Graduate students must be seeking a Master's Degree, Doctoral Degree, or Teacher Certification to be eligible for federal loan consideration. Financial aid for graduate students enrolled in eligible programs at Slippery Rock University can take the form of Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loans, graduate assistantships, on-campus employment, scholarships, private loans, and private scholarships. Students in Endorsement and Certificates Programs are not eligible for federal aid but may be eligible for non-federal alternative loans.
Please read below for information regarding
- Applying for Graduate Assistantships
- Applying for Federal Stafford Loan
- Graduate Federal PLUS Loan
- Academic Scholarships
- On-campus Student Employment
- Other Important Information
Graduate Assistantships are awarded by a particular department in conjunction with the Office of Graduate Admissions, North Hall Welcome Center (Phone: 724-738-2051). Approximately 100 graduate assistantship positions are available at the University. Full-time Graduate Assistantships typically include a stipend of $4,000 per academic year along with a full tuition waiver. Assistantships may be granted for up to two years, with full-time recipients working approximately 17.5 hours each week and maintaining full-time enrollment status. Assistantship brochures and GA employment applications may be obtained from the Graduate Assistantships webpage. Completed application forms should be submitted directly to the office in which employment is being sought. It is recommended that applicants also place a general GA employment application on file in the Office of Graduate Admissions. If you are awarded a graduate assistantship after your Stafford Loan has been processed, your loan eligibility may be reduced.
Applying For Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loan
The FAFSA should be submitted in the spring each year for the upcoming academic year. NOTE: SRU’s FEDERAL SCHOOL CODE IS: 003327.
Once your FAFSA is processed, the school can certify your Stafford Loan eligibility.
STUDENTS MUST BE ENROLLED FOR 6 GRADUATE CREDITS AT SRU TO BE CONSIDERED FOR STAFFORD LOAN ELIGIBILITY.
All Stafford Loan borrowers must sign a new Master Promissory Note through the U.S. Department of Education at www.StudentLoans.gov. The maximum you can borrow for any academic year is $20,500, not to exceed the "cost of education" as determined by your FAFSA results. (The "academic year" is defined as fall/spring/summer, except for continuously-enrolled DPT students for whom the academic year is defined as two semesters).
Unsubsidized Stafford Loans: You are responsible for either making quarterly interest payments on your loan while in school, or capitalizing these interest payments (making no interest payments now, but the interest accrues and increases the amount you repay after you cease half-time enrollment). Repayment of principal begins 6 months after you cease to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis.
To be considered for Stafford Loans in the summer, you will need to complete Summer Aid Application which is available on the Summer Aid web page from April through August.
Eligible graduate students may also have the opportunity to borrow through the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan program. We encourage you to apply for the Federal Stafford Loan first because the interest rate is lower on the Stafford Loan. If you have not reached your cost of attendance with the Federal Stafford and you are looking for other options to finance your educational costs, you may want to consider the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan for graduate students. Be sure to complete the FAFSA (see above) if you plan to apply for the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan.
The interest rate is a fixed 6.41% for the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan; to obtain a Federal Graduate PLUS Loan, you must complete a required Entrance Loan Counseling and Master Promissory Note at www.StudentLoans.gov.
STUDENTS MUST BE ENROLLED FOR 6 GRADUATE CREDITS AT SRU TO BE CONSIDERED FOR GRADUATE PLUS LOAN ELIGIBILITY.
A list of Academic Scholarships is available on the SRU scholarship web page. Scholarships are awarded by particular departments and may be based on academic performance and other criteria.
On-campus job openings are posted both at the Office of Career Education and Development, Bailey Library (Phone: 724-738-2028) and on the Career Services webpage. Students must submit job applications to each department in which he/she would like to work. Students may be paid out of institutional funds ("no need") or federal work-study funds (demonstrate "need") as determined by the results of the FAFSA.
If you anticipate a reduction or loss of income, or incur unusual expenses not taken into consideration on the FAFSA form, contact the SRU Financial Aid Office for guidance.
Total financial aid eligibility cannot exceed the "cost of education". Cost of education includes expenses such as tuition, fees, living expenses, books and personal expenses for an academic year (two semester period) and is determined by the Financial Aid Office.
For actual costs of tuition and fees, go the the Office of Student Accounts webpage.
Students are billed for the fall semester in JULY (first payment due in August); and for the spring semester in DECEMBER (first payment due in January). Students will be billed for one semester at a time. Payment in full is due by the end of the semester. Any financial aid or loans that have been approved at the time of billing will be deducted from the bill. The balance due may be paid in full or for a $25/semester fee, you may select the installment payment plan.
Please note: financial aid awards listed on the Billing Statement may be adjusted due to changes in credit hours, failure to meet academic progress requirements, the verification process, or the awarding of a graduate assistantship. Billing questions should be directed to the Office of Student Accounts.
Refunds of excess aid will be processed through the office of Student Accounts, 104 Old Main (Phone: 724-738-2088), on or after the first day of classes.
Eligibility for Title IV financial aid (Stafford Loan, Graduate PLUS Loan, Federal work-study) requires that the student maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP), as defined by the Financial Aid Office. Students are encouraged to read the complete SAP policy. A summary of a few of the requirements includes: