Graduates

Graduate students must apply for financial aid by completing a new FAFSA each year. The Financial Aid Office is prepared to guide graduate students seeking guidance with financial aid. Please contact us or visit the office to ask for assistance.

How to Apply for Aid

  1. Create an FSA ID. The FSA ID-both a username and password-has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used by students and parents to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. Click here to create an ID.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal State Aid (FAFSA) using Gallaudet University's school code 001443. It is important to list your correct name and Social Security number, and birthday. For a paper copy of the FAFSA, request one online or call 1-800-4-FEDAID.

    The FAFSA will provide a section to input tax information. If income taxes are filed, you may be prompted to transfer IRS data to the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. However, if you are waiting to file taxes, do not wait to file the FAFSA. Use estimates and educated approximations and once taxes are filed, go back and amend the FAFSA. Failure to follow through with this revision could cause your FAFSA to be rejected. When completing the FAFSA, make sure you use information from the correct federal income tax return (1040EZ, 1040A, or 1040).
  3. Complete the IFAA (REQUIRED). To be considered for additional grants and scholarships that demonstrate financial need, you must complete the Institutional Financial Aid Application (IFAA) through your BISON account. Completing the IFAA does not guarantee eligibility for scholarships, but it ensures that you will be in the pool for consideration for all scholarships for which you are eligible. Gallaudet University provides the IFAA as an all-in-one consolidated scholarship application.

Next Steps

Additional documents may be required to be considered for need-based grants and scholarships at Gallaudet University. Examples of documents include supplemental forms, copies of tax returns and/or other pertinent materials. When additional documents are required, the Financial Aid Office will contact you by email. You can also log into your BISON account to view a list of needed documents. Please submit the requested forms to the Financial Aid Office. If you have more questions about this process, please contact us.

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Aid Application Deadlines

It is important to remember that you should not wait before applying for financial aid. You may apply for financial aid even before acceptance or admission to Gallaudet University. In order to receive financial aid, you must be registered at least half-time for Spring/Fall classes at Gallaudet. If you have not completed a FAFSA for the current year, you must complete it now in order to apply for financial aid. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.

Enrolling Fall 2016 Term

If you are applying to attend Gallaudet in the Fall term, complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA and 2017 IFAA.

June 1 Priority Deadline: The Gallaudet University Office of Financial Aid must receive a valid FAFSA by this date to consider you for all aid programs. Give yourself plenty of time to apply so that we receive your records on time.

The Office of Financial Aid will accept applications after the deadline.

Enrolling Spring 2017 Term

If you are applying to attend Gallaudet in the Spring term, complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA and 2017 IFAA .

November 1 Priority Deadline: The Gallaudet University Office of Financial Aid must receive a valid FAFSA by this date to consider you for all aid programs. Give yourself plenty of time to apply so that we receive your records on time.

The Office of Financial Aid will accept applications after the deadline.

Enrolling Summer 2017 Term

If you are applying to attend Gallaudet in the Summer term, complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA and 2017 Summer IFAA .

May 15 Priority Deadline: The Gallaudet University Office of Financial Aid must receive a valid FAFSA by this date to consider you for all aid programs. Give yourself plenty of time to apply so that we receive your records on time. Keep in mind that financial aid for the summer is very little. If you apply after the deadline date, resources may be unavailable.

The Office of Financial Aid will not accept applications after the deadline.

Scholarships

University Scholarships

Students are considered for most scholarships upon admission to Gallaudet. With the IFAA, students no longer have to apply for individual scholarships separately as it provides an all-in-one application to the university scholarships. Financial Aid Office encourages students to apply for admission early to receive equal consideration. You must complete a FAFSA to be reviewed for scholarships that are awarded to students with financial need.

Other sources may provide scholarships that you may be eligible for. Financial Aid Office encourages you to explore and apply for any scholarships from any sources for which you are eligible. Gallaudet departments administer their own scholarships and some may require a separate application. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Private Scholarships

Conduct your search for private scholarships as early as possible. If you have received aid such as departmental awards or private scholarships from sources other than the Financial Aid Office, it is your responsibility to find out when to reapply for funds and the application requirements and deadlines are for those aid programs. Contact the source or organization making the award.