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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.

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 - there is not an additional application 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, provides $500 per class throughout a student's enrollment in the Writing and Digital Communication Master of Arts or Graduate Certificate programs. This grant is awarded on a competitive basis at the time of admission.
The Innovator’s Grant is an award of $500 per class throughout a master’s degree or graduate certificate within a student’s degree requirements. This grant is available to applicants of the following programs:
  • Applied Technology (Master of Science or Graduate Certificate)
  • Data Analysis and Communication (Master of Science)
  • Data Visualization (Graduate Certificate)
  • Evaluation and Assessment Methods (Graduate Certificate)
  • Social Innovation (Master of Arts)
The Dean’s Grant is an award of $250 per class throughout a master’s degree or graduate certificate within a student’s degree requirements. This grant is available to applicants of the following programs:
  • Applied Technology (Master of Science or Graduate Certificate)
  • Data Analysis and Communication (Master of Science)
  • Data Visualization (Graduate Certificate)
  • Evaluation and Assessment Methods (Graduate Certificate)
  • Social Innovation (Master of Arts)
  • Writing and Digital Communication (Master of Arts or Graduate Certificate)
The Director’s Grant is an award of $100 per class throughout a master’s degree or graduate certificate within a student’s degree requirements. This grant is available to applicants of the following programs:
  • Applied Technology (Master of Science or Graduate Certificate)
  • Data Analysis and Communication (Master of Science)
  • Data Visualization (Graduate Certificate)
  • Evaluation and Assessment Methods (Graduate Certificate)
  • Social Innovation (Master of Arts)
  • Writing and Digital Communication (Master of Arts or Graduate Certificate)

Agnes Scott College Payment Plan

Agnes Scott offers a convenient, interest-free payment plan for students. No credit review 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.

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 include:

  • Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • Grad PLUS Loan

As a graduate student, you will most likely be considered as independent from your parents. Graduate students are not eligible for subsidized federal loans, which may be different from undergraduate loans you might have received.

Direct Unsubsidized Loans may be available to graduate students after completing the FAFSA. For this type of federal education 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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/subsidized-unsubsidized#interest-rates.

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:

  • 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 loan is fully disbursed.

Current interest rates for these loans can be found at https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/loans/plus/grad#interest.

Private Loans

A private, credit-based alternative loan may be available to graduate students who need funding for remaining college costs. There are various lenders for student borrowers which 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 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, make sure to check the degree-seeking requirements in the details to make sure master's degree or graduate certificate programs are eligible within the requirement.