There are several financial aid opportunities for most students, including:
- Donor-Funded Graduate Scholarships (MPA and MPP)
- Donor-Funded Scholarship for Incoming MPA Students
- External Sources of Funding
- Federal Loans and Need-Based Financial Assistance
- Graduate Study Scholarships (see below)
- Merit-Based Awards (see below)
The university has established the following merit-based awards to assist full-time graduate degree students. Merit-based graduate awards are awarded to students by their respective departments using traditional merit indicators such as GPA, test scores, strength of recommendation letters, and experience. Only full-time students are eligible to receive merit-based assistance, which includes fellowships, assistantships, and study grants. The deadline for merit award consideration is February 1.
Graduate assistantships are merit-based awards that provide the recipient with a monetary stipend and tuition remission for degree-related courses. Students selected for a graduate assistantship are required to work with a faculty member.
Graduate Study Grants
Graduate study grants are merit-based awards that provide the recipient with tuition remission for degree-related courses.
Hall of Nations Scholarships
These awards are available to international students who do not have permanent resident status or U.S. citizenship. The Hall of Nations Scholarships are assistantships and graduate study grants.
Special Opportunity Awards
These assistantships and graduate study grants are for US-born minority students.
Graduate Study Scholarships
Hart A. Massey Fellowship
This fellowship is awarded each academic year to one or more incoming Canadian students pursuing graduate studies full-time at American University. The fellowship is applied to tuition charges.
United Methodist Graduate Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded each academic year to new full-time graduate students who have held membership in the United Methodist Church for at least two years, have strong academic skills, and are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The scholarship is applied to tuition charges.
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The NAASPA website provides a wealth of resources regarding financial aid, scholarships, fellowships and loans for prospective graduate students.