Funding Your Degree
MHA@GW students are charged tuition on a per-credit-hour basis, and the rate of tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is $1,600 per credit. You must complete 50 credits to earn your Master of Health Administration, totaling $80,000 at current tuition rates. Please keep in mind that this is only an estimate , as GW tuition rates are reevaluated each year. There are no required GW fees.
Adding and dropping courses prior to the first day of classes can be done at a 100% refund. Courses dropped during the first seven calendar days of the start of a session will be eligible for only 85% refund. No refund will be made for courses dropped thereafter.
We encourage students to consider all avenues to manage the cost of their academic program, including personal resources.
There may be a number of resources available to help you fund your education, including tuition assistance from your employer, scholarships funded by professional organizations, loan forgiveness programs based on service, government-sponsored work-study funding, veteran benefits, grants and scholarships. In particular, MHA@GW students may be eligible to apply for the following to assist in paying their tuition:
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans: Students are potentially eligible to receive up to $35,778 in Direct Unsubsidized Loans per 11-month academic year, regardless of personal or spousal income.
Federal Direct PLUS Loan: All graduate students are potentially eligible to apply for Graduate PLUS loan funding each academic year. This credit-based loan can be used to cover tuition and fees and provide you with funding for living expenses.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
If you intend to apply for financial aid, you should begin the process as soon as possible. To apply, complete these steps:
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). GW’s school code is 001444.
Complete your application for admission to the MHA@GW program.
We encourage you to apply for financial aid in conjunction with your admissions application. You will have to apply for aid each year you are in the program.
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program was created to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full time in public service jobs in local, state, federal or non-profit (501C3) organizations. Loan forgiveness is available after a borrower has made 120 on-time payments on federal student loans. Students can consolidate all federal loans (undergraduate and graduate Stafford loans and Graduate PLUS loans) and potentially extend their loan repayments beyond the standard 10 years to take advantage of this opportunity. Click here for more information on PSLF.
Financial Aid for International Students
Eligibility for federal and university need-based aid is limited to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents and eligible non-citizens who are currently living in the United States for purposes other than studying. International students should explore funding options in their home countries and talk with their employers about tuition benefits that may be available, including tuition reimbursement and low-cost loans. Based on the country of residence, some international students may also have access to education loans through private lenders.
Please note that international students in online degree programs are not eligible to participate in the U.S. student visa process.
Scholarships for MHA Students
MHA@GW awards both merit-based scholarships and partner organization benefits to outstanding students whose professional and academic achievements set them apart as leaders in the health administration field.
Merit-Based MHA Scholarships
The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University is proud to support aspiring public health leaders by offering a number of merit-based scholarships.
Contact an Admissions Counselor by calling 1-855-642-2849 or via email if you believe you are eligible for one or more of these scholarship opportunities.