Learn the ropes of our financial aid application process...

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov prior to the start of the student's academic program. The federal school code for Saint Mary's is 001302.

      The FAFSA is the only form needed to apply for graduate financial aid.

While you are completing the FAFSA

  2.  Go to www.studentloans.gov and complete

  • Graduate Entrance Counseling
  • Subsidized/Unsubsidized Master Promissory Note

  3.  Additional funding available if needed

  • Graduate PLUS (up to cost of attendance minus Direct Loan of $20,500):      www.studentloans.gov

PLUS Application (credit based loan with option to add an endorser)

Complete PLUS Master Promissory Note

Eligibility of these loans are based on completing the FAFSA and enrolling in a degree program based on at least half time status.

  4.  Private loans

      • credit based loans through private lending institutions that can be applied for through www.elmselect.com
      • Do not require a FAFSA and certain lenders will offer a loan for students enrolled less than half time

Determining Graduate Course Load:

School of Economics and Business

  • Half time status is defined as 4 units per quarter
  • Full-time status is defined as 8 units per quarter

School of Education

Graduate Students

  • Half-time is defined as 3 units in Summer, 5 units in Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Full-time is defined as 6 units in Summer, 9 units in Fall and Spring semesters.

Credential Only Students

  • Half-time is defined as 3 units in Summer, 6 units in Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Full-time is defined as 6 units in Summer, 12 units in Fall and Spring semesters.

Masters in Kinesiology

  • Half-time is defined as 3 units in Summer, 5 units in Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Full-time is defined as 6 units in Summer, 9 units in Fall, and Spring semesters.

Master of Fine Arts

  • Half-time is defined as 5 units in Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Full-time is defined as 9 units in Fall and Spring semesters.

Masters in Leadership

  • Half-time is defined as 6 units per trimester.
  • Full-time is defined as 12 units per trimester.    

Contact the Financial Aid Office at (925) 631-4370 for assistance.

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