Resources for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

A number of resources are available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents seeking funding for their education, including aid from the federal government and a large number of private scholarships.

U.S. Federal Aid

Federal Loans

SSP applicants can apply for federal loans by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants should submit their FAFSA to the Office of Student Financial Services once they have opened an application with the Office of Graduate Admissions. Applications for financial aid are reviewed on a rolling basis, but the Office of Student Financial Services recommends that students adhere to the deadlines listed on their website.

Additional resources about funding your graduate education and about Georgetown University financial aid and loans can be found at the Office of Student Financial Services website, or by contacting them directly.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

The PSLF Program is a U.S. government program intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full time by certain public service employers.

A majority of SSP graduates go on to public service careers, primarily with the U.S. Federal Government, meaning that they are eligible for this program. Additional information about the PSLF program can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.

Outside Scholarships

U.S. citizens and permanent residents may find our list of scholarships for domestic applicants outside Georgetown University useful. Please note that application deadlines for many of these scholarships fall close to the SSP application deadline. This list is not exhaustive, and SSP does not specifically endorse listed scholarships.

Resources for International Students

SSP merit based aid is available to international students, but does not cover travel or living expenses, books, or health insurance. Applicants who are non-U.S. citizens should apply for awards offered by their governments or by governmental and private agencies in the United States or elsewhere. In most cases, international students are not eligible to apply for federal student loan programs.

Proof of funding is not required for the application process, but international students who plan to enroll will be required to submit proof of funding as part of the visa process.

When searching for outside funding, EducationUSA is an invaluable resource for international students researching funding opportunities. EdUSA has in-country offices in many countries or regions around the world and representatives willing to work with students to answer their funding questions.

Outside Scholarships

International students may find our list of scholarships for international applicants outside Georgetown University useful. Please note that application deadlines for many of these scholarships fall close to the SSP application deadline. This list is not exhaustive, and SSP does not specifically endorse these scholarships.

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