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Aid for Postbaccalaureate Program Students

A postbaccalaureate 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 postbaccalaureate 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 postbaccalaureate 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 postbaccalaureate 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, postbaccalaureate pre-medical  and studio art 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, postbaccalaureate pre-medical  and studio art 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. Please Note: The International Application and submission instructions are not displayed here, as they will be made available to applicants during the application process.

Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are available in some postbaccalaureate 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, postbaccalaureate program students are considered enrolled in "preparatory coursework to enroll in a graduate program." A student's loan eligibility is determined, in part, by their dependency status. Independent students and dependent students whose parents are denied a PLUS loan are eligible to borrow a total of $12,500 in Stafford Loans (up to $5,500 of which can be Subsidized) through the Federal Direct Loan Program. Dependent students whose parents can borrow a PLUS loan may borrow a total of $5,500 in Stafford Loans (subsidized and/or unsubsidized) through the Federal Direct Loan Program.

Postbaccalaureate students can only receive a Direct Loan for one consecutive 12-month period per Federal regulations. Students must be enrolled in at least half-time status (2 courses per semester minimum). 

postbaccalaureate 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, postbaccalaureate program students can apply for the Stafford Direct Loan.

Alternative loan options are also available.