Financial Aid for Graduate Online Students

Students interested in the University's online degree programs are eligible to receive either federal or private educational loans to assist them in financing their education.

To qualify for federal funds students must:

  • Be matriculated in a degree granting program
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or eligible non-citizen as defined by the FAFSA
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Complete the Quinnipiac University Financial Aid Application
  • Not have defaulted on any Federal student loan
  • Be enrolled in at least 5 credits per semester - half-time (for instance, taking one 3-credit course in August (fall) and is registered for another 3-credit course in October (fall), to be considered registered for 6 credits for the fall semester)

Students are eligible to receive a Federal Direct Stafford Loan or a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan if registered at least half-time. Learn more about graduate loans.

Note: Returning students are required to be registered for at least 5 credits prior to receiving their award package. If a student does not wish to register for the 5 credits prior to the start of the semester, the credits will not be awarded in advance. Once a student is registered for the required number of credits, the student may contact our office to have his or her file activated for processing.

Private Alternative Loans

Students may consider applying for an alternative loan if:

  • They are only taking one course per term
  • Enrolled in a certificate program or non-matriculated
  • Need additional funds besides the Federal Direct Stafford loan
  • Not a U.S. citizen

These educational loans are credit-based loans and may require a co-signer. Visit our private alternative page for additional information.

Note: If you are only taking one course per term, keep in mind as you research the alternative loans you will need to find a loan for students who are considered "less than half-time".

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