for subsequent academic years in their program.

Other Degree Programs

Awards for students in the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. in Special Education, M.Ed. and Ed.S. in Educational Administration, and the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership programs are prepared based on the student’s individual academic plans. Students in these programs are eligible to borrow through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan program up to $20,500 per academic year. They may also be eligible to apply for Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan* should their expected educational costs exceed their other student loan eligibility.

* The Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan is a credit-qualified loan. Students need to meet the credit-qualification standards or apply with a credit-worthy cosigner in order to receive the loan. The amount included on the award letter is the maximum amount which a student may request and not necessarily an indication that the student will be approved for the loan.