Financial Aid Opportunities



Our tuition and fees vary by program and location, generally increasing annually. You can find various aid or scholarship opportunities at GW to help you finance your education.




Applying for Financial Aid

On your application check "yes" to the question, "Do you plan to apply for US federal financial aid?" This will prompt the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OFSA) to send you the financial aid forms. You can contact OFSA for information about loan options and other available forms of financial aid at 202-994-6620 or

You must be a US citizen, permanent resident or refugee to apply for need-based financial aid. The priority deadlines for completing your application for Federal Stafford, Graduate PLUS, and/or alternative loan funding are:  

  • Fall – May 1st
  • Spring – October 1st
  • Summer – March 1st  

Completing your application by these dates will ensure that your loan funds will arrive at the beginning of the requested semester(s).



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Half-Time/Full-Time Certification for Financial Aid (Graduate Students)

Certification for graduate student financial aid is based on the total number of credit hours for which you register in a given semester. Half-time status requires being registered for 5-8 credit hours, and full-time requires 9 credit hours or more. Complete the Certification Request Form (PDF) and send it to the College (not to the address indicated on the form) by either:

  • scanning and emailing the form to or
  • mailing the form to 1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 250, Alexandria, VA 22314, ATTN: CPS Student Services.  


If you have any questions about completing the form or about your status, please contact for assistance.



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Applying for Loans

To apply for a Stafford or alternative educational loans to finance your education, please visit OFSA. Students must be accepted degree or certificate students and enrolled in at least six credit hours per semester in order to qualify for loans.



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Virginia State Grants

The Commonwealth of Virginia has two grant programs which students attending Virginia-based programs (VSTC, Arlington and Alexandria) may qualify for. More information about these programs, eligibility and application steps are available through  OFSA.



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Employment Opportunities

The Career Services Office provides comprehensive career planning support to students and alumni of all CPS programs*. To learn more about our services please contact  Melissa Feuer at 202-994-8310 or

*Students in the Graduate School of Political Management are served by Mag Gottlieb; please call 202-994-8782 or visit GSPM Career Services.



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Veteran’s Benefits

Information regarding veteran's education benefits may be obtained from the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services, Foggy Bottom Campus. Students should contact at or 202-994-2083 with questions. A signed certificate attesting to the student's status must be obtained from the appropriate dean's office and mailed with the registration schedule and statement at the time of payment. Those students who are veterans and requesting benefits must communicate their status to the Veterans Benefits Office, at least 30 days prior to course start date, in order to obtain an advance payment from the VA. Payment takes approximately 6-8 weeks.



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Walter E. Washington Scholarships

In honor of the first mayor of Washington, DC, President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg established the Walter E. Washington Scholarships for Police Professionals. Students enrolled in the courses offered through the Police Science program will receive the scholarship, which offers a substantial award towards GW's current undergraduate tuition rate.



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Employer Assistance

Tuition benefits paid by employers are often overlooked. Many organizations will pay for all or part of your education if the classes you take will enhance your job performance or prepare you for a promotion.

The eligibility requirements vary depending on your employer. You should speak with your employer early to determine if your organization provides these benefits and how much of your tuition it will cover. Tuition benefits will reduce the amount of other aid you need, and make other financial aid easier to obtain.



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PACTs Scholarship

The PACTS Scholarship program, at the George Washington University, will support bachelor’s degree completion of students transferring from local community colleges to the Integrated Information Science and Technology Program (IIST).

Up to $10,000 per year for two years is available to talented transfer students who demonstrate financial need. Students have the opportunity to participate in career workshops, mentoring activities and industry visits to enhance their education endeavors at GW, and to explore their academic and career options after graduation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be enrolled in the IIST program, at the Arlington center or the VSTC location
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) during the semesters receiving support
  • Demonstrate academic ability or potential
  • Demonstrate financial need as defined by the FAFSA application

Students applying to the IIST program should note interest in the scholarship in their application's Statement of Purpose to be considered for the PACTS Scholarship program.