The University of San Francisco: Online Education

Apply for Aid - Graduate

Applicants for aid must not neglect the admission application process. Financial Aid offer notifications will only be sent to admitted students.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)

The FAFSA is available on line beginning January 1st at The FAFSA must be filed by all graduate applicants for Federal student aid.

To ensure that the University of San Francisco receives the information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must enter the USF Title IV code in step six of the FAFSA. The USF School code is: 001325.

The completed FAFSA may be submitted to the processor as early as January 1, 2015 for the 2015/2016 award year . There is no University priority filing deadline for graduate level students, but applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible for timely processing of a financial aid offer.

Once your FAFSA has been submitted to the processor, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) within three-to-four business days. Students are encouraged to review the “Comments” section of the SAR to identify any outstanding requirements. Students may also receive requests for documentation directly from the USF Financial Aid Office via email. You can also view any unsatisfied requirements that need to be submitted in the Financial Aid section of Student Self Service on myUSF. Any requested information should be provided without delay to ensure timely delivery of financial aid funds.

Federal Financial Aid

The only Federal Financial Aid initially available to graduate students is the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loan, which provides up to $20,500 pear year in non-credit-based loan funds. Most students are eligible for this award as long as they are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, and are not in default on any prior Federal student loans. The Financial Aid office will determine each graduate student's eligibility for Federal Direct Unsubsidized student loans.

If additional financial resources are required, students may apply for supplemental credit-based loans, such as Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loans.

Grants and Scholarships

Generally, the Financial Aid Office does not award grants or scholarships to graduate level students. If a student is eligible for a scholarship through their degree program, they will receive notification in their letter of admission. The Financial Aid office will reflect any program awarded grants or scholarships on the student's myUSF Financial Aid Awards page in Student Self Service.

Private Financial Aid

Graduate students are encouraged to search for private scholarships by clicking on the viewing our Outside Scholarships page. Students can also search reputable scholarship search engines such as FastWeb that are free of charge, contact any professional groups or associations to which you belong and inquire about any educational scholarship opportunities, or conduct their own online scholarship research.

If you are interested in Private loan funds, review and compare private lenders on our Private Loans page.

International Students

International Students are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid and are expected to have sufficient funds to pursue their studies in the United States. The University does not have sufficient funds to offer financial assistance to newly admitted International Students. Some lenders on our Private Loan Option List will provide private loans to International Students with a U.S. citizens as cosigners. For more information on studying in the U.S. and options for financing your education, please visit