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 (OFSA). The OFSA oversees the processing of all loans for students who have been admitted to a GW graduate degree or approved graduate certificate program.

Merit-Based Scholarships

The Graduate School of Political Management has a limited number of merit-based scholarships, some of which are endowed, that are awarded each year to incoming students by a faculty committee. These scholarships 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 and email a response to the form's relevant essay question to Suzanne Farrand by the deadline:

Fall admission – May 1

Spring admission – October 1

GSPM Scholars Program

Incoming students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement are eligible to receive a $20,000 scholarship toward GSPM tuition. To be considered for the GSPM Scholars program, applicants should have achieved a minimum 3.7 undergraduate GPA and should follow the application instructions outlined in the scholarship application form.

Although merit-based assistance is not generally available for the summer semester, 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, fall applicants will be notified by June 15 and spring applicants by November 15.


O'Dwyer Fund for Student Loan Forgiveness

Funded by GSPM board member 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. To submit your loans complete the applicationemployment verification form, and any other requested documentation to Suzanne Farrand. The program is open to fall 2017, spring 2018, and summer 2018 GSPM graduates and the application deadline for 2018 is Monday, June 25.

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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