Tuition & Financial Aid

The minimum tuition cost is $28,800 for 18 credit hours (view current graduate tuition rates for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences).

The Department of Education has recently approved federal financial aid for the GCATS program beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year. GCATS students who wish to apply for federal aid must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online at, federal Entrance Counseling and appropriate MPNs on, and GW’s supplemental Graduate Loan Questionnaire available on the Office of Student Financial Assistance website. Complete application instructions are found on the Graduate Loan Questionnaire.

The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is available to GCATS students who meet federal eligibility requirements. The majority of students do qualify for the maximum Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan of $20,500. Those students who need additional money to finance their educational costs can apply for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Students who do not meet Federal Direct Loan requirements can apply for a private alternative loan.

When completing the 2015-2016 FASFA application, students should provide the following answers:

Question How you should answer
When you begin the 2015-2016 school year, what will be your grade level? 1st year graduate/professional
When you begin the 2015-2016 school year, what degree or certificate will you be working on? Certificate or Diploma (occupational, technical or education program of less than two years)
At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, will you be working on a master’s or doctorate program (such as an M.A., M.B.A., M.D., J.D., Ph.D., Ed.D., graduate certificate, etc.)? Yes
The GW School code for the FASFA 001444

Prior to matriculating into the program, GCATS students are highly encouraged to consult the GW Office of Student Financial Assistance website for more information.