An important aspect of your decision to seek an advanced degree is financing your education. The following information outlines the different types of assistance available for students pursuing graduate study at Bowling Green State University. Information contained here is accurate as of the date of publication but is subject to change without advance notice. Contact the specific office for the most current information.
Applying for Financial Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to calculate your student (and spouse’s, if applicable) contribution and determine your financial need. You should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 to be considered for the Federal Perkins Loan, William D. Ford Direct Loans (both subsidized and unsubsidized), and Federal Work Study. If you are attending summer semester, you must also complete a summer application at: http://www.bgsu.edu/offices/sfa/page42941.html
Graduate students are considered independent for financial aid purposes.
Verification of Information
Your application may be selected for verification, at which time you will be asked to provide Student Financial Aid (SFA) with copies of your federal income tax return and other supporting documentation. Do not send copies of your tax return or other documents to SFA unless requested. Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
SFA begins notifying applicants of financial aid eligibility in April for summer, fall, and spring semesters. Individual financial aid information can be viewed at https://my.bgsu.edu.
Please note: Eligibility for federal financial aid may be affected by students who are recipients of a graduate tuition waiver or scholarship. If you have a graduate tuition waiver or scholarship that is not included on your award letter, you must inform SFA in writing. Your award eligibility may be revised and funds already disbursed to your bursar account may need to be returned.
Determining Financial Need
The cost of attendance is used to determine eligibility for financial aid. A standard budget includes direct educational costs plus an allowance for personal expenses. For the most current figures, please visit the following link: http://sfa.bgsu.edu/coa/
Individual student budgets are adjusted based on enrollment status. Costs are subject to increase based on the cost of living and fee increases as approved by the Board of Trustees.
For Additional Information
For more information on any of the aid described here (including current interest rates), contact:
Student Financial Aid
231 Administration Building, BGSU
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: (419) 372-2651 FAX: (419) 372-0404
Student Employment Office
318C Math Science, BGSU
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: (419) 372-2865 FAX: (419) 372-0357
120 McFall Center, BGSU
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0180
Phone: (419) 372-2791 FAX: (419) 372-8569
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