Graduate SCS Students

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and Master of Professional Studies (MPS)

All applicants for federal financial aid must complete and submit:

The FSA ID, a username and password, has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents.

For more information, refer to this link

When completing the FAFSA, use School Code: 001445


There are loans that may help cover some or all of your estimated contribution. It is important to remember to borrow only what you need and to exhaust all federal loan eligibility before exploring private education loans.

  • Unsubsidized
  • Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loans
  • Private Educational Loans 

Practical Tips for Liberal studies students

MALS Students: Thesis Research/Thesis Writing

Following a student’s thesis proposal being accepted in the liberal studies master’s program, a student may enroll in Thesis Writing. Students enrolled in a minimum of a half time status as defined by the University Registrar may be eligible for federal Aid. 


Students who are taking their 3 credit Capstone course in the Fall or Spring semesters-- who are only enrolled in the only the Capstone course and not in any other courses-- will not be eligible for Federal loans in their final semester, only private educational loans. In order to qualify for federal loans, a student must be enrolled at least half-time, as defined by the University Registrar. In the summer, students who are enrolled in only the Capstone course may still be eligible for Federal aid (if they have not already borrowed their maximum limit for the year) because in the summer 3 credits qualifies as half-time enrollment.

Summer Coursework

One course in the summer semester constitutes half-time status, as opposed to the regular academic year in which 4.5 credits constitute half time. Summer aid applications are available on the website beginning in early March of the academic year.

Outside Grants

Students may also want to consider funding that is available from groups with which they are associated, such as professional organizations, fraternal groups, unions, corporations and churches. The following websites offer free scholarship search assistance: 

  • The College Board Scholarship Search's online tool helps you locate scholarships, internships, grants and loans that match your education level, talents and background.
  • CollegeNet Mach25 lets you search their database by keyword, e.g. enter "soccer" to see awards related to that sport.
  • FastWEB (Financial Aid Search Through the WEB) invites students to create a personalized profile that is matched against a database of scholarships. Registrants with the site receive emails matching them with new scholarships reminds them when application deadlines are approaching.
  • Lunch - helps you find scholarships by offering over a dozen ways to search its database and offers online application forms for select scholarships.
Other sites and scholarships that may be of interest to Liberal Studies students:
  • Financial Aid for Older and Nontraditional Students
  • Zonta Scholarships 
  • Clairol Scholarship - Offers scholarships to women 25 or older, must be U.S. citizens. Awards are based on need and range from $200-$1,000.
    For an application write to:
    Clairol Scholarship Program
    c/o Business and Professional Women's Foundation
    Attn: Irma Berks
    22012 Massachusetts Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20036  

Part-Time Employment

Though the majority of degree candidates in the Liberal Studies Program are career-oriented professionals, there is part-time employment available through the Georgetown University Employment Referral Service, which lists over 2,500 part-time, temporary and summer jobs in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area each year.

SCS students do not qualify for Federal Work Study awards, but a wide range of non-work study part-time employment opportunities are available in all sectors of the local market, including professional associations, research institutes, finance, law, governmental affairs, museums and the arts, as well as retail and food service positions. Students can also review temporary listings for information about one-time or short-term jobs such as home or childcare, party help, yard work or brief office assignments.

Tuition Assistance for Georgetown Employees

Full-time Georgetown employees (faculty, staff and academic administrative professionals) may be eligible for tuition benefits for participation in the Liberal Studies Program. Contact Georgetown’s Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits for more information about the Tuition Assistance Program (TAPs)