​Graduate Student Information

​As a graduate student at the University of Findlay, you are eligible to apply for loans through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Through the federal program, you can obtain federal funds directly from the U.S. Department of Education. See below to learn more about Federal and private loan programs.

Federal Loan Programs

Stafford Loan Program - If you file a FAFSA and are enrolled at least half time, you may qualify for a Stafford Loan, which is a long-term, low-interest loan.

As a graduate student, you may borrow up to $20,500 in Federal Direct Loans each year.  The FAFSA and your cost of education will determine how much you can borrow. Your enrollment level also plays a role in your loan eligibility, but you must be enrolled at least half-time, which is at least four and one-half (4.5) hours of credit in a term.

Graduate PLUS Loans - You may also have the option of applying for a Graduate PLUS loan if your unsubsidized loan does not cover all of your educational costs.

Check on current interest rates for Federal Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loan funds. You can complete the Master Promissory Note and entrance counseling for the Federal Unsubsidized loans and apply for a Graduate PLUS loan at Student Loans

Private Loan Options

You may wish to consider one of the alternative loans that are available to graduate students in lieu of the Direct GradPLUS Loan. As the borrower, you must initiate the loan, which must subsequently be certified by the Office of Financial Aid. Generally, you must be creditworthy, and a cosigner must be creditworthy as well. While you may be able to borrow without a cosigner, having a cosigner may reduce the fees and/or the interest rate on the loan. A careful review of interest rates and their trends may be of value as you decide whether the Direct Grad PLUS or the alternative loan is the right choice for you. Please visit FASTChoice to explore some private loan options.

Employer Reimbursement

For many graduate students, employer reimbursement is a good option to help cover the cost of your education. If your company offers employer reimbursement, you must contact the University's Business Office​ to complete the University's Company Reimbursement Form prior to each session you enroll in.

Assistantships​

The University of Findlay offers many graduate assistantships for well-qualified, full-time graduate students.

Graduate assistants typically work 20 hours a week for the academic year. The positions carry a tuition stipend, and allow you an opportunity to advance your skills while pursuing your graduate degree. A full time graduate assistantship position is generally intended to be for the fall and spring semester of the specified academic year. There are three levels of annual graduate assistantship awards as indicated below:

Graduate Assistants (GA) - General work duties and athletic positions.

  • $4,200 stipend for 20 hours per week

  • 12 graduate credit hours of tuition remission

Teaching Assistants (TA) - Assist faculty with teaching duties.

  • $7,200 stipend for 20 hours per week

  • 12 graduate credit hours of tuition remission

Research Assistants (RA) - Assist faculty with research activities.

  • $7,200 stipend for 20 hours per week

  • 12 graduate credit hours of tuition remission

Additional Information

Not all students are qualified for all available positions based on his or her course of academic study and the required qualifications for the available positions.  Because of this, students should only complete and submit applications for graduate assistantships for which they are truly qualified. Students must submit an application for EACH position they apply for, and the position number must be included on each application or it will not be reviewed. Students will need to be a fully accepted and registered to be considered for a position. Applications for fall graduate assistantships are available each spring.


 
 

Financial Aid Policies for Graduate Students


Want to know how your financial aid will be impacted if you need to withdraw from a term completely? Or are you unsure what "Satisfactory Academic Progress" means?  Click on any of the links below to learn more.

Policies Regarding Financial Aid for Graduate and Profesional Programs

​There are two kinds of advanced study programs at Findlay, traditional graduate programs and professional study programs. Please read the information below to determine what kind of scholarships and aid you are eligible for based on the program you are interested in.


Doctor of Pharmacy 
This is a six-year program. The first four years are undergraduate, and years five and six are graduate. Students are only eligible for institutional scholarships during the undergraduate portion (first four years) of the program.     

Doctor of Physical Therapy 
This is a six-year program. The first three years are undergraduate, and years four, five, and six are graduate. Students are only eligible for institutional scholarships during the undergraduate portion (first three years) of the program. Students enrolled in the trimester program are not eligible for institutional scholarships at any time during their enrollment. 

Master of Athletic Training 
Two options for this program:
  • Option 1 is a five-year program. The first three years are undergraduate, and years four and five are graduate. Students are only eligible for institutional scholarships during the undergraduate portion (first three years) of the program.  
  • Option 2 is a two-year program that is only for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in any major. Students enrolled in this option are not eligible for institutional scholarships as this is strictly a graduate program.  
Master of Business Administration 
Students are not eligible for institutional scholarships as this is strictly a graduate program.  

Master of Arts in Education 
Students are not eligible for institutional scholarships as this is strictly a graduate program.  

Master of Occupational Therapy 
This is a five and one-half year program. The first four years are undergraduate, and the remaining years are graduate. Students are only eligible for institutional scholarships during the undergraduate portion (first four years) of the program. Students enrolled in the trimester program are not eligible for institutional scholarships at any time during their enrollment.  

Master of Physician Assistant 
Students are not eligible for institutional scholarships as this is strictly a graduate program.  

Master of Science in Environmental, Safety and Health Management (ESH) 
Students are not eligible for institutional scholarships as this is strictly a graduate program.  

Master of Arts in TESOL/Bilingual Education 
Students are not eligible for institutional scholarships as this is strictly a graduate program. 

Nuclear Medicine Certificate Program 
This is a one-year certificate program, and may be the culmination of a first undergraduate degree, or a certificate only, or as a “visited” program. Students are only eligible for institutional scholarships if enrolled in an associate or baccalaureate degree-seeking program, where the NMI certificate is awarded along with the associate or baccalaureate degree. Additionally, institutional scholarships will only be awarded for the didactic (instructional) semester of the program. Institutional scholarships will not be awarded during the two clinical semesters that follow the didactic (instructional) semester. ​