Graduate Student Financial Aid
At Gallaudet, the three primary categories of aid to graduate students are:

1) federal programs,
2) University programs, and
3) outside sources of assistance.

Gallaudet's Office of Financial Aid, located in Chapel Hall, has all the information you need about qualifying for, applying for, and receiving financial aid.

And check out the bottom of this page to be sure to find out WHEN TO START looking for financial aid for Graduate School.


From the Academic Departments
Many departments offer students assistance in the form of tuition scholarships or assistantships that provide a monthly stipend. Departments choose outstanding candidates from their applicant pool. Applicants should inform the department to which they are applying of their interest in being considered for an award.

From the Graduate School
At the end of the school year, the Graduate School and the academic departments recognize outstanding students at Hooding and Awards ceremony. The following list includes some of the monetary honors that have been awarded at past Hooding Ceremonies:

  • Marjorie Stull Memorial Scholarship
  • Daniel T. Cloud Award
  • Helen Fay Award
  • Philip J. Schmitt Award
  • Cassandra Ketterer Award
  • Thomas J. Landers Award
  • Seltzer League Award
  • Interpretation Research Award
  • Outstanding Linguistics Award
  • Ron Coffey Award
  • Elizabeth Peet
  • Larry G. Stewart Award
  • G. Arlene Gavin Award
  • Catherine H. Moses Award
  • Research Writing Award
  • Graduate Student Achievement Award
  • Jennie and Geri Werdig Award

From the Gallaudet Research Institute
Through the Small Grants Program, students may request up to $2,500 to support research projects intended to satisfy degree or course requirements. []


You can optimize your search for financial aid by learning to use various Internet search engines and by visiting Applications and Other Useful Links provided by the Office of Financial Aid. Please note that not all of the sites listed on that website are graduate student-related.


The first step in seeking financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form must be completed to apply for many types of financial aid. This application can be found at or obtained from our Financial Aid Office.

Prospective graduate students seeking financial aid from Gallaudet must apply for admission before any financial aid is awarded. As soon as your program application is complete, you can begin the financial aid application process. (Graduate Special Students are not eligible for federal aid or Gallaudet's scholarships/stipends.)

At Gallaudet, you must also complete the Gallaudet Institutional Financial Aid Application (IFAA) and Scholarship Application found at

Individual student awards (for any type of aid) are made only after all necessary materials are received. Be sure and let your department know that you are interested. The awarding process for the fall semester begins in April.

We encourage you to explore the many scholarship, grant, loan, and work-study options available.

The information included here is not comprehensive, but is provided to give basic information about some of the financial resources that are available for graduate study.



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