Paying for Graduate School

The Office of Financial Aid and your graduate counselors want to help you fund your graduate education. We will work with you individually to discuss your options. If you have questions about graduate financial aid or would like additional information about any of the following options, please contact your graduate counselor.

The University of Saint Francis offers limited financial assistance through:

  • Graduate assistantships
  • Graduate scholarships
  • Federal loans
  • Alumni Second Degree Tuition

Graduate Assistantships

As an enrolled, degree-seeking graduate student, you are eligible to apply for a graduate assistantship. These assistantships are available for all programs, with the exception of the Physician Assistant Studies and Virtual Campus programs. Assistantships require 10 hours of work per week in your assigned area, for an awarded amount of $2,500 per semester. If you are unable to meet the requirements of the graduate assistantship, the award is prorated by the number of weeks completed in the semester.

To apply for a graduate assistantship, complete the online graduate assistantship application.

Graduate Scholarships

One-semester, need-based scholarships are available. To apply for a graduate scholarship, complete the online graduate scholarship application. These scholarships are available in all programs if you are not receiving otherwise discounted tuition.

Federal Loans

You will need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to find out if you qualify for graduate federal loans. When you file, please make sure you use our school code: 001832.

The Office of Financial Aid provides more information about filing your FAFSA.

Alumni Second Degree Tuition

If you received a bachelor’s or master’s degree from USF, you will automatically be awarded the Alumni Second Degree Tuition when you enroll in a traditional graduate degree program. You will be billed at a substantially reduced tuition rate, rather than having an award applied to your bill through financial aid processing.

What this means for you:

  • You will not be required to complete an application to receive the reduced tuition rate.
  • There will be no delay in receiving the discount since you will not need to apply for financial aid to have the reduced tuition rate applied.

Other scholarships and discounts offered by USF cannot be stacked on top of this reduced tuition rate.