Tuition & Financial Assistance

Tuition rates vary by program and location and are maintained by GW's Student Accounts office. Find the program you'd like to pursue in the College of Professional Studies PDF to view the tuition rate.

Financial Assistance

There are various ways to receive financial assistance at GW, from loans to fellowships to federal work-study. These resources are available through the university’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA). The OSFA oversees the processing of all loans for students who have been admitted to a GW graduate degree or approved graduate certificate program.

GSPM's programs are designed for working professionals and classes meet on weekday evenings. We recommend asking your employer if they provide financial assistance to employees seeking a master's degree. 

Merit-Based Scholarships

GSPM has only a limited number of merit-based scholarships. These are awarded each year to incoming students by a faculty committee and typically cover tuition for between 1-4 classes.

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher are encouraged to submit a scholarship application form by the following deadlines.

*Students applying for Summer terms may apply for Fall merit-based aid by the following deadlines.

Fall admission

  Application Deadline
Priority April 1
General July 1

Applicants who submit an application by the Priority deadline may receive a response about a scholarship offer prior to May 1.

Spring Admission 

  Application Deadline
Priority September 1
General November 1

GSPM Scholars Program

Incoming students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement are eligible to be considered for a $20,000 scholarship toward GSPM tuition. To apply for the GSPM Scholars program, applicants must have achieved a minimum 3.7 undergraduate GPA and should follow the instructions of the scholarship application form. This is a competitive process so having a 3.7 undergraduate GPA does not guarantee that you will be selected as a GSPM Scholar.

Although merit-based assistance is not generally available for the summer term, summer applicants can submit a scholarship application by May 1 to be considered with fall applicants.

If you have been selected for a merit-based award, you will be notified by June 15 for the fall term and by November 15 for the spring term.

O'Dwyer Fund for Student Loan Forgiveness

Funded by GSPM board member emeritus Brian J. O'Dwyer and his wife Marianna, the O'Dwyer Fund for Student Loan Forgiveness encourages GSPM graduates to take jobs in the public sector by helping to pay some of their student loan debt. With their support, the O'Dwyers hoped that graduates would pursue careers in the public sector rather than feeling pressured to take higher-paying jobs in other fields.

The O’Dwyer Fund offers “forgivable” loans to recent GSPM graduates who carry significant loan debt and who are employed in the public sector. These loans are to be used to pay down the graduate’s private or federally subsidized student loans that were used for undergraduate or GSPM studies.

The scope of this program each year depends on the amount of funds available from the O’Dwyer Fund. For additional information, please refer to the O’Dwyer Fund Program Description and FAQs. We are now accepting applications from Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 GSPM graduates. The application, which can be found HERE, is due by 5 p.m. on June 19. You will need to submit an Employer Certification Form and Loan Information Template with your application. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

Veterans' Benefits

GW salutes your service to our country and values your contributions to the campus community. GW, GSPM, and the Office of Veteran Services are committed to providing you with the highest level of student and financial services and are here to assist with any issue that may arise. Contact the Office of Veteran Services for assistance with veterans' benefits.

Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

GW offers school- and program-based fellowships, the majority of which are open to highly qualified students, regardless of immigration status. Contact the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Assistantships for more information. The GSPM's Merit-Based Scholarships are also available to all students, regardless of immigration status.


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