Aid for Post-Baccalaureate Program Students

A post-baccalaureate from Brandeis ripens your professional skills and prepares you for further academic study. Especially if your undergraduate coursework did not include the prerequisites needed to pursue a graduate degree in a particular discipline, a post-baccalaureate program is an important investment which will provide you with the much-desired and sought-after skills necessary for such advanced programs. In addition, employers may recognize you as having a professional edge over your colleagues. There is no doubt that a post-baccalaureate program is an investment in your future. With this in mind, our Office of Financial Aid will work with you to help you to realize the greatest return on your educational investment.

Available sources of financial support for post-baccalaureate students may include the following:

All awards are contingent on the conditions set out annually in the University Bulletin, including (but not limited to) satisfactory academic progress and changes in student status.

Merit Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded on the grounds of scholarly ability that will be used exclusively for tuition remission.  Often awarded at the time of admission with the acceptance letter (or shortly thereafter), scholarships do not require a separate application unless noted for a particular program. These awards are made to both international students and U.S. citizens. Scholarships usually provide partial tuition and may be supplemented by low-interest government loans.

Scholarship availability and amounts vary by department. (Please note, post-baccalaureate pre-medical students are not eligible for scholarship awards due to an already reduced tuition rate.) All awards are granted and accepted with the understanding that the student must maintain a superior level of academic progress. 

Need-Based Scholarships

Need-based scholarship availability and amounts vary by department. (Please note, post-baccalaureate pre-medical students are not eligible for need-based awards due to an already reduced tuition rate.) Students apply for need-based aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Brandeis code is 002133.

International students will need to complete the International Student Application for Financial Aid to apply for a need-based scholarship.

Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are available in some post-baccalaureate programs (please check with your department of interest to see if they award assistantships). Often awarded at the time of admission, assistantships do not require a separate application unless noted for a particular program. International students are considered with U.S. applicants for assistantships. Assistantships are paid to students biweekly in the form of a stipend check.

Loans

Important Federal Aid update:

For purposes of federal financial aid eligibility, post-baccalaureate program students are considered enrolled in "preparatory coursework to enroll in a graduate program." Independent students are eligible to borrow a total of $12,500 (subsidized and/or unsubsidized) through the Federal Direct Loan Program. Dependent students may borrow a total of $7,500 (subsidized and/or unsubsidized) through the Federal Direct Loan Program. Students can only receive a Direct Loan for a two-semester period (one year) per Federal regulations. Students must be enrolled in at least half-time status (2 courses per semester minimum). Unsure if you are considered an independent student or a dependent student? Find out here.

Post-baccalaureate program degree seeking students are not eligible to apply for the Direct PLUS Loan (also referred to as the GraduatePLUS loan or GradPLUS loan).

How to Apply for Loans

Students and applicants who wish to apply for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan should first complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once admitted, post-bac program students can apply for the Stafford Direct Loan through our How to Apply for Loans webpage.

For alternative loan options, please refer to the web resources located on our Alternative Loan Programs webpage.

Student Employment

Post-baccalaureate students may work on campus to earn additional money during their time at Brandeis. Student Financial Services hosts a large database of on-campus jobs that are available to all students enrolled half-time or more.  This is often an excellent way of supplementing your income. We advise you to check with faculty advisers and current students in your program to see how much time may be available to you for on-campus employment.

Additional Resources
Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require that a student receiving federal assistance make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with standards set by the university. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences delegates the responsibility to monitor academic progress to the individual graduate programs. Admission to the Graduate School is valid for one academic year; graduate programs review students' academic progress and make recommendations for readmission annually. Any student who is readmitted for the following year is considered to be making satisfactory academic progress and is eligible for financial aid from federal sources.

Students receiving financial aid from Brandeis University, whether in the form of a scholarship, fellowship, or teaching/research assistantship, are required to maintain a superior level of academic progress. Awards may be revoked or reduced at any time for undesirable conduct or poor academic standing.