Financial Aid: Graduate Students

Graduate Scholarship Applications & Information

    Graduate Scholarship Application

    All materials must be submitted by February 14, 2019.

    Academic Programs and Departments That Participate in This Scholarship Program

    • Art Department, except Sequential Art Program or Masters with a Masters Program
    • Biotechnology
    • Business and Managerial Science Programs (Online and distance education programs excluded
    • Criminal Justice
    • Health Services Administration
    • Interior Architecture
    • Nutrition Department(Online and distance education programs excluded)
    • Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science

    Graduate Scholarship Application Process

    1. File a Complete Admissions Application

    It is fully expected that each prospective student who is a scholarship applicant will have a complete admissions application on file with the Office of Graduate Admissions by February 14, 2019. The admissions application provides the supporting documentation necessary to evaluate a scholarship application. Acceptance into a graduate program is required in order to receive scholarship funds.

    2. Complete the Scholarship Application Electronically

    Apply for Scholarship

    If you declare full program participation on the scholarship application, you are expected to enroll in a minimum of nine credits in each of the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters.  In the event that your program defines full-time enrollment as something other than nine credits and you are awarded a full participation scholarship, you are expected to maintain a full-time credit load as defined by your department.  Full participation students who fail to maintain a full-time credit load will have their scholarship reduced for the semester(s) in question.

    If you declare partial program participation on the scholarship application, you are expected to maintain a minimum of six credits in each of the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters.  Partial program participation scholarship recipients who fail to meet this requirement in any given semester will have their scholarship rescinded.

    Scholarship Essay Requirements

    Please type an essay (300-500 words) clarifying the relationship between your life-goals and graduate education at Marywood. Your essay will also be judged on depth of expression and use of the English language. Your essay must clearly address the following areas:

    1. Describe your professional work background and experience.
    2. Describe your community leadership activities. Indicate if a volunteer activity.
    3. Describe any commendations and appreciation awards as well as undergraduate and graduate academic awards and honors.
    4. Describe any special projects, demonstrations, workshops, recitals, exhibits, or whatever may be appropriate to your area to indicate your abilities and interests.
    5. What are your short and long-range career goals and objectives?
    6. What attracted you to your Marywood program as a vehicle for achieving your goals?

    If you have any questions about completing these forms, please contact  gradscholarship@marywood.edu or call the Financial Aid Office at (570) 348-6225.

    Additional Information

    Students will be notified of the scholarship selection results in late April 2019. Scholarships may only be used to cover graduate tuition costs for the fall and spring semesters.  Scholarships may not be used for summer enrollment.

    Students awarded graduate assistantships for the 2019-2020 academic year who accept those positions are not eligible to receive scholarship awards as well.

    All scholarship applications from prospective students received after the close of business on February 14, 2019 will be considered as late applications. Marywood University will review these applications on a discretionary, funds available basis. Late scholarship applications from current students and prospective international students will not be funded.

    Neither scholarship awards nor assistantship awards are renewed automatically from year to year.

    It is the responsibility of the student to reapply each academic year.

    Ph.D. in Administration & Leadership Scholarship Application

    All materials must be submitted by April 15, 2019

    1. File a Complete Admissions Application 

    It is fully expected that each prospective student who is a scholarship applicant will have a complete admissions application on file with the Office of Graduate Admissions by the declared deadline. The admissions application provides the supporting documentation necessary to evaluate a scholarship application. Acceptance into the Ph.D. Program is a prerequisite to receiving scholarship funds.

    2. Complete the Scholarship Application Electronically

    Apply for Scholarship

    3. Complete the Scholarship Essay

    Please type an essay (300-500 words) reflecting on your educational goals and professional aims.

    If you have any questions about completing these forms, please contact the Financial Aid Office at gradscholarship@marywood.edu (570) 348-6225.

    Additional Information

    Scholarship selection results will be emailed in May. Scholarships are available for use beginning Fall semesters; they may only be used to defray the cost of tuition for Marywood courses.

    Students awarded graduate assistantships for the academic year who accept those positions are not eligible to receive scholarship awards as well.

    Marywood University will not award scholarships to students in the dissertation phase of the doctoral program or allow portions of previously awarded scholarships to defray the cost of dissertation credits.

    Neither scholarship nor assistantship awards are renewed automatically each year. It is the responsibility of the student to reapply each academic year.

    Social Work Scholarships

    The graduate admission application serves as the academic merit scholarship application for prospective graduate students to the MSW Degree Program in the School of Social Work. MSW Degree Program Merit Scholarships may only be garnered at the time of acceptance to the University.

    The departmental academic progress file serves as the scholarship application for current graduate students in the MSW Degree Program. There are no other documentation obligations for merit scholarship consideration for prospective and current MSW Degree Program graduate students.

    Prospective MSW Degree Program graduate students must have a complete admissions application on file with the Office of University Admissions by April 15, 2019, to receive consideration for a merit scholarship. Prospective students selected to receive a merit scholarship will be notified soon after they receive their admission acceptance packet.

    Counseling and Psychology Scholarships

    The graduate admission application serves as the scholarship application for prospective students for the masters-level Counseling Degree Programs, the masters-level Psychology Degree Programs, and the Ed.S. School Psychology Program at Marywood University. Prospective students should adhere closely to the admissions application deadline published by University Admissions to receive scholarship consideration.

    The Counseling and Psychology Department faculty will determine the scholarship eligibility of each prospective graduate student based on the materials submitted in the complete admissions application.  The primary criterion that will determine scholarship eligibility will be the cumulative undergraduate GPA.

    High participation and low participation merit scholarships will be available. The high participation level scholarships will require students to matriculate in 9 or more credits each fall and spring semester.  The low participation level scholarships will require students to matriculate in 6 or more credits each fall and spring semester. 

    The University will not make scholarship resources available to Ed.S. School Psychology Program students in the internship year of study.

    Scholarships are renewable each academic year if students remain in good academic standing.

    Psy.D. Clinical Psychology Scholarships

    The graduate admission application serves as the scholarship application for prospective doctoral students of the Clinical Psychology Program. The departmental academic progress file serves as the scholarship application for current doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology Program. There are no other documentation obligations for scholarship consideration for prospective and current doctoral students of the Clinical Psychology Program. 

    Prospective doctoral students of the Clinical Psychology Program should adhere closely to the graduate admission application deadline. Scholarship notification letters will be mailed electronically in May to both prospective and current doctoral students of the Clinical Psychology Program.

    Graduate Scholarship Policies

    Graduate students must be enrolled as matriculated students in a participating program in order to receive Marywood University scholarship funding. Endorsement programs, Educational Leadership certifications, English as a Second Language and enrichment classes are not eligible for University funded scholarships.

    Graduate students who are awarded a Graduate Assistantship are not eligible for a Marywood University scholarship during the same semester or academic year. Students who will benefit from any other form of tuition remission such as, but not limited to, the Marywood Diocesan Scholarship or Personnel Tuition Benefit, may not receive a Marywood University graduate scholarship during that same academic year.

    If a graduate scholarship recipient should need to withdraw from courses before the completion of a semester of study, Marywood University will recover institutional funds from the student in proportion to the percentage of tuition refunded for that semester. If the student decides to return to his or her studies in the future, he or she will be required to reapply for a scholarship.

    Recipients of a Marywood University graduate scholarship will be notified each year starting in mid to late April, immediately preceding the academic year for which the scholarship is intended.  Marywood graduate scholarships may only be used towards the cost of tuition and students are encouraged to consider the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan if financial aid is needed for other educational costs such as books, supplies, and housing.   Marywood graduate scholarships are for use during the fall and spring semesters and are not applicable for summer enrollment..


Steps to Submitting the FAFSA

Step 1: Complete Federal Tax Return as Soon as Possible After October 1

All students are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid.  In our experience, those families that do not apply for financial aid would often be eligible for some assistance. 

In addition, students who wish to borrow through the Federal Direct Loan Program must still complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

We recommend that you file your federal tax return(s) as soon as possible, so you can take advantage of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool will help you complete your FAFSA faster and more accurately. It is available for those who submit a FAFSA online and will allow you to pull parent (where applicable) and student (where applicable) tax-filing information directly from the IRS onto your FAFSA.

Note: If you are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will still find the FAFSA much easier to complete with complete federal tax return data.

The University's Title IV School Code to be used on the FAFSA is 003296.

You must renew your FAFSA each year.

For Returning Students

The FAFSA must be completed by April 15th for all students applying for need-based programs.

The financial aid review process for returning students begins upon the completion of the spring semester, at which time academic progress is evaluated.

Students who wish to borrow a Federal Direct Loan will automatically be reviewed for the loan.

Students' parents applying for a PLUS loan must renew the request annually by going through a credit check and requesting a new loan at www.studentloans.gov.   PLUS borrowers are encouraged to wait until July 1st to complete their PLUS application request.

Alternative/Private Loans must be reapplied for annually starting in June. Interested borrowers should go to www.elmselect.com for additional and comparative information on private education loan products. Apply for the PLUS and Alternative Loans for the full academic year.

Step 2: Create an FSA ID

  • All students completing a FAFSA need to create an FSA ID
  • If the student is a dependent student, at least one parent must also create an FSA ID.
  • Create an FSA ID.
  • The FSA ID is used to sign the FAFSA electronically each year.
  • The FSA ID is also used to:
    • Electronically sign Master Promissory Notes (MPN)
    • Review and correct information on the student’s Student Aid Report (SAR)
    • Print a copy of the SAR
    • Reapply for student aid every year, and
    • View information about federal loans and grants you have received.

Step 3: Submit the FAFSA

All students who wish to be considered for federal aid, state and institutional need-based financial aid must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

School Code: 003296

  • The FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA should be completed online as soon as possible after October 1 for the upcoming academic year.
  • The priority filing date for incoming freshmen to file the FAFSA is February 15th.
  • Students who submit the FAFSA by the priority filing date are given first consideration for all need-based assistance awarded and administered by the university.

Submit the FAFSA

Step 4: Check Your Email for FAFSA Results and Errors

If you provided a valid social security number and email address, you will receive an email notification with instructions for viewing and printing your Student Aid Report (SAR).  

The SAR is notification of your application and eligibility status and provides a means of correcting and confirming your application data.  If you did not provide a valid email address or a valid social security number a paper SAR will be mailed to you.

Check your SAR for accuracy and make sure that Marywood University is listed as a recipient of your information.  As long as Marywood University is listed as a recipient of your data, that information should be transmitted electronically to the institution for review.

Step 5: Submit Additional Requested Documentation Promptly

If you were selected for verification or other documentation has been requested by the Financial Aid Office, we strongly recommend that you respond within 14 days of the date of our request. 

Failure to do so could result in delays, reductions, and cancellation of your aid.  Some of the most common reasons for additional documentation requests include but are not limited to;

  • Verification
  • Selective service registration
  • Proof of social security number and/or date of birth
  • Veteran status or proof of citizenship 

Step 6: Submit the Scholarship Notification Form for Outside Scholarships

If you expect to receive any outside assistance or scholarships (any funding not administered by Marywood University and not on your Financial Aid Award Letter), you must report that aid to the Financial Aid Office immediately. Outside scholarships and assistance should be reported using the Scholarship Notification Form. 

Scholarship Nomination Form

Additional Information

Students enrolled on at least a half-time basis (at least 3 credits) in an eligible program may apply for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate Students.

Graduate Scholarships and Assistantships are available in select programs.

Graduate students are not eligible for federal and institutional need-based grants. As with undergraduate students, a graduate student is not eligible for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loans unless they are accepted into a graduate program as a matriculated student.  Students should contact the Graduate Admissions Office or their particular graduate departments for questions regarding their matriculated status.