Prospective Students

Welcome to the George Washington University!

We're thrilled you are considering joining our community! The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) serves as a resource for graduate students looking for funding opportunities at the George Washington University. 


1. Explore funding opportunities

The George Washington University offers a variety of funding opportunities for graduate students. You can learn more about each funding opportunity below.

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School and Department Funding

These awards make up the vast majority of funding offered from GW and vary widely by program. Connect with your department's admissions representative to learn more about the funding available.

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Assistantship Positions

All assistantships are offered and managed directly by departments. Connect with your department to inquire about assistantship availabilities.


Loan Opportunities

The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers the loan and work study opportunities available to GW students. Please note that many federal loan opportunities are limited to U.S. Citizens.

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GW offers student employment, part-time and full-time positions. For employment outside of GW, the Center of Career Services and school-based career services offer resources for job-seeking students. 


Monthly Payment Plan

The Student Account Office administers a monthly payment plan option for students. The monthly payment plan enables students to pay tuition and fees in four equal payments per semester.

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Grad2Grad Program

GW Alumni (completed a Bachelor's degree at GW) may be eligible for a 10% tuition discount on their graduate studies at GW through the Grad2Grad program.

2. Understand your Cost of Attendance

The Office of Student Financial Assistance provides a budget template for students to estimate their cost of attendance throughout their graduate program. It's important to consider living expenses, transportation, books and personal expenses in additon to tuition and fees. 

Find your program's tuition rateTuition Rates for AY2023-2024

Create your Graduate School Budget


3. Plan your funding search

The best time to start thinking about funding your graduate program is NOW! After you've reviewed the funding opportunities available at GW and determined your cost of attendance, it's time to make a plan to find funding.

Many external and OGSAF award competitions open up to one year before funding is dispersed, so interested students should begin looking for opportunities as soon as they consider pursuing graduate studies, even if they have not been admitted to GW yet. 


Have Additional Questions?

The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships is here to help! We offer one-on-one virtual appointments with OGSAF staff members to answer general questions about funding opportunities and direct students to other funding experts across campus for any questions we can't answer. 

Please note, we are unable to answer questions about...

  • Department-specific funding (please contact your admissions representative)
  • Assistantship availability (please contact your prospective department)

Schedule an Appointment