Students must be enrolled at least part-time to receive aid.
Graduate students who are completing a master’s degree and above must take a minimum of four and a half credits to be considered half-time.
Teacher Certification students must take a minimum of six credits to be considered part-time.
Step 3. Review your Financial Aid Awards
You will receive a notice to review your Financial Aid on NEST.
Information regarding this account will be provided to you in your Admissions acceptance letter.
You are always offered the MAXIMUM awards allowable based on the FAFSA and full-time enrollment (nine or more credits).
Most graduate students are eligible for $20,500 in unsubsidized Direct Stafford student loan funds.
Offered aid is estimated and subject to change if your enrollment falls below full time and/or your eligibility changes.
You cannot receive more aid than your total Cost of Attendance (direct and indirect expenses).
If you are interested in scholarship opportunities, please visit the Graduate School website.
Step 4. Estimate Your Costs
The estimated fall/spring costs provided by the Financial Aid Office are known as the Estimated Cost of Attendance. The Estimated Cost of Attendance ESTIMATES charges for tuition and fees (direct expenses) and also includes out-of-pocket expenses like books and supplies, transportation,and miscellaneous expenses for two semesters (indirect expenses).
Your bill on NEST will represent Actual Charges (direct costs) for each semester (tuition, fees, room and board, if applicable) and transfer of excess funds to Red Hawk Dollars.
Step 5. Make a Plan to Pay the Bill
You are responsible for any outstanding balance that is not covered by your loans by the payment deadline (indicated on the billing statement on NEST or see the Payment Deadlines page.
You may utilize the payment plan offered by Student Accounts: Payment Plan details.
Students in graduate degree programs can borrow additional funds from:
Graduate PLUS Loan Program – see GRAD PLUS details.