At Webster, we understand that funding your graduate degree is an important decision, one we don't take lightly. Making an investment in yourself is the key to success and we are here to help.

We are ranked first among all public and nonprofit private universities in the country for conferring graduate degrees to the most diverse degree-seeking student population, and first for having the most diverse graduate student population in the state of Missouri, according to the annual Diverse Issues in Higher Education “Top 100 Degree Producers” survey.

Step 1: Apply

Advance your career today! Apply to Webster.

Step 2: FAFSA

Complete the FAFSA application and designate Webster as a recipient with Title IV code 002521.

Step 3: Financing

Secure a federal student loan, search and apply for scholarships, and other funding sources.

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Answering Your FAFSA Questions

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The FAFSA must be completed to apply for either the Direct Stafford Loan or Graduate PLUS Loan, as well as any scholarships. Also, the FAFSA must be completed each year you plan to receive financial aid.

Webster's Guide to Fill Out the FAFSA covers the appeals process, common errors, and frequently asked questions.

How to Secure Graduate Financial Aid

If you have already been admitted to a Webster University graduate program and have completed your FAFSA, your next step will be to submit Webster's Graduate Financial Aid Form. From the time you submit your FAFSA and your Webster University Graduate Financial Aid Form, you should hear from the office within two weeks. If you do not hear anything, contact the Financial Aid Office or review your Connections Account.

Student Loan Options

Direct Unsubsidized Loans are non-need-based loans and are available to eligible undergraduate and graduate students. Repayment of principal is postponed while the student is in school and during a six-month grace period after the student leaves school or drops below half-time status. The interest on Unsubsidized Direct Loans while the student is in school is the borrower's responsibility to repay. These loans are made by a lender, such as a bank, credit union or savings and loan association; are insured by a state or nonprofit guarantee agency; and are reinsured by the federal government. Additionally, these loans:

  • are available to students who do not qualify, in whole or in part, for Subsidized Stafford Loans;
  • have terms that are the same as the terms for subsidized loans, except that the federal government does not pay any interest on the borrower's behalf;
  • may either accrue interest while the student is in school and then be added to the loan balance, or the borrower may begin making interest payments after the first loan check is disbursed;
  • accrue interest during the borrower's grace period and during authorized periods of deferment of repayment.

Graduate PLUS Loans allow graduate students to borrow funds up to the student's cost of attendance.

Private Education Loans are not state, federal, or institutional aid programs. Instead, they are loan programs specifically tailored for educational expenses by private lenders. Since these programs are created by the lenders themselves, there are often different terms & conditions for receiving them. Interest rates, fees, and maximum loan amounts are among the many factors that may vary from lender to lender. We strongly encourage students to borrow first from the Federal Loan Programs. With the use of a survey process, we developed a recommended lender list, allowing our students to compare Private Alternative Education Loan Lenders.

Students Must Complete the FAFSA and Webster's Graduate Financial Aid Application Each Academic Year

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Specific Questions about Graduate Financial Aid

Contact your admission representative to check on that information.

The primary funding source for graduate students is through federal student loan programs. While Webster does offer a limited number of scholarships, we encourage interested graduate students to utilize other funding sources, which offer available graduate scholarships.

Scholarship Options for Graduate Students

The primary funding source for graduate students is through federal student loan programs. While Webster does offer a limited number of scholarships, we encourage interested graduate students to utilize other funding sources, which offer available graduate scholarships.

Students who earned their bachelor's degree from one of Webster's St. Louis-area campuses (Old Post Office/Downtown, St. Louis Home Campus, West Port, and Winghaven) with a minimum of 3.3 GPA and pursues a graduate degree at one of the St. Louis area campuses may be eligible.

  • Value: $2,000 (limited)
  • Need-based
  • U.S. citizen students: FAFSA and Graduate Webster Financial Aid Application required
  • International students: Financial Assessment Form and Graduate Webster Financial Aid Application required
  • Awarded on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Applied in $500 increments for four consecutive terms
  • Enrollment is required in consecutive terms from earning a bachelor's degree to beginning a master's degree
  • Students who graduate in the spring semester may begin their master's degree in the following summer or fall
  • Staff/faculty receiving the tuition remission benefit are not eligible

Contact: Sarah Nandor at nandor@webster.edu

In response to the economic slowdown and its impact on international students who are planning to start their graduate programs in 2021, Webster University is offering 15-20% limited period scholarships to all international graduate students who apply for the 2021-22 Academic Year. You will be auto automatically assessed for this scholarship and no additional application is required.

  • Value: 15-20% of tuition fee
  • Contact your admission counselor
  • Deadline is awarded at the time of admission
  • Available to students applying to the St. Louis, Missouri campuses
  • Orlando campus students may be considered for a limited period

TEACH grants may be available for either undergraduate or graduate students who intend to teach specific subjects at qualified schools upon graduation (see link below). Students may receive up to $4,000 per academic year in exchange for an agreement to teach in specific schools and subject areas after graduation. It is important to note that if a student should fail to fulfill the requirements of the Agreement To Serve (ATS), the TEACH grant will be converted to an unsubsidized loan.

 

Study Abroad Scholarships for Graduate Students

Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking students who have completed at least one term of study at the Webster University home campus in St. Louis or at one of the University’s domestic extended campus locations.

Applicants must be in good academic standing. Scholarship funds can be awarded for a term, semester, or year abroad with a minimum award of $1,000. A complete application will include the online application, a statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation.

Applicants must be undergraduate (sophomore, junior or senior) or graduate degree-seeking students. All applicants must be enrolled in a Webster University sponsored study abroad program, short-term global hybrid course, international practicum, internship or international service learning program.

Scholarship consideration will be given based on the quality of essay, academic standing and financial need.

This scholarship is for undergraduate and/or graduate students who are United States citizens and must be enrolled at Webster University at the time of the proposed travel and study. Applicants must be studying abroad in Japan for a minimum of 16 weeks. Awards may be used for tuition or travel expenses.

A complete application will include the online application, a statement of purpose and recommendation letter.

Applicants must be full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students who plan to study abroad at any Webster University campus and plan to study abroad for one or two terms. All applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 in all coursework completed at Webster.

Undergraduate applicants must have attained sophomore, junior or senior status with at least 30 semester credit hours in residence at Webster University. Graduate applicants must have completed 12 credit hours at Webster University.

Priority is given to undergraduates who plan to spend one semester or longer at a Webster international campus. A complete application will include the online application, a statement of purpose, a letter of recommendation and an unofficial transcript. Applicants must apply online by the appropriate deadline in order to be considered. Awards are competitive and amounts vary.

This scholarship is open to any undergraduate or graduate, full-time, degree-seeking student at Webster Ghana or in Webster programs delivered in Uzbekistan who will study abroad at Webster St. Louis for a term or longer.

To be eligible, students must be in good social, financial and academic standing with the University. Preference will be given to students with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

Applicants must apply online by the appropriate deadline to be considered and must submit a scholarship essay and one recommendation. Awards are competitive and the average amount will be $1,500. The scholarship will supplement the cost of tuition, housing, health insurance, textbooks or meal plans.

 

Military and First Responder Scholarship Opportunities for Graduate Students

The Webster University USA Scholarship is available to qualified military dependents, civil service employees, and federal contract workers when enrolled in on-base, in-classroom courses. This was expanded for dependents to include classes at all locations and online in Spring 2021. The scholarship awards the difference between our military and civilian tuition rates so that your “net tuition” equals that of our active duty military. The scholarship applies to courses at the undergraduate, undergraduate completion and graduate levels at any Webster University military campus.

Eligibility, Tuition and Scholarship Information

Qualified military dependents, civil service employees, and federal contract workers are qualified for the USA Scholarship as described in the section above. The scholarship awards the difference between Webster's military and civilian tuition rates so that your “net tuition” equals that of active duty military.

Flat fee degree programs are excluded; Undergraduate Flat fee, Conservatory, Global MA International Relations, MA International Nongovernmental Organizations, and MS Nurse Anesthesia. No military rate is offered for these programs. Additionally, the Scholarship “net tuition rate” is not retroactive to previous terms of enrollment.

Contact oma@webster.edu for more information.

The first responder tuition rate is our normal Metro campus tuition rates, but all students are eligible to receive a First Responder Scholarship, which essentially reduces your “net tuition” to equal that of Webster's active duty military students. The program is available to qualified first responders who are undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at any U.S. campus or online. Flat fee degree programs are excluded, including undergraduate flat fee, Conservatory, Global MA International Relations, MA International Nongovernmental Organizations, and Nurse Anesthesia. Additionally, the scholarship is not retroactive to previous terms of enrollment.

First responder organizations with the potential for 20 to 25 students may qualify for a cohort group, available in the classroom, online, or in a combination of the two.

First Responder Definition:

First responders are defined as those deployed to emergencies, natural disasters, bioterrorism attacks and terrorist attacks. Qualified first responders include:

  • State and local police officers and sheriffs
  • Firefighters
  • EMT/paramedics
  • Registered nurses or physicians working in emergency room settings

If your current role is not covered by the above definition, but you feel you serve as a first Responder, you can submit an appeal and supporting documentation demonstrating First Responder responsibilities to:

Office of the Dean for Military Campuses and Online Learning
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood
St. Louis, MO 63119

You may also scan and email documentation, attn: First Responder Appeal, to oma@webster.edu

Education Partnership with NMFA

Webster University’s NMFA Military Spouse Scholarship offers our NMFA verified students a “net” tuition that matches our most preferred military tuition rates for military spouses at both in-classroom and online courses and degree programs. This partnership with National Military Family Association supports Webster University’s continued commitment to our military.

NMFA, founded in 1969, is the leading nonprofit organization focusing on issues important to military families. It oversees several programs, one of which is to offer scholarships and form educational partnerships with elite universities like Webster University that allow verified military spouses to receive a high-quality education at our most preferred tuition rate (via the University’s NMFA Scholarship).

NMFA Military Spouse Education Benefits

  • Military spouses can save tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket tuition expenses.
  • A quality education enhances spouses' employment prospects and ability to contribute to their families' financial well-being.
  • It's easy to apply and Webster's academic advising team will help you achieve your goals.

The NMFA Military Spouse Scholarship yields a “net” rate that is the same offered to active duty military, selected reserve, and National Guard military students. The reduced tuition is available to qualified military spouses who are undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at any U.S. campus or online courses. Flat fee degree programs are excluded from the program: undergraduate flat fee, Conservatory, Global MA International Relations, MA International Nongovernmental Organizations, and MS Nurse Anesthesia. The tuition rate is not retroactive to previous terms of enrollment. For eligibility determination or any other questions, please contact the Office of Military Affairs.

To be eligible for this program and tuition rates, you must register for NMFA's partner scholarships and confirm your military spouse affiliation by emailing: scholarships@militaryfamily.org.

Partnering with the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots) to allow military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty is one of the ways Webster can honor those who have died defending our country. Fallen Patriots is dedicated to serving the families of combat casualties and military training accidents as well as other duty-related deaths, cover all branches of the armed forces, and cover suicides and illness if VA rules the death was in the line of duty.

An undergraduate student who attends Webster University’s home campus in St Louis, Missouri, as a full-time student (minimum 13 credit hours/semester). Additionally, any Fallen Patriots graduate student who enrolls at any U.S. Webster University campus will receive the Webster University CFPC Scholarship that yields a “net” tuition to be the same tuition rates as our active-duty, Guard and Reserve members.

  • Eligible undergraduate students: $5,000 annual incentive fund
  • Eligible graduate students: Receive our most preferred military tuition rates (via the University’s CFPC Scholarship).

It's easy to apply and Webster's Academic Advising team will help you achieve your goals.

For eligibility determination or any other questions, please contact the Office of Military Affairs:

  • Phone: 314-246-VETS (8387)
  • Toll Free: 1-800-981-9801, ext. VETS (8387)
  • E-mail: oma@webster.edu

Webster University’s Office of Military Affairs has a partnership with the Folds of Honor organization that provides a $5,000 annual incentive fund to be competitively awarded to each Folds of Honor eligible undergraduate student who attends Webster University’s home campus in St Louis, Missouri, as a full-time student (minimum 13 credit hours/semester). Additionally, any Folds of Honor graduate student who enrolls at any U.S. Webster University campus or online will receive the same tuition rates as our active-duty, Reserve, and National Guard members through this scholarship offer.

  • Eligible undergraduate students: $5,000 Annual Incentive Fund
  • Eligible graduate students: Receive Webster's most preferred military tuition rates (via the FOH Scholarship).

Partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation allows military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty to attend Webster University, and it one way Webster honors those who have died defending our country. Folds of Honor’s mission is to support the one million-plus dependents adversely affected by deployments; nearly nine out of 10 do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance. Since 2007, Folds of Honor has carried forth this singular, noble mission. To close the gap, providing educational support to spouses and children of America's fallen and wounded soldiers. For eligibility determination or any other questions, please contact the Office of Military Affairs.

*This special program is via a partnership with Folds of Honor Foundation. To be eligible for this program, University scholarship and most preferred tuition rates, you must be registered and validated through Fallen Patriots.

The Folds of Honor Foundation also offers their own scholarship programs that are separate and exclusive to that organization. For more information, visit the organization's scholarship page.

 

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Emergency Assistance

Webster University is committed to helping our students through unexpected financial hardships. Emergency aid, including loans, grants, tuition adjustments/waivers, food assistance, and funds for textbooks and technology, is available to students enrolled at campuses in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

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