Graduate Students

Applying for Financial Aid

You will need to first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be done online.

Under the student status questions, there is one referring to working on a master's or doctorate degree: At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, will you be working on a master's or doctorate program (such as MA, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD)?

  • You should answer "YES" to this question.
  • By answering yes to one or more questions in the student status section, you will automatically be considered an independent student.
    • You will receive a pop-up box asking if you wish to provide parental information on the FAFSA - it will indicate that some schools require this information.
    • Millersville University does not require parental information for students seeking a master's degree. 
    • If you are submitting your FAFSA to other schools, you should check with their Financial Aid Office to determine if you need to put parental information on your FAFSA.

There is a question referring to your grade level and another question on the degree you are seeking:

  • Degree or Certificate you will be working on during 2016-2017
    1st Bachelor's Degree
    2nd Bachelor's Degree
    Associate Degree (occupational or technical program)
    Associate degree (general education)
    Certificate or diploma (occupational, technical, or educational program of less than two years)
    Certificate or diploma (occupational, technical, or educational program of two or more years)
    Teaching Credential
    Graduate or professional degree
    You will answer Graduate or professional degree

  • Grade Level
    1st year (0 - 29.9 credits earned)
    2nd year (30 - 59.9 credits earned)
    3rd year (60 - 89.9 credits earned)
    4th year (90+ credits earned)
    5th year, Post Baccalaureate Certification, 2nd Degree
    Graduate Student (first year)
    Graduate student (after first year)
    You will answer Graduate Student (first year) or Graduate Student (after first year)


Students seeking a Master's Degree are NOT eligible for any federal or state grants.  Once a student receives his/her first bachelor's degree, s/he is no longer eligible for federal or state grants.

Graduate Students are eligible for the Federal Stafford Loan, which is a guaranteed student loan.  For more information, please see the Federal Stafford Loan webpage

As a Graduate Student, you are eligible for up to $20,500 in an Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan for one academic year (including Summer, Fall, Spring terms).  (See the Federal Stafford Loan webpage for more information): 

  • The Office of Financial Aid will award the maximum amount you are eligible to receive.  If you wish to reduce or cancel any portion of your award, you may do so via MAX or by completing the online Loan Request Form or by contacting the Office of Financial Aid at 717-871-5100.
  • You must be enrolled for at least 6 credits in a degree-seeking program each term to qualify for the Federal Stafford Loan.
  • You must be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • You must not be in default of any other federal loan to qualify for federal aid.
  • Have completed a FAFSA for the academic year in which you are applying for the loan.

If the Federal Stafford Loan is not enough to cover your expenses, there is additional funding for which a graduate student can apply.  It is the Graduate PLUS Loan.  Before applying for this loan:

  • Please view more information about the Graduate PLUS Loan.
  • We recommend that students exhaust the Federal Stafford Loan first (a graduate student can receive up to $20,500 for one academic year).
  • Keep in mind that the Office of Financial Aid cannot process financial aid (grants, scholarships, assistantships, and loans) for more than the cost of education

Other types of Financial Aid

Graduate Students apply for a Graduate Assistantship to help fund their education in graduate school.  For more information, see the Graduate and Professional Studies webpage.

Graduate Students may also apply for Scholarships - please see our scholarship searches and tips on finding scholarships