- Affording Graduate Education
More Funding Resources and Opportunities
A free service is also available to students through the COS Funding Opportunities website. COS (Community of Science) Funding Opportunities is a large, comprehensive database providing access to information for graduate school scholarships and other sources of funding for graduate school outside of Saint Louis University. The COS Funding Opportunities website also allows individuals to search by search term, allowing individuals to pursue funding for research interests or tuition assistance.
Almost all graduate programs have a limited number of tuition scholarships available to students. These are frequently reserved for students with serious financial need. The Graduate School also has another budget for tuition scholarships that is used to supplement stipends provided to students via extramural grants or contracts.
External Fellowship and Traineeships
Individual departments or programs may receive funding from sources external to the University for support of graduate students requiring no service in return. From such grants, graduate students may be appointed to fellowships or traineeships consisting of stipends and full tuition scholarships with the academic approval of the Graduate Dean. Trainees will be required to participate in training experience as demanded by the grantor. Such awards are made for one year, but ordinarily are renewable.
Health Sciences Center Graduate Fellowships
These awards include stipends and tuition scholarships, and are usually made for one year. Satisfactory progress toward the degree may lead to reappointment. Fellows must abide by regulations established by The Graduate School and specifically associated with these awards.
Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid
Saint Louis University's office of student financial services is committed to educational excellence in the Jesuit tradition and to student service. This commitment is validated by our financial aid programs that have been created to recognize exemplary academic performance and to make Saint Louis University affordable.
In order to apply for any Federal financial aid program, the student must be enrolled for a minimum of three hours and meet all other eligibility criteria and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the RENEWAL FAFSA.
Saint Louis University's FAFSA Address Code number is 002506.
Federal Work-Study (FWS)
The Federal Work-Study program offers on-campus, part-time job opportunities and allows eligible students to work up to a maximum of fifteen hours per week during in-school periods and up to forty hours per week in holiday and Summer periods. The FWS at SLU does not reduce the tuition, but rather provides a resource for a student's living expenses. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible. Funds are limited and are awarded to those with financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Loans are borrowed funds that must be repaid. Many graduate and professional students take advantage of loans to help finance their education as well as their living expenses. Some loans provide low- or no-interest options, and some do not need to be repaid until six months after graduation.
Your financial aid award details your Federal Direct Stafford Loan eligibility only if you filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you need to borrow funds beyond those available through the Federal Stafford Loan program, your next option is to borrow using the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan program.
Federal loan programs offer a secure borrowing option even in today's uncertain economy. The subsidized Stafford Loan should be the first borrowing option considered by graduate/professional students, followed by the unsubsidized Stafford Loan and then the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan.
For each academic year, you may borrow up to - but not more than - a school's cost of attendance, minus the amount of other financial assistance the student receives. It is important not to borrow more than you can afford to repay, even if you can afford to borrow more. Selecting "Max Amount" will not default to the total balance owed, but the difference between offered aid and cost of attendance. Please contact your admission or financial aid counselor for assistance in determining the right amount for your situation.
When asked for your "Requested Loan Period Start Date" make sure and indicate the month year that you begin your studies (e. g. August 2012). Your "Requested Loan Period End Date" will be the month you complete your studies for the term or choose to end your PLUS term (e. g. May 2013).