School of Continuing Studies Graduate Programs
Financial aid for graduate students in the School of Continuing Studies may consist of service scholarships and student loans. A complete list of service scholarships and how to apply can be found on the School of Continuing Studies website. Our office uses your financial aid application (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for students loans. You are eligible to borrow up to your program’s full cost of attendance. In order for a student to be eligible for federal loans a student must be enrolled in a minimum of half time as determined by the University Registrar.
In order to maintain your eligibility for federal financial aid, you must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward your degree. Please note that these standards do not replace or supersede GU’s academic regulations or individual schools’ regulations and procedures. Questions regarding the student financial aid SAP policy should be directed to The Office of Student Financial Services. Please refer to the Graduate Satisfactory Academic Policy for more information.
How to Apply
To apply for fall and/or spring financial aid you must:
- Submit the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the fall and spring academic terms using the FAFSA School Code: 001445. Students complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA in order to apply for financial aid for the 2019 fall, 2020 spring and 2020 summer academic terms. Students complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA in order to apply for financial aid for the 2020 fall, 2021 spring and 2021 summer academic terms.
To apply for summer financial aid:
- Complete a 2019-2020 FAFSA no later than June 30, 2020
- Answer the Summer Survey posted to the Personal Information tab of MyAccess. Summer Surveys are posted in February of each academic year.
Next Steps After Receiving Your Award Notification
Step 1: Review Your Award in MyAccess
Your financial aid award will be available for reviewing in MyAccess (new window) under the “Financial Services” tab, where you can accept, reduce, or decline components of your financial aid award. Financial aid that stays in an “offered” status will not appear on your billing statement.
Step 2: Review the Federal Loan Comparison Chart
|Loan Type||Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan||Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan|
|Eligibility||Not credit-based||Credit-based (students with adverse credit may be eligible with a credit-worthy endorser)|
|Enrollment Status||Must be at least half-time, as defined by university registrar||Must be at least half-time, as defined by university registrar|
|Limit||Cost of attendance minus financial aid and other resources received; maximum $20,500 per academic year||Cost of attendance minus financial aid and other resources received|
|Interest Rate||6.6% (begins to accrue after first disbursement)||7.6% (begins to accrue after first disbursement)|
|Origination Fee||1.062%(loans disbursed between 10/1/18 and 9/30/19)
1.066%(loans disbursed between 10/1/17 and 9/30/18)
|4.248%(loans disbursed between 10/1/18 and 9/30/19)
4.264% (loans disbursed between 10/1/17 and 9/30/18)
|Grace Period||Six months after graduation, leaving school, or dropping below half-time enrollment||Option to begin repayment immediately after full year disbursement, or you can apply for in-school deferment and begin six months after graduation, leaving school, or dropping below half-time enrollment|
|Repayment Term||Standard 10-year repayment plan. For more options, visit Federal Student Aid||Standard 10-year repayment plan. For more options, visit Federal Student Aid|
Step 3: Complete Your Student Loan Requirements
If you have accepted your Federal Direct Loans in MyAccess (new window) and are a first-time borrower at Georgetown, you will need to complete the following loan requirements:
Graduate PLUS Loan
Step 4: Report Your Scholarships
Scholarships and resources include private scholarships, service scholarships, affiliate scholarships, and tuition benefits. Under federal law and university policy, we must consider these resources and may be required to revise your financial aid award.
You must report all outside resources through MyAccess (new window) by going to “Award Information,” then to “Resources/Additional Information.” You can view this step-by-step guide for more details. Our office also provides information to assist you in searching for outside scholarships.
If your outside resource is being sent to Georgetown, please note this in the comments section in MyAccess and use this address:
Office of Student Financial Services
G-19 Healy Hall
37th & O Streets NW
Washington, D.C. 20057
If you need an official invoice from the university for your outside award to be disbursed, you must send a written request to the Office of Billing and Payment Services (new window). The office will then bill your sponsor.
Step 5: Review Your Bill
You can view your bill by clicking “Student Account Services” after logging into MyAccess (new window). If you have any questions about paying your bill, setting up a payment plan, or accessing your refund, contact the Office of Billing and Payment Services.
You will be notified by email when a billing statement has been issued. Bills are generally issued in mid-June and mid-November. If you accepted your financial aid in MyAccess and completed all your loan requirements the net amount will appear on your billing statement as memo credits until actual funds are disbursed and it will reduce the amount that you must pay.
If you have a credit on your student account, you are eligible for a refund. You will know you have a refund on your account if your account balance in your MyAccess is a negative number, which usually appears a few days after your aid disburses to your student account. To access that refund (ie credit):
- Set up your “Payment Profile” – your bank information – in MyAccess (instructions below)
- Then go to https://myaccess.georgetown.edu/
- Sign into MyAccess using your NetID and password
- Once signed in, click on “Student Account”
- Then click on “Request a Refund”
- If you have a refundable balance, you will be given an option to “Request a Refund”. Click!
Note: Refunds take 48-72 hours to process so expect to receive the funds in 3-4 days. Please keep in mind that you will not be able to request a refund until the funds for any student loans have been received (generally not until the first day/week of class). Be sure to check for a refund at the beginning of EACH semester.
Set up your Payment Profile (ie your bank account information) in your student account. This will be helpful for a number of reasons, especially if you are eligible for a refund from the university
- Get the “routing number” for your bank account. (You may call your bank, or check your bank’s website to get this.
- Log in to MyAccess (new window) using your Net ID and password
- Once signed in, click on “Student Account” (the 4th option)
- Click on “Student Account Services” (this will bring up a new window)
- Click on “My Profiles” (on top tabs)
- Click on “Payment Profile”
- Use the drop box under ‘Add a Payment Method’ and select “Electronic Check”
- Follow the instructions to set up the payment profile. You will need the routing number of your bank account. Call your bank, or check your bank’s website to find the routing number.
Step 6: Waive or Accept Your Student Health Insurance
To improve the health and wellness of the community, most full-time students are eligible and mandated to enroll in the most comprehensive student health insurance offered by Georgetown University. Students who have adequate health insurance coverage, according to these requirements, may choose to waive health insurance by completing the Student Health Insurance Survey in MyAccess. It may take several weeks for the student health insurance charge to be removed from the student’s account after the waiver is completed.