Financial Aid for Graduate Students

We understand that your education is a significant investment.

We also understand that the financial aid process can be complex. Thus, our Office of Financial Aid is committed to helping you navigate the process, providing guidance and information you need—including types of aid, how to apply for aid, debt management counseling, and more.

Our staff will work with you to review your individual needs. We’ll help you explore financial aid options—such as grants and loans—in order to maximize your funding sources and minimize your debt.

Graduate Grants

Agnes Scott College offers several types of graduate grants that are awarded on a competitive basis upon acceptance to a master’s or certificate program. Graduate grants do not need to be repaid and are allocated to recipients as a per class discount by semester.

These grants are awarded based on a combination of an applicant's academic and professional history, and all application materials are considered in grant award decisions. All graduate applicants who submit their application by a given deadline will be reviewed for a grant - no additional application is required to be considered.

The Linda Lentz Hubert Grant, named in honor of an alumna, former professor and champion of graduate education at Agnes Scott, is awarded to select students enrolled in the Writing and Digital Communication Program. Students enrolled for a Master of Arts will receive a total grant of $5,500 and students enrolled for a graduate certificate will receive a total grant of $3,000. 

Grants are allocated per class by semester. Students must complete curriculum requirements to receive the full grant amount.

The Innovator’s Grant is offered to graduate students on a competitive basis at the time of admission. This grant is allocated per class by semester and available to eligible applicants as follows:

Applicable Master's Degree Programs
Data Analysis and Communication, Social Innovation, and Technology Leadership and Management 

Total Grant Award
$5,500

Applicable Graduate Certificate Programs
Data Visualization, Evaluation and Assessment Methods, and Technology Leadership and Management

Total Grant Award
$2,500 - 3,000, depending on length of program

Grants are allocated per class by semester. Students must complete curriculum requirements to receive the full grant amount.

The Dean’s Grant is an award offered on a competitive basis at the time of admission. This grant is allocated per class by semester and available to eligible applicants as follows:

Master's Degrees - $2,750 
Graduate Certificates - $1,250 - $1,500, depending on the length of program

Grants are allocated per class by semester. Students must complete curriculum requirements to receive the full grant amount.

The Director's Grant is an award offered on a competitive basis at the time of admission. This grant is allocated per class by semester and available to eligible applicants as follows:

Master's Degrees - $1,100 
Graduate Certificates - $500 - $600, depending on the length of program

Grants are allocated per class by semester. Students must complete curriculum requirements to receive the full grant amount.

Loan Options

Types of Federal Loan Aid Available

Graduate students at Agnes Scott may be eligible for federal education loans. Below is the process to apply:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the program’s academic year.
  • List your level in college as “graduate.”
  • The Agnes Scott College FAFSA school code is 001542.
  • Your completed FAFSA will indicate which federal education loans you may be eligible to receive and the amount.

Federal Education Loan Options:

As a graduate student, you will most likely be considered as independent from your parents. Federal loans that might be available to graduate students who complete the FAFSA include Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Grad PLUS Loans.

For the Direct Unsubsidized Loan, the student assumes all responsibility for the interest and interest begins accruing immediately following disbursement. You have to be attending college at least part-time (6 credit hours) as a part of eligibility for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

Repayment begins:

  • 6 months after student graduates
  • 6 months after student drops below part-time enrollment
  • 6 months after student is no longer enrolled
  • No penalty for pre-payment

Current interest rates for these loans can be found at www.studentaid.gov

Direct Unsubsidized Loan Limits 

If you started or completed a graduate degree previously and used federal education loans, those amounts will be considered when you file a new FAFSA form for your degree at Agnes Scott College. The limits for independent graduate and professional school students are as follows:

  • Annual amount of combined unsubsidized loans is $20,500
  • Aggregate limit of all Federal Stafford loans (including subsidized loans received for undergraduate study) cannot exceed $138,500

Graduate students may be eligible for a Grad PLUS Loan if there are remaining costs associated with your graduate study that are not covered by Direct Unsubsidized Loans once a FAFSA is completed. There is a separate application to complete for this federal education loan. The maximum amount that can be borrowed for a PLUS loan is the cost of attendance (determined by Agnes Scott) minus any other financial assistance you receive in graduate grants and/or federal education loans.

This is a credit-based loan that can cover up to the cost of attendance minus any aid you have already received. Students must be enrolled at least part-time (6 credit hours).

Repayment begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed.

Current interest rates for these loans can be found at www.studentaid.gov.

Private Loans

A private, credit-based alternative loan may be available to graduate students who need funding for remaining educational costs. There are various lenders for student borrowers that require no payments while the student remains in school. Private loans have various options for repayment and may offer forbearance and deferral options. In addition, interest rates for private loans are based on credit and are set by the lender.

To view and compare alternative loans available to Agnes Scott students, please go to ElmSelect. Search “Agnes Scott College” for school and “graduate” for program. When viewing the loan options, be sure to check the degree-seeking requirements in the details to en master's degree or graduate certificate programs are eligible within the requirement.

Agnes Scott College Payment Plan

Agnes Scott offers a convenient, interest-free payment plan for students. No credit review is required, and students pay a small application fee. The first-time application and the annual renewal are fast, simple and can easily be completed online. Visit agnesscott.afford.com for details.

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