Financing Your Graduate Degree

Graduate Students

As with undergraduate education, many students fund their graduate education through a combination of financial support strategies. These might include loans, grants, scholarships, employer assistance, fellowships or traineeships, and teaching or research assistantships. All prospective graduate students should take time to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Yes, it’s for graduate students, too! The FAFSA is used to determine your financial need for other forms of aid, too. While the deadline for submission is June 30, the earlier the application is filed, the better the financial aid package an applicant is likely to be offered, and the lower the interest rates.  

Prospective graduate students should also seek out fellowships, traineeships, and teaching/research assistantships available through the department in which they will study and the university they will attend. At the University of Maryland, departments and programs may have fellowship or assistantship funds separate from those available through the University of Maryland Graduate School. Contact our graduate directors for departmental funding opportunities, and the University of Maryland Graduate School for other fellowship opportunities.

Graduate tuition rates are set per credit hour. There is no cap or flat rate for part-time or full-time graduate enrollment. 2015-2016 tuition rates are as follows:

MPH, MHA, Global Health certificate and Principles of Public Health certificate: Maryland resident: $740/credit hour, Non-resident: $1,310/credit hour

All other SPH graduate program tuition rates are set by the Bursar's Office. A full table of these tuition rates can be accessed here.

For other resources on financial aid and scholarships, please visit the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health.