Financing Your Education

There are several sources of financial assistance available to Learning and Design students. These include merit-based scholarships and fellowships and US federal need-based aid. You can learn more about these resources below.

To view a breakdown of expenses for students, please visit the Office of Student Financial Services website.

Merit-Based Financial Assistance


MLD offers merit-based scholarships on a competitive basis to incoming and continuing students with the primary purpose of supporting qualified students in pursuit of their academic careers. Students with exceptional academic standing, ability, and talent, as determined by the strength of their application materials, are considered for these awards. Scholarships can only be applied to tuition for MLD credits. Scholarships can complement, but not replace, tuition assistance from other sources.

MLD awards scholarships at the time of admission in early March. Scholarships may be renewed at the same amount for the second year. In order to retain the scholarship in their second year, students must earn a 3.89 or higher GPA and complete a scholarship renewal application form. We will review grades at the end of the first year of study, and notify students of scholarship renewal decisions at the beginning of the next summer.

CNDLS Graduate Associateships

MLD offers merit-based Graduate Associateships to incoming and continuing students to support their academic careers and to offer professional experience in the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). CNDLS serves as Georgetown University’s center for teaching, learning, and innovation and is at the forefront of pedagogical and scholarly innovation. Furthermore, CNDLS supports a number of projects focused on faculty and graduate student professional development, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and teaching with technology.

Graduate Associates (GAs) will be paid an hourly rate and will be expected to work 15-20 hours per week. GAs support the overall operation of CNDLS by working on projects related to writing and communication, assessment, technology enhanced learning, or student learning. There is a possibility of continued employment during the second year on an hourly basis.


Students that demonstrate exceptional academic standing, ability, and talent, as determined by the strength of their application materials, may be considered for a Graduate School fellowship stipend to help support living expenses.

U.S. Federal Need-Based Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Services has information about need-based financial aid on its website, including important information about how to apply for federal student aid, deadlines, and eligibility.

Visit its webpage to learn more. You can also access an example loan package offering here.

International Students

The Georgetown University Graduate School offers a limited number of awards to international students in various departments based on academic qualifications.

To learn more, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services webpage.

Other Assistance

Office of External Fellowships, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Students may wish to consider applying for external fellowships and grants offered by various federal and private organizations. The Office of External Fellowships in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences provides information and guidance on external funding opportunities, as well as assistance with applications. Grant-getting and writing resources, funding opportunities, programs requiring institutional endorsement, special programs and other resources can be found here. Additionally, the Graduate School offers a competitive Conference Travel Grant program twice annually to support graduate students presenting a paper or poster at a major domestic or international conference.

Scholarship Opportunities for Veterans or Dependents

Students who are eligible to receive educational benefits through the Veterans Administration may obtain information and assistance here.

ROTC Scholarships for Master’s Students

Details regarding ROTC Scholarship for Master’s Students through the Hoya Battalion can be found here.

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 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 due on their eligible federal student loans after they have made 120 payments on those loans under certain repayment plans while employed full time by certain public service employers. Click here for more information.

Part-time student employment, both on and off campus, is available as an alternative or supplement to a financial aid package. To assist students in locating such employment, the Office of Student Financial Services has created Hoyaworks, an online clearinghouse for part-time and temporary job listings on campus and for local businesses and organizations.

Campus Employment Opportunities

Georgetown University offers a variety of student employment options across campus. Students in these positions receive hourly pay and the rates are typically around $15 an hour. The Office of Student Employment manages a database of on-campus employment opportunities. International students on student visas may work on campus up to 20 hours per week.


Learn How to Apply
Admissions FAQs
Financial Aid & Expenses
Admissions Events