Financial Aid Information
Gallaudet University and Federal Financial Aid Programs (Federal Stafford, PLUS, Perkins, Work Study, PELL Grants and SEOG Grants) may be used to cover on-line (telecommunications) courses with certain restrictions.
Students taking on-line courses during the regular, 15 week semester, may receive financial aid funding (if otherwise eligible); however the cost of education used to determine financial aid eligibility for on-line class funding will include tuition, fees, and books only.* Transportation costs, personal expenses, room, and board are not included in determining the amount of financial aid funding, and are not considered to be relevant costs associated with on-line study.* Students may choose to live in University housing while taking on-line study; however the expenses related to dorm residence will not be included in financial aid calculations. Adult Degree Program Students (ADP) taking on-line courses over 8 weeks must be enrolled for two consecutive sessions in order to be eligible for financial aid funding. See the following Section.
*Students enrolling for at least six credits per semester in their degree programs via resident (lecture) classes in combination with on-line classes will have their financial aid packaged with all applicable costs included (tuition, fees, books, room, board, transportation, and personal expenses). Adult Degree Program (ADP)
Students doing Degree Completion or participating in the Adult Liberal Studies (ALS) Degree Program may be considered for most types of institutional and federal need-based financial aid funds if they are enrolled at least half time (6 credits) in either one 8-week session, or over two consecutive 8-week sessions. The “semester” for ADP students is considered to be two 8-week sessions (or 16 weeks), during which at least 6 credits (or more) are attempted. Enrollment for at least 6 credits must be documented before financial aid eligibility can be established.
Students who wish to apply for financial aid are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) and the Gallaudet Institutional Financial Aid Application
(IFAA). Refer to Application Instructions for additional information. Students also should complete a Student Loan Request Form
if requesting a Direct Stafford Loan (and if enrolled at least half-time).
ADP students’ financial aid review will be based on the results of the FAFSA and other applications, and will consider the applicable costs for tuition, fees, and books/supplies.* Financial aid awarded will be disbursed directly to students’ university accounts as a credit to charges, and may be refunded to students if funds are greater than account charges. In the case of Stafford Loans, the disbursement(s) will be made after the drop deadline for students enrolled half-time (6 credits) for one 8-week session, or after the student has begun the second of two consecutive 8-week sessions.
Please note: any financial aid awarded for two consecutive sessions will be canceled if a student drops, withdraws, or otherwise does not “attend” the second 8-week session. Students who begin a session but later withdraw may have their financial aid reduced or canceled, based on the date of withdrawal. To get the above forms and other information pertaining to financial aid, please review the financial aid website
*Online study costs do not include living expenses, travel, or personal expenses.