Financing Your Degree

As the demand for public health leadership grows,1 so too does the need to deliver accessible, top-quality public health education. It is our responsibility to prepare the next generation of public health professionals as we work together to improve the health of our communities and world.

Our online Master of Public Health (MPH@GW) program maintains the same standards, rigor and quality of the on-campus equivalent. Therefore, the tuition rate is also comparable.

  • MPH@GW consists of 45 credits, with each credit costing $1,800. The estimated tuition for this program is $81,000. This rate is reflective of the 2022-23 academic year tuition rate and is subject to annual review and adjustment.

Please note the cost of tuition does not include out-of-pocket expenses such as books, additional course materials, immersions or other fees. While immersion fees include a majority of associated expenses, students are still responsible for travel costs, as well as some food and miscellaneous charges throughout the immersion experience.

Funding and Financial Aid Options

There are a number of options available to help you fund your degree, including merit-based scholarships, private loans and federal loans. Please see below for helpful resources:

Scholarships

MPH@GW is guaranteeing a tuition scholarship of $10,000 to students who are accepted and enrolled into the upcoming cohort. Contact your Admissions Counselor for more information.

How to Apply for Student Loans

If you intend to apply for federal or private loan funding, you should begin the process as early as possible to allow adequate time for processing. Students should take these initial steps to begin:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using GW school code 001444.
  2. Students who have not borrowed a Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loan within the last 10 years should complete the Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN) online by visiting the Federal Student Aid Loan website. 
  3. All first-time borrowers are required to complete Entrance Counseling regarding their rights and responsibilities as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan borrower. Entrance Counseling can be completed online by visiting the Federal Student Aid Loan website.
  4. Complete GW’s Supplemental Graduate Loan Questionnaire, only if:
    1. The student declined all, or a portion, of their Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan that was originally offered to them via GWeb;
    2. Loan eligibility is regained after being lost for any reason; or
    3. The student is in an eligible health profession and is applying for the summer portion of their loan.
  5. In some instances we will be required to collect additional information. If that need arises, we will contact you in writing.

For additional information on Federal Student Aid programs, please visit the Federal Student Aid website or contact our financial aid staff for further assistance.

E-mail : GWSPHfinaid@gwu.edu
Phone: Phone Number:202-994-1950
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Federal Student Aid

The FAFSA is available October 1st for the upcoming academic year. New students planning to use federal student aid should complete the FAFSA while applying for admission; you do not need to wait until you are admitted. 

Continuing students will need to submit a FAFSA each year they plan to receive federal student aid. Eligibility for federal student aid does not carry over from one award year to the next, you will need to complete the FAFSA for each award year for which you are or plan to enroll.

Please reference the chart below to determine which FAFSA academic year to complete based on your desired start, continue/return date:

StartTermFAFSA Year
July 2022
Summer
2021-2022
September 2022
Fall
2022-2023
January 2023
Spring 1
2022-2023
April 2023
Spring 2
2022-2023
July 2023
Summer
2022-2023

An academic year at GWU starts in the fall and ends in the summer. This is used to calculate your federal eligibility for one academic year.  

Example: If you start in Summer (2022), and register for Summer (2022) and Fall (2022), you will need to complete both the 2021-2022 FAFSA and the 2022-2023 FAFSA.

Example: If you start in Fall 2022, and register for Fall (2022), Spring (2023) and Summer (2023), you will only need to complete the 2022-2023 FAFSA.

Example: If you start in Spring 1 or 2 (2023), and register for Spring (2023), Summer (2023) and Fall (2023), you will need to complete both the 2022-2023 FAFSA and the 2023-2024 FAFSA.

Financial Aid for International Students

While international applicants will be considered for institutionally funded scholarships, eligibility for federal student aid is limited to U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents and eligible non-citizens who are currently living within the United States for purposes other than studying.

International students should explore funding options in their home countries and talk with their employers about tuition benefits that may be available, including tuition reimbursement and low-cost loans.

Please note that international students in online degree programs are not eligible to participate in the U.S. Student Visa process.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor (2020). Occupational Outlook Handbook: Health Educators and Community Health WorkersRetrieved Nov. 4, 2020.