Graduate Students

Graduate Students

The information on this page is for students in a Graduate Program and seeking their Master's or Doctoral Degree ONLY! The information contained on this page does not apply to students in an Undergraduate or Post-Baccalaureate Certification students.

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Applying for Financial Aid and Common FAFSA Mistakes

Financial Aid Eligibility

Other types of Financial Aid

Tuition and Billing

Applying for Financial Aid and Common FAFSA Mistakes

In order to be considered for federal aid, you must complete the FAFSA application online at fafsa.ed.gov.

Before you complete the FAFSA application, please read the information below to help guide you through answering some of the FAFSA questions that many students entering the Post-Baccalaureate Program have difficulty answering. Not answering these FAFSA questions accurately may delay the processing of your financial aid.

Question 29:

What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin the school year?

Choose the option: Graduate or professional degree

Question 30:

What will your college grade level be when you begin the school year?

Choose either: 1st-year graduate/professional OR continuing graduate/professional or beyond

Question 48:

At the beginning of the school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD, graduate certificate, etc.)?

You should answer: YES to this question if you have been admitted into a Master's degree-seeking program.

      • 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.

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Financial Aid Eligibility

To be eligible for federal aid, Graduate Students must meet all general federal aid eligibility requirements. In addition:

    • Students seeking a Graduate 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.
    • Post-Baccalaureate Certification Students are eligible for Federal Direct Loans, which is a guaranteed student loan.  For more information, please see the Federal Direct Student Loans section.
        • As a Graduate Student, you are eligible for up to $20,500 in an Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan per academic year (including Summer, Fall, Spring terms).  
        • 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 by contacting the Office of Financial Aid at 717-871-5100.
        • Graduate students cannot exceed $138,500 of the total amount borrowed in Federal Direct Loans for any undergraduate degree or graduate degree (this includes any amounts borrowed for your initial bachelor's degree, Post-Baccalaureate Certification, Graduate Programs, etc.
    • In order to be eligible to receive Federal Direct Loans:
        • You must have a FAFSA on file
        • You must be enrolled for at least 6 credits in a degree-seeking program each term to qualify for the Federal Direct Loan.
        • You must be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress.
        • You must not be in default of any other federal loan to qualify for federal aid.

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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 web page.

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

If the Federal Direct 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 for more than the cost of education

Private/Alternative Loans are also available through outside lenders. For more information, please see the section regarding Private/Alternative Loans and general requirements.

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Tuition and Billing

For more information about Millersville University's billing, please see the Office of Student Accounts (OSA).

For tuition costs per semester, please see the Graduate Tuition Costs.  All Graduate students are charged at the graduate rate per credit, regardless of the number of credits enrolled. 

Please see our cost of education website for information regarding costs for Graduate students (for financial aid purposes only).

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