Graduate College Financial Aid

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 October 1 of each academic year in which you wish to receive federal financial aid. If you are attending summer semester, you must also complete a summer application.

Dependent/Independent Status

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

Award Eligibility

SFA begins notifying applicants of financial aid eligibility in April for summer, fall, and spring semesters. Individual financial aid information can be viewed at

Please note: Eligibility for federal financial aid may be affected by students who are recipients of a graduate scholarship. If you have a graduate scholarship from a source other than BGSU, please 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:

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
227 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, BGSU
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: (419) 372-2651 FAX: (419) 372-0404

Student Employment Services
225 Bowen-Thompon Student Union, BGSU
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: (419) 372-2865 FAX: (419) 372-0357

Graduate College
110 McFall Center, BGSU
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone: (419) 372-2791 FAX: (419) 372-8569

Other resources

(These are not affiliated with BGSU and are for informational purposes)

Graduate school scholarship search

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Updated: 04/03/2024 02:14PM