Loans & Financial Aid

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Many 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. Visit the Department of Education website to learn more.

Applying for Loans

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. Private Alternative 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

FAFSA and a Graduate Loan Questionnaire are required for all graduate students applying for federal aid. GW requires a Loan Questionnaire for all graduate students applying for any type of loan including additional Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS or private alternative loans. 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.