How to Finance Your Graduate Education

It is never too early to plan on how you will pay for your education. You are investing in your future in a way that will pay off for the rest of your life.

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If you are interested in Financial Aid you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. FAFSA applications are available on October 1 of each year. Once you submit, the MU Office of Student Financial Assistance will prepare an individual award package for you. Please submit the FAFSA as soon as possible—even before you have been admitted to a graduate program. Early submission allows plenty of time for processing your loan application.

Once you have been admitted, your FAFSA application will automatically be activated.  Marshall University’s Federal Code is 003815.

Private Scholarships

Marshall University has a number of privately funded scholarships, many of which can be awarded to graduate students. Students can apply for these scholarships using the private scholarship portal on the university’s Scholarships Website.

Loans and Grants

Graduate students are not eligible for federal or state grants, (except for the federal TEACH grant). Graduate students can be awarded loans no greater than the annual maximum limit of $20,500/year. Other loan options include the Graduate PLUS Loan.

Graduate Plus Loan

This loan is a credit based loan that you apply for separately. You can obtain this loan application from the Office of Student Financial Assistance. The maximum limit of the Graduate PLUS Loan varies, but can be no greater than the difference between a student’s cost of attendance and their total financial aid award. For more information, see Graduate Plus Loans.

Federal Work Study

Work Study provides jobs for graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay their educational expenses. Your eligibility for FWS hours is also determined by the FAFSA. For more information, see Federal Work Study.

Teach Grant

This federal program provides up to a $4,000 grant to graduate students who promise to teach in an elementary or secondary school (public or private) that serves low income students. If you are interested, speak first to a Financial Aid Officer. For more information, see TEACH Grant.

Graduate Assistantships

Students are considered for GA positions after they have been admitted to a program. GA positions are available in teaching, research, and administrative work. GA positions in Master’s programs may last for two years. Reappointment depends on job performance and academic progress. GA positions come with a stipend and tuition benefit. For more information, see Graduate Assistantships Overview.

Employee Tuition Benefits

Marshall University employees are eligible to apply for a tuition benefit. These benefits are processed for all employees through the Staff Council. For more information, please see Education Benefits for Employees and Dependents.

Student Employment

Graduate students are employed on campus in many different capacities. In addition to student hourly positions at Marshall University, students can work on-camopus for Housing, Soxexo food service, or the Rec Center. For more information, see Student Financial Assistance.

Contact Us

Graduate Studies Office

Old Main 359
Graduate Studies Contacts

Graduate Admissions
304-696-4723 ext-61900
Graduate Admissions Contacts

Program Directors

List of Graduate Program Directors