Tuition and Scholarships

Cost and Tuition

Pursuing a graduate education involves an individual making a significant financial investment in their education, with the aim of achieving certain academic, personal, and professional goals. Applicants considering SSP should familarize themselves both with the cost of the program, as well the avenues available to help cover these costs.

SSP offers merit aid to both admitted and continuing students, as well as opportunities to work as a reseach assistant within the department. Financial aid from the U.S. Federal Government is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Additional sources of funding from public and private sources are available to both U.S. and international students in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships.

SSP encourages all applicants to seek additional sources of funding beyond indicating a desire to be considered for SSP merit aid.

The cost breakdown for the SSP M.A. based on rates for 2018-2019 academic year is as follows:

Total Cost of Degree (Tuition Only based on 2018-19 Tuition Rates, which are subject to change in the 2019-20 academic year)


Tuition Cost Per Credit


Cost Per 3 Credit Class


Full-time Student Fees $452.00
One-Time Transcript Fee  $100.00
Student Health Insurance


9 (full-time) Credits/Semester


6 (part-time) Credits/Semester $12,300.00

Graduate students at Georgetown pay per credit hour and the SSP is a 36 credit program. Students may enroll part-time (6 credits/semester) or full-time (9 credits per semester). Fees only apply to full-time students. Health insurance is mandatory for all full-time students, though students may be eligible to waive the health insurance fee if they already have health coverage. For more information on waiving the health insurance fee, please contact Student Health Services. Additional details, including general information on billing policies and procedures, are available from the Office of Student Accounts.

Financial Aid Resources

SSP Merit Aid

The SSP awards a limited number of merit aid tuition scholarships to admitted students (both U.S. citizens and international students) with exceptionally strong academic and professional qualifications. Awards are made to students enrolling in both the fall and spring terms. The average award ranges from 25 percent to 50 percent of tuition.

Please note that SSP merit aid does not include stipends or funds to cover travel or living expenses, books, or health insurance.

Historically, roughly 20-25 percent of an incoming class has received merit aid scholarships.

To apply, for SSP merit aid simply check the appropriate box on the Graduate School application form.  No other materials are required.

    Charles B. Rangel Fellowship Program
    • The Security Studies Program has a partnership agreement with the Charles B. Rangel Program. It will waive the application fee for Rangel Fellows, and provide a 40% tuition scholarship to admitted Fellows. To receive a tuition waiver, email the Director of Admissions, Jessica Gershuny at
    CyberCorps™ Scholarship For Service Program
    • Georgetown University has a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the CyberCorps™ Scholarship for Service Program to provide scholarships to students to earn degrees critical for cybersecurity in exchange for service in the form of employment in a governmental cybersecurity position. This national program is designed to educate the individuals who will design and protect the nation's critical information infrastructure, define the policies, and write the laws that govern and protect this infrastructure, and educate the nation's future generations of cybersecurity professionals.

    U.S. Federal Loans

    The cost of the SSP is comparable to other graduate programs in Washington, D.C.  Georgetown graduate applicants can submit the FAFSA to the Office of Student Financial Services on a rolling basis once they have opened an application with the Office of Graduate Admissions. Applicants with financial need are encouraged to make timely applications for external financial support and to research outside sources of financial assistance as early as possible. Deadlines for many independently sponsored fellowships are often in October or November of the year before a student intends to matriculate.

    The most valuable resource for students seeking information about Georgetown University financial aid and loans is the Office of Student Financial Services. Information is listed below:

    Office of Student Financial Services
    Georgetown University
    Box 571252, G-19 Healy Hall
    37th & O Streets, NW
    Washington, DC 20057-1252

    Phone: (202) 687-4547
    Fax: (202) 687-6542

      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 here.

        Additional Funding For Current SSP Students


        The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) provides Language Scholarships for classes below the 350 level during the the fall and spring semesters. Courses beyond the introductory level may have prerequisites and students may need to contact the relevant language department in order to be able to register for these courses. SSP policies regarding scholarships may be found here. Students should also consult GSAS policies regarding language scholarhsips, which can be found here. Additional questions regarding language scholarships should be directed to SSP's Director of Academic Affairs.


        These awards are highly competitive. The total number of merit scholarships are based on the availability of funds, and therefore may differ each semester.  The merit award may provide a maximum tuition benefit of 50% to any student not already receiving a merit scholarship. SSP will award up to five merit scholarships (subject to available funding) each fall and spring semester for students with the highest cumulative GPA who have completed a minimum of 18 credit hours. Fall term grades will be reviewed the second week of January (in order to be considered for the spring semester). Spring term grades will be reviewed each June (in order to be considered for the fall semester).  This timing allows for all grades to post and for funding balances to be calculated. 

        Students who already receive scholarship awards will be included in the review process and are allowed to receive up to an additional 50% tuition increase.  (i.e. If a student receives a 50% award from SSP, it is possible they could receive a one-time tuition award of 100%. If a student is currently receiving a 25% merit award, they could receive a one-time tuition award up of 75%.) Merit awards cannot exceed 100% of the tuition due.


        Students with a strong GPA are encouraged to submit a one page explanation describing their contribution to SSP, their fellow students and the Georgetown University community. The purpose of this award is to recognize a student for his or her total effort, service as well as academics. A candidate will be chosen by the Director after a holistic review of all applicants that will take into account contributions to the program, school, and university along with academic performance and most important the professional demeanor and actions of the student. This award is contingent on the availability of funds and may result in up to a 50% tuition award for one semester. The one-page essay (350-500 words) should be submitted to SSP's Associate Director. Submission deadlines: For the fall term, please submit your essay by December 15 at 5:00 pm. For the spring term, please submit your essay by June15 at 5:00 pm. Nominations of fellow students may also be considered.


        Also, during summer, SSP students may use Summer Grant funding to travel overseas for research, internships, or independent study abroad. More information about SSP Summer Grant funding can be found here. Please note that all Summer Grant opportunities are non-credit opportunities and that students will not receive any credit towards their SSP degree for any Summer Grant activities.


        A limited number of research assistantships are available to SSP students, including international students. Research assistantships pay $13.50 an hour and students are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week. Openings are posted as they become available and professors choose their own assistants. From time to time financial support is available for specific projects submitted by students or under special research assistantships developed by faculty members. SSP does not use teaching assistants. SSP students may serve as teaching assistants at Georgetown in various undergraduate departments. Students interested in teaching assistantships should make inquiries directly to the individual departments at Georgetown as early as possible for full consideration.

          Outside Scholarships and Resources for U.S. Citizens

          U.S. citizens and permanent residents may find the following links to scholarships outside Georgetown University useful. Please note application deadlines for many of these scholarships fall close to the SSP application deadline.

          • AFCEA Educational Foundation: AFCEA International annually awards up to ten scholarships for students pursuing degrees related to intelligence and national security. Undergraduate scholarships are $2,250 each and graduate scholarships are $5,000 each.

          • Affordable Colleges Online: Scholarship search engine for women and minorities

          • Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation: Our Undergraduate, Graduate, Youth P.A.C. (Partners Accessing Capital), Fellowships and Endowment scholarships will assist emerging leaders in academic preparation and character building, thus providing a sound foundation for them to achieve personal success. These awards will afford opportunities for students to enter graduate programs, and make the dreams of completing an education a reality for others.

          • American Association of University Women: Career Development Grants support women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the work force. Special consideration is given to women of color, and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

          • Association to Unite the Democracies (Frank Education Fund): FEF grants are available to graduate students of strong academic standing who complete one or more of the following requirements: A thesis or dissertation relating to international integration and/or federalism and coursework that places major weight on international integration and/or federalism; or an independent study project relating to international integration and federalism to be conducted as part of a graduate program.

          • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) publishes a comprehensive list of scholarships, internships, and fellowships for Latino students.

          • Central Intelligence Agency Graduate Scholarship Program: The Graduate Scholarship Program is a financial needs based initiative that offers graduate students an unmatched experience in a diverse and inclusive environment. Graduate students, serving as scholarship recipients with the CIA, attend an accredited college/university on a full-time basis and work during summer breaks at the CIA.

          • Celia M. Howard Fellowship: The Howard Fellowship provides financial assistance to well-qualified Illinois women for study in the field of diplomacy.

          • Cosmos Club Foundation Scholars: The Cosmos Club Foundation Scholars Grant Program provides grants to graduate students to meet specific research needs not covered by other supporting funds, including but not limited to special supplies, travel, unanticipated expenses that would enhance the work, etc. A minimum of fifteen grants, of between $500 and $3,000 each, will be awarded. Tuition and living expenses are not covered by this award. Eligible students must be enrolled in a graduate program in one of the universities of the Consortium of Universities in the Washington Metropolitan Area. There is no restriction as to academic field, but the project should be focused on objective scholarly research rather than commercial or political activity, social activism, or other non-academic goals.

          • Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund: The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community. Early recipients worked for civil rights, against McCarthyism, and for peace in Vietnam. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity

          • The Delores Zorhab Liebmann Fund: Graduate school fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training). The program of study need not be limited to Armenian studies, and candidates can be of any national descent.

          • Fastweb!: Search engine for various scholarship opportunities.

          • Foundation Center: Search engine for fellowships, grants and scholarships.

          • Guaranteed Scholarships: List of scholarship opportunities.

          • Hispanic Scholarship Fund: The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college or graduate degree.

          • The HORIZONS Scholarship: The HORIZONS Scholarship encourages women to pursue careers related to national security/defense interests of the United States and to provide development opportunities to women already working in those fields. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and currently enrolled at an accredited university or college full-time or part-time (undergraduate or graduate level), and undergraduates must have attained at least junior level status. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need, have a minimum GPA of 3.25, and demonstrate interest in national security.

          • The John Gyles Education Awards: The John Gyles Education Awards are available for full-time undergraduate or graduate students in all fields of study. Criteria other than strictly academic ability and financial need are considered in the selection process. Selected students will receive up to $3,000. Full Canadian or American citizenship is a requirement and a minimum GPA of 3.5 is required.

          • The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF): The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) is a non-profit, volunteer-managed organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean-American students seeking higher education. Specifically, the foundation seeks to: Assist Korean American students in pursuit of academic and personal achievement,encourage community and civic service as an integral part of leadership development, andnurture the sense of pride and confidence in Korean cultural heritage and tradition.While headquartered in Washington D.C., KASF has six regional chapters in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Detroit (see states that are covered by each regional chapters). While all regional chapters operate under a single KASF bylaws, each chapter operates independently to raise funds, manage educational/cultural programs, and to award scholarships.

          • The Kosciuszko Foundation: United States citizens and permanent residents of Polish descent who are beginning or continuing graduate studies and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Scholarships are given for full-time studies only. United States citizens of non-Polish descent are considered when their studies are primarily focused on Polish studies.

          • The Leopold Schepp Foundation: The Leopold Schepp Foundation grants approximately 200 individual scholarships each year to students (full-time undergraduate and graduate students) with demonstrated financial need. The maximum annual award is $8,500. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens, undergraduate students under the age of 30, or graduate students under the age of 40. All applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA. Applicants must either be currently enrolled or must have completed one year of undergraduate work at an accredited college or university. High school seniors may apply for funding for their first year of college. This scholarship has a rolling deadline; please see the scholarship website for information about the closing of the application cycle.

          • Maud Glover Folsom Foundation: The Maud Glover Folsom Foundation was created to provide financial aid in the form of scholarships to young men of German and Northern European decent. We are dedicated to providing scholarships to assist young men to reach their educational goals.

          • The National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) National Pathfinder Scholarship: The National Federation of Republican Women established the National Pathfinder Scholarship Fund in 1985 in honor of First Lady Nancy Reagan. The three annual scholarships of $2,500 provide financial assistance and support to women seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees. Undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as students enrolled in a master's degree program, are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Recent high school graduates and undergraduate freshmen are not eligible. Scholarship winners may not reapply.

          • National Italian American Foundation: Awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and divided between two groups of students:  Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements; or those students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field, who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements.

          • National Science Foundation (Graduate Research Fellowship Program): The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in the U.S. and abroad.

          • National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service: Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that fully fund the typical costs that students pay for books, tuition, and room and board while attending an approved institution of higher learning. Additionally, participants receive stipends of up to $8,000 for undergraduate and $12,000 for graduate students. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.

          • National Security Education Program: Boren Fellowship: Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

          • Peterson's: Search engine for various scholarship opportunities.

          • The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship: The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

          • ScholarshipExperts: Search engine for various scholarship opportunities.

          • Sons of Italy Foundation: National Leadership Grant: U.S. citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian American grandparent) enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a four-year, accredited academic institution for the Fall 2010 term.

          • Harry Truman Scholarship Foundation: The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development.

          • Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program: Prepares young adults from historically underrepresented groups for leadership positions in government, nonprofits, and international organizations.

          • Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans: Applicants who are "New Americans" – naturalized U.S. citizens, green card holders, or the children of two naturalized citizens – may be interested in the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans which provide half of tuition plus $20,000 for each of two years of graduate study.

          • United States-South Pacific (USSP) Scholarship Program: The United States - South Pacific Scholarship Program is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program that provides opportunities for degree study at U.S. institutions of higher education. The Scholarship Program includes a summer internship in Washington, D.C. as well as a four to five-week community service project in the studentÕs home country. Candidates from the following countries, who meet specific selection criteria, are eligible for the program: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Eligible fields of study include standard liberal arts curriculum and other selected fields, with priority given to agriculture, business (undergraduate only), computer science, education, environmental studies, journalism, political science, public administration, and related fields. If a proposed field of study is not among the priority fields, the applicant should give special attention to explaining how this course of study would support the goals of the program.

          • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Educational Foundation: The Foundation's scholarship program is funded by support of its principal donor, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. through chapter tax and life member fees, by contributions and gifts from members and chapters, by the Board of Manager's contributions and fundraising, memorial scholarships, as well as fundraising atthe Regional and State levels. Endowments have been established for the Foundation at the National level, Chapter level, and by the Board of Managers.

            Outside Scholarships and Resources for International Students

            SSP merit based aid is available to international students.  Please note, however, the SSP does not offer stipends or funds to 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.

            Georgetown offers scholarships and fellowships to graduate candidates based solely on academic qualifications to candidates that are recommended by the various graduate departments or programs. International students compete for these awards on an equal basis with U.S. citizens. Proof of funding is not required for the application process, but international students who plan to enroll are required to submit proof of funding as part of the visa process.

            Education USA

            Education USA is an invaluable resource for international students researching funding opportunities.

            EdUSA has in-country offices in many countries or regions around the world, in addition to representatives willing to work with students to answer their funding questions.

            • American Association of University Women: AAUW International Fellowships support for full-time study or research to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents.

            • The American-Scandinavian Foundation: Offers funding to Scandinavians (citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden) to undertake study or research programs in the United States for up to one year.

            • Association of International Educators (NAFSA): Information on scholarship opportunities for international students

            • Association to Unite the Democracies (Frank Education Fund): FEF grants are available to graduate students of strong academic standing who complete one or more of the following requirements: A thesis or dissertation relating to international integration and/or federalism and coursework that places major weight on international integration and/or federalism; or an independent study project relating to international integration and federalism to be conducted as part of a graduate program.

            • Associacion Panamericanan de Instituciones de Credito Educativo (APICE): This website offers a list of loan programs in the Americas by country. For students from North America, Central America and South America.

            • Beca Magdalena O. Vda. De Brockman: Masters level scholarship for Mexican graduate students.

            • Canadian Federation of University Women: Founded in 1919, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is a national, non-profit, non-governmental, women's equality-seeking organization of close to 9,000 women graduates, students and associate members in 110 Clubs across Canada. CFUW has special consultative status at the United Nations and is represented at the Sectoral Committee on Education at the Canadian Sub-Committee for UNESCO. CFUW is the largest of the 61 affiliates of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW)

            • Canadian Student Loan Program: For Canadian students studying or planning to study in the USA. Offers student loans, good at thousands of schools around the United States. 

            • Comision Mexico-Estados Unidos (COMEXUS) Fulbright-Garcia Robles: This website lists opportunities for graduate fellowships and scholarships to study in the USA for students from Mexico.

            • Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia: For Mexican citizens interested in degree programs advancing scientific and technological sectors in Mexico.

            • Directorio de Becas: List of scholarship opportunties for Mexican citizens.

            • eduPASS: A resource guide for foreign nationals who wish to study in the U.S.

            • Foundation Center: Search engine for fellowships, grants and scholarships.

            • FUNED: A private, nonprofit organization that provides financing for graduate education (one and two-year programs) to outstanding Mexican candidates.

            • Fundação Estudar: is a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to Brazilian students for undergraduate and graduate study in Brazil and abroad.  Its mission is to connect top Brazilian students with top academic institutions around the world.

            • Funding for US Study Online: For international students seeking funding opportunities for study in the United States. Organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE), Funding for US Study is an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships and grants including all types of funding programs, for all levels of post-secondary study, across the full range of academic areas.

            • Global Student Loan: Comprehensive education loan for international and distance learning students that does not require a co-signer in the host country.

            • Guaranteed Scholarships: List of scholarships for international students

            • Harvard LASPAU: Acacemic and Professional Programs for the Americas: LASPAU designs and implements academic and professional programs to address the complex social, political, and economic challenges facing the Americas.

            • Inter-American Foundation (IAF): The Inter-American Foundation, an independent U.S. government agency, was created by Congress in 1969 to channel development assistance directly to the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean.

            • International Finance Education Corporation: The International Education Finance Corporation (IEFC) is the premier provider of international student loan programs for the rapidly growing population of students who wish to study in foreign countries. Over 20,000 students to date have reached their goal of financing their international educations through our innovative and unique loan programs.

            • International Scholarships: Provides an extensive list of scholarships, grants and loan programs for students from any origin

            • International Student Loan: Access to loans for non-U.S. citizens wishing to study in the U.S. International students are required to have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a co-signer to apply for this loan.

            • Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Studies Program: Offers funding for studies related to economic development.

            • Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund: The Rowe Fund awards educational loans to qualified persons from Latin American and Caribbean countries to help them finance higher education in the US. These loans are made on the understanding that when the recipients have completed their studies, they are to return to their respective home countries to assist in their countries’ development and further their welfare.

            •  THE MARGARET MCNAMARA MEMORIAL FUND (MMMF): The MMMF provides grants to women from developing countries to help further their education and strengthen their leadership skills to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries.

            • Educational Portal of the Americas, by the Organization of American States (OAS): The scholarships granted by the OAS to people interested in graduate study and / or postgraduate research leading to a degree at a university or college in one of the Member States. Studies can be performed in the modality, remotely (via Internet), or a combination of both and are necessarily full time. The scholarship is awarded for a minimum period of one academic year and a maximum of two academic years.

            • P.E.O. Sisterhood International Peace Scholarship Fund for Women: Applicant must be a non-US or Canadian citizen who is a woman working towards a graduate degree (full-time) in the college or university of her choice in the US or Canada. Applicant must submit a witnessed statement that upon completion of her degree program she will return immediately to her own country to pursue her professional career.

            • Rowe Fund, Organization of American States (OAS): The Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund, or the Rowe Fund, is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS). The Rowe Fund helps citizens from Latin America and the Caribbean OAS Member countries finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans for up to $15,000 dollars.

            • Social Science Research Council Fellowship: A core component of the Council’s work throughout its modern history has been the development and administration of competitive or institutional peer-reviewed fellowship and grants. Council fellowship and grants programs are strategic – they are targeted to a problem, promote individual and institutional change, generate new knowledge and build networks.

            • University of California, Berkeley: A list of funding opportunities foreign nationals (especially for Africans).

            • U.S. Journal of Academics: Provides up-to-date financial aid information for international students in the US

            • Open Society Fellowship: Supports individuals seeking innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges.

            • University of Wisconsin Database: Expansive list of opportunities for international students.

            International students should also visit in-country overseas advising centers.  To search for centers visit Education USA.

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