Loans and Financial Aid

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
Most Trachtenberg School students take out loans to help finance part of their graduate tuition and living expenses.  Often, these students qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF), which is intended to encourage individuals to work in public service jobs in government or nonprofit organizations. Under this program, you may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of your DirectLoans after ten years of income-based payments.

Applying for Loans and other Financial Aid
The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) oversees the processing of all loans for students who have been admitted to a GW graduate degree or approved graduate certificate program. Federal loan programs require U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status and at least half-time attendance. Credit-based consumer loans are available to supplement other sources of aid. Instructions for applying for these different types of loans are provided online. To have a loan processed before classes begin, all application materials must be on file in the Office of Student Financial Assistance by:

  • Fall Semester: May 1
  • Spring Semester: October 1
  • Summer Semester: March 1

A FAFSA and a Graduate Loan Questionnaire (2015-2016 Loan Questionnaire or 2016-2017 Loan Questionnaire) are required for all graduate students applying for federal aid. The FAFSA can be completed at A Loan Questionnaire is also required for all graduate students applying for a Private Alternative Loan.  Please visit Colonial Central  for a complete Graduate Student Checklist.

In addition, OSFA provides assistance to students applying for aid including helping you calculate your cost of attendance, eligibility for financial aid, and completing the FASFA and GW Loan Questionnaire.


Additional questions about loans may be answered in the Trachtenberg student-produced FAQ about Student Loans.