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Graduate Students
(MALS, Arts & Sciences, TDI, MHCDS and Thayer Programs)

Institutional Financial Aid

Scholarship eligibility for Dartmouth's graduate programs is determined by the individual program or department.

  • Arts and Sciences - Contact your academic department
  • MALS - MALS Office 603-646-3592
  • MHCDS - MHCDS Admissions 603-646-1222
  • TDI - No scholarship assistance
  • Thayer - Thayer Admissions/Financial Aid 603-646-3844

Applying for Federal Financial Aid for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Federal financial aid programs are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled at least half-time and making satisfactory academic progress in a degree program. Federal financial aid to graduate students is available through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan program, the Federal Perkins Loan program, and the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan program.

The Dartmouth College Graduate Student Financial Aid Application must be completed to notify us of your intention to apply for financial aid. Download the 2014-2015 Graduate Student Financial Aid Application here: Graduate Financial Aid Application.

All students who wish to apply for Federal Financial Aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ( after January 1 of the year you plan enrollment (i.e., after 1/1/2014 for the 2014-2015 academic period). This form must be completed each year.  Dartmouth's school code is 002573.

The FAFSA form does have a signature requirement. If you have been issued a Personal Identification Number (PIN) this number can be used to sign your FAFSA form. You can apply for a PIN online at Your PIN number can be used to access your FAFSA and must be used to apply for and monitor the status of federal loans.

Additional information about federal financial aid available to graduate students can be found on the Federal Student Aid Website.

Federal Loan Limits

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan - $20,500 (limits higher for some TDI programs)
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan - Up to entire cost of attendance, less any other aid received (dependent on credit approval)
  • Federal Perkins Loan - $8,000 (pending availability of funds)

Last Updated: 5/5/14