MALS SCHOLARSHIP

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program has a limited number of scholarships available to students on a first come – first served basis. Students must apply each semester, and provide financial documentation. Scholarships are need based, and limited funds are available for scholarship assistance. Applications must be received one month prior to the start of classes in which the student is applying. More information can be obtained through the MALS Office.

 

VETERANS AFFAIRS/ GI BILL

Applicants who are eligible for the GI Bill education benefit should contact the University Veteran’s Affairs Office.

Ms. Esther Fernandez, Supervisor, Veteran’s Affairs 305-284-6413     e.m.b.fernandez@miami.edu

FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS

American Association of University Women
All women are eligible to apply for the fellowships offered by this organization. Fellowships include American Fellowships, Career Development Grants, Selected Professions Fellowships, University Scholar-in-Residence Community Action Grants and International Fellowships. Applications are available online aauw.org.

University of Miami Yellow Ribbon Grant
The University of Miami will award Yellow Ribbon Grants for eligible graduate students for the 2013-2014 academic year. Yellow Ribbon Grant applications must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. All information is located on the application.

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

Federal Work Study (FWS), including Community Service Work Study (CSFWS), is a federally funded financial aid program awarded to students based on their eligibility determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other financial aid criteria. Funding for this program is limited. Students are awarded a specific amount, and the federal government subsidizes the wages to the employer. Jobs may be with on-campus departments or with off-campus community service agencies. For more information on financial aid and applying for FWS, contact the Office of Financial Assistance Services at 305-284-5212.

LOANS

Federal Perkins Loan
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for this need-based loan. This low-interest loan has a $6,000 annual limit. Repayment begins nine months after graduation or when a student drops below half-time enrollment.

Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan

The FAFSA is required for this need-based loan. This low-interest loan has an $8,500 annual limit. Repayment begins six months after graduation or when a student drops below half-time enrollment. Students are given 10 years to repay the loan under the standard payment plan.

Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan
A FAFSA is required to receive this loan. It is not need based. Students can borrow $8,500 annually. The interest rate is fixed and repayment begins six months after graduation or when a student drops below half-time enrollment. Students are given 10 years to repay the loan under the standard payment plan.

Additional Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
A FAFSA is required to receive this loan. It is not need based. As of July 1, 2007, the annual limit for this loan is $12,000. The interest rate is fixed and repayment begins six months after graduation or when a student drops below half-time enrollment. Students are given 10 years to repay the loan under the standard payment plan.

Grad Plus
A FAFSA is required to receive this loan. It is not need based. Students may borrow up to the total annual cost of attendance less other financial assistance. The interest rate is fixed at 8.5 percent. Repayment begins six months after graduation or when a student drops below half-time enrollment.

Alternative Education Loans
A FAFSA is not required for these loans. Students may borrow up to the total annual cost of attendance less other financial assistance. The interest rates are variable based on the borrower‟s credit score.

Short Term Loans
Short Term Loans are available for currently enrolled graduate students who have a need (i.e., books, rent and meals) for an advance. The limit is $500 with no more than one outstanding loan at any given time. For more information, contact the Graduate School at (305) 284-4154.

Visit the Graduate School website for more on student funding sources.