Financial aid & Scholarships

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Financial Aid 

To apply for aid, a student should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online at fafsa.ed.gov or studentaid.ed.gov. The application opens on October 1st and the deadline to apply every year is March 2nd. You are able to fill out this application even before you are fully admitted to HSU. In fact, we suggest you fill out your FAFSA for HSU when applying to make sure your application is completed on time. 

Aid is usually limited for those already holding a bachelor’s degree. However, in addition to unsubsidized loans, graduate students may be eligible for other financial opportunities such as: 

  • Federal Work Study

  • Graduate Assistantships or Teaching Associate Positions 

  • HSU Scholarships and Grants 

  • Tuition Fee Waivers 

For more information on the financial aid opportunities available to you as a graduate student, visit the graduate student handbook. Some types of financial aid have specific restrictions; please consult the Financial Aid Office for questions regarding your Financial Aid Award Offer. For more information visit finaid.humboldt.edu 

 Scholarships 

Humboldt State University has many scholarships that could assist you in paying for your education.  Amounts vary from $500 to $4000 annually, and some are renewable.  HSU awards approximately $600,000 in scholarships annually. For a full list of scholarships, visit humboldt.academicworks.com 

Deans' Graduate Scholarships

One scholarship that may be of interest to prospective and newly admitted graduate students is the Deans' Graduate Scholarships. The Deans’ Graduate Scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who are entering into one of Humboldt’s 11 Master’s programs. This scholarship application will be used in conjunction with the application to the program in order to determine which students are selected for scholarships. 

Award: $500 minimum
Deadline: 07/01/2021
Apply: humboldt.academicworks.com

Current Students 

Currently enrolled graduate students looking for further information regarding financial aid and scholarships should refer to the appropriate sections of the Graduate Student Handbook.