Financial Aid Options

Always check with the Office of Student Financial Aid for the most up to date and official information.

If you are thinking about applying for a Graduate Program at KSU, you should complete the FAFSA so that potential sources of financial aid can be identified for you. You should complete the FAFSA about the same time that you complete the Graduate Application for Admissions. Deadlines for completing the FAFSA are:


FAFSA Priority Deadline


April 1st


November 1st


April 1st

Please note:

  1. You must be fully accepted in order to qualify for any financial aid. If you are accepted pending official documentation or provisionally/conditionally accepted you will not qualify for financial aid.

  2. You must be in a degree seeking program to qualify for financial aid. Non-degree programs, such as certificate programs or teacher certification add-on programs, do not qualify for financial aid according to federal guidelins.

Forms of Financial Aid for Graduate Students


There is a "window" of opportunity to apply for scholarships. That window usually opens around late November and closes in early March. The Scholarship website is You can see a list of scholarships, specifically for graduate students by following these steps:

  • Go to
  • Click on "Apply now"
  • Click on "Search Scholarships"
  • Category Search (click on the box with the + sign)
  • In the Class box, select Graduate from list
  • Scroll to the bottom and click Search


Graduate students are eligible for 2 different loan programs.

Stafford Loans offer $8,500 as subsidized interest free and $12,000 unsubsidized.

Gradplus Loans offers an amount that is the cost of education less any other financial aid (loans, scholarships etc) that the student is receiving for the year/semester. Additionally, repayment begins when the student graduates or ceases ½ time enrollment.

Graduate Research Assistantships

A Graduate Research Assistant works with a faculty member on a specific research project for a certain number of hours each week. In exchange, the GRA is granted a tuition fee waiver and provided a stipend. See the GRA website for more details.