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Financial Aid

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Gallaudet University makes every effort to provide financial aid to students who are able to demonstrate that they are in need of assistance to continue their education on a postsecondary level.

With the exception of grant-in-aid and Gallaudet scholarships, (which are limited to regular full-time, degree-seeking students), financial aid is awarded to students who are degree-seeking and who are eligible for Title IV programs.

Financial assistance is based on the following calculation:

  • Student Cost of Attendance
    • minus (-) student/family contribution (EFC)
    • minus (-) other outside resources
  • equals (=) financial need for which aid may be awarded

The student/family contribution is calculated using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is a standard method of determining contributions from taxable and nontaxable income and assets. All applicants for financial aid through Gallaudet must submit both the Gallaudet Institutional Financial Aid Application (IFAA) and the FAFSA. The FAFSA also serves as an application for a Federal Pell Grant.

Parents and students may obtain estimates on college costs, savings plans and expected family contribution and other financial information at: (external website, not affiliated with Gallaudet University)

Educational Costs

The purpose of financial aid is to assist in covering educational costs. Costs include tuition, fees, room, books, board, transportation, and an average allowance for personal expenses (for the period of time the student is enrolled). Financial aid is not intended to meet all living costs and students need to be prepared to meet their own non-educational living needs while they attend school. The maximum financial aid cost of attendance for the 2016-2017 academic year is $36,218.00 for undergraduate students and $42,376.00 for graduate students. Financial aid from all sources cannot exceed this amount.


Prospective students may apply for financial aid; however review of financial aid applications will occur only after admission is granted. Currently enrolled students can obtain financial aid applications, during the spring semester, for the following academic year at the Financial Aid Office or online (see below).

Initial Award Notifications are mailed to each applicant regarding the decisions made on his or her application. Revised award notices and all other Financial Aid notices are sent via campus email. Awards also may be viewed by accessing BISON (

All applications for financial aid may be accessed online at

Application Deadlines

The Financial Aid Office accepts applications at any time before or during the academic year; however there are priority deadlines that are enforced for the awarding of any institutional grants and scholarships. For the 2016-2017 academic year, these priority deadlines are July 1, 2016, and January 12, 2017. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis; so it is important to apply long before the priority deadlines. Institutional funds may be exhausted before the priority deadline dates.

Applications received after the priority deadline dates will be reviewed for federal grant, federal work study (FWS), and federal loan eligibility (if a loan request has been made).

Financial Aid Eligibility

In order to establish eligibility for Title IV Programs, such as Federal Pell Grant, Federal College Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Perkins Loans, and Federal (subsidized and unsubsidized) Stafford Loans, a student must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at Gallaudet. The student must meet the requirements of U.S. citizenship. With the exception of unsubsidized Stafford, Grad PLUS, and Parent PLUS loans, all of the federal programs are need-based.

In order to receive assistance from these programs, the student must:

  • Be making satisfactory progress toward the completion of a degree in his or her field of study.
  • Not be in default on a Perkins or Stafford Loan.
  • Not owe repayment on a Pell Grant or Perkins Loan.
  • Must not have met lifetime limits for Pell Grants or loans.
Eligibility for University and Federal Aid Programs
PELL x x x x x x x
FSEOG x x x x x x x
FWS x x x x x x x
PERKINS x x x x x x x
STAFFORD x x x x x x x
Parent PLUS x x x x x x
GRAD PLUS x x x x x x
Grant-In-Aid x x x x x x
SCHOL x x x x x x x
UG Undergraduate Student P/T Less than 6 credit hrs
GRD Graduate Student (Master's/Ph.D.) REPAY Aid is a loan and must be repaid
U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen GIFT Aid does NOT require repayment
INT'L International student DEG Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program
F/T Full-time student (12 hrs. UG, 9 hrs. Grd) SPEC Not degree-seeking, or non-degree credits - not eligible for any financial aid
H/T At least 6 cr. hrs
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