Federal Financial Aid Link
The Office of Financial Aid administers several loan programs for graduate students. In addition, temporary deferments for registration fees, and short-term, interest-free loans are available to students whose aid is delayed.
Students apply for loans by submitting a USF financial aid application and a Family Financial Statement (FFS).
NOTE: Please check with the School Psychology program office before applying for loans to confirm the number of hours you will be taking for each semester. School Psychology students typically take a higher amount of hours than the number of credit hours the financial aid office uses to estimate loan need and amounts.
Since funds are limited for some programs, it is important to apply early. Application packets are available in early December each year for the following academic year. The Office of Financial Aid has provided a step-by-step guide for graduate students applying for loans.
Students who qualify for temporary deferments of their registration fees, due to delayed financial aid, are mailed a deferment card prior to the start of a semester. The card must be signed and returned to the Office of Financial Aid by the fifth day of classes in order to activate the deferment.
Financial Aid Short Term (FAST) loans are available to students who have completed the application process, but whose aid is delayed or not processed. These loans are for registration fees and books only.
Other short term loans are available through Student Disbursements and Collections, and are not contingent upon financial aid. These loans are for registration fees, or for emergency purposes once fees are paid.
Financial aid counselors are available to answer questions, provide information and assist students in the application process. Please make an appointment with a counselor to discuss your financial aid.
External Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships Program
The Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships Program assists current and prospective graduate students in identifying scholarship and fellowship opportunities not generated within USF. It assists students in applying for external awards to support graduate study at USF or at other universities in the United States and abroad. Some of the awards administered by this program include the Fulbright, Rhodes, the American Scandinavian Society, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China, Woodrow Wilson, American Association of University Women, Robert Bosch Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Once an appropriate source of external funding is matched to a student's needs, qualifications, and background, the Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships Program will assist at every stage of the application procedure. Many graduate external awards include full tuition, a living stipend, travel, and book expenses for a full year of study or research.
Normally, campus deadlines for submission of application for foreign study fellowships occur around the end of September, while deadlines for domestic awards vary but usually occur from October to December.
The Program maintains a current library of all announcements and applications for external domestic and foreign awards, as well as a computer search for helping students find awards. Students interested in external graduate study awards should contact the Graduate School.