Cost & Aid

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The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration believes that a quality education provides the knowledge, experience, and connections needed to make significant social contributions and to change the world through policy research and implementation.  

We carefully review applications submitted to our programs by the appropriate deadline for merit aid and scholarships. We make every effort to assist our students in identifying and pursing opportunities available within the school and throughout the university community, as well as from external sources. 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition at the Trachtenberg School is charged per credit hour. For more information on specific tuition and fees, please view the Columbian College tuition breakdown here.




We carefully review applications submitted to our programs for merit aid and scholarships. Fall semester applications must be submitted by February 1 and Spring Semester applications by October 1 to be considered. If you receive a funding award, it will be included in your offer of admission letter. Aid is not awarded for certificate programs. The Trachtenberg School encourages the use of additional resources to help defray the costs. We have compiled lists of funding and aid resources, both from GW and externally, for students seeking loans, fellowships, veteran's benefits, support for international students, AmeriCorps alumni and more. 


Working While in School

Many students in the Trachtenberg School work while they are studying in order to help pay for their education. The Trachtenberg School provides students with excellent flexibility in order to manage part-time or full-time employment while completing a degree. There are many resources available to enrolled students to aid in their job search. Departments throughout the university list graduate student positions as well as assistantships on the Student Talent Management Portal

Positions for the fall are usually posted during the Spring and Summer months. New students who have accepted their offer of admission and paid their enrollment deposit will be able to apply for positions listed in the Student Talent Management Portal about a month after accepting admission. The GW Student Employment Center is the primary contact for pursuing on-campus part-time employment.