Many full-time graduate students receive tuition and fellowship support from their departments. Part-time graduate students may be eligible for tuition benefits through their employers. Student loans and work-study options are available to help with tuition and personal expenses. This page is your go-to resource for everything you need to know about what types of aid Hopkins offers to our graduate students.

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Finding scholarships

Some scholarships come directly from your graduate department, some you have to apply for separately through private sources. The University recommends that students apply for other scholarship and fellowship funds which may be available through outside sources: the state or federal government, private donors, and corporations.

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Put your skills to work to help pay for college

Graduate education is a significant personal and professional investment in your future. Johns Hopkins University supports its graduate students through a variety of mechanisms.  In most Ph.D. programs, full-time students are fully-funded for a minimum of five years. During that time, students may receive a funding package that includes a twelve-month stipend to cover living expenses, full cost of tuition, and health insurance. Programs which are exceptions articulate their policies clearly on their own websites.

The major types of funding available to Ph.D. students are: Fellowships, Teaching Assistantships, and Research Assistantships.


Loans are an important component of your financial aid package

Loans are financial aid that must be paid back within a specified period of time after a student graduates, leaves college or falls below half-time enrollment. Hopkins participates in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. The U.S. Department of Education makes these loans, through Hopkins, directly to the student for educational expenses. There are two types of loans that graduate students can apply for: the Federal Unsubsidized Loan and Graduate PLUS Loan.


Need-based Awards

Grants are gifts that do not have to be repaid. The amount of grant depends on your financial need.

Note: Current recipients of the Bloomberg Scholarship and Hopkins Academic Success Award will continue to receive these awards for the remainder of their undergraduate career based on continued financial need.

Tuition Waivers

Tuition Benefits

Tuition Benefits often come in the form of direct grants or waivers to reduce or eliminate tuition and fees. Examples include employer benefits, military tuition assistance, and veterans education benefits.

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Additional Sources

There are many other ways to help pay for college

Employer Tuition Benefits Many employers offer tuition benefits, including tuition remission. Consult with your employer’s human resources office for more information. Veterans Benefits Johns Hopkins is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission for the training of veterans and the widows and children of deceased veterans under the provisions of the various federal laws pertaining to veterans’ educational benefits.  Information about veterans’ benefits is available at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Hopkins participates in all veteran programs, including Yellow Ribbon and the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

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