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Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Applying for Financial Aid

You must meet all of the basic eligibility requirements and complete the steps below to be considered for financial aid at Eastern Washington University.

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Once admitted to the graduate program, or while in the application process, prospective students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Be sure to file the correct FAFSA for the correct school year. At EWU, our school year runs from fall quarter through the following summer quarter.

Use the 2012-2013 FAFSA if applying for fall 2012 through summer 2013.  The last day to file a 2012-2013 FAFSA is June 30, 2013.

Use the 2013-2014 FAFSA if applying for fall 2013 through summer 2014.  The last day to file a 2013-2014 FAFSA is June 30, 2014.

New Applicants: The FAFSA is available beginning each January at FAFSA on the Web. The information of the FAFSA is analyzed by the Federal Processor and returned to EWU electronically if you list EWU as one of the receiving schools. Eastern Washington University's School Code is 003775.

Renewal Applicants: If you have a FAFSA on file for the previous year, you can use your PIN to pre-fill certain data elements on your application for the current year and then complete the remainder of the application. As above, use FAFSA on the Web to complete this process.

Graduate Assistant Positions

Graduate assistant positions in the MPA program present a valuable opportunity for students to help fund their education. These positions provide an in-state tuition waiver and require about 20 hours of work per week.

The duties vary each year depending on the faculty members' research projects and the administrative support needed by the program office. Typical duties include: assisting faculty members with their research, assisting the director with office/administrative tasks (e.g., website maintenance, Facebook and Linked-In updates, program newsletter, data collection, and photocopying). We look for people who have academic and office skills, i.e., those who: 1) know how to do research, 2) write well, 3) can gather data from files and organize it in a useful fashion, 4) are reliable and punctual, and 5) are able to work independently, but have no trouble following directions. We will also ask applicants about their knowledge and experience with various software programs and website management.

Appointments are normally made in mid-July for the upcoming academic year. This means that the applicant should be available for an interview sometime in the first half of July.

Recipients must retain full-time graduate student status throughout the term of service-usually one academic year.

Graduate Service Appointment Application


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