Brandeis combines the resources of a world-class research university with the personal attention of a liberal arts setting. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers 17 doctoral programs and more than 40 master's and postbaccalaureate programs.
One of the key differences at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is our emphasis on interdisciplinary learning. You will learn the importance of connecting with people who have a broad range of expertise and experience.
We support all doctoral students and the majority of master’s and post-baccalaureate students who maintain satisfactory academic progress with loans and scholarships.
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Professional development at GSAS is for PhD and MA students in all departments and in all stages of their career. Whether you are just starting or are about to finish your degree, the resources we provide are for you. Our goal is to enable students to pursue fulfilling careers in the private sector, academia, non-profits and government.
Find a member of staff who can address your questions. Meet your Graduate Department Representative and your Director of Graduate Study.
Qualifying master's and doctoral students.
Please note that students MUST exhaust all federal eligibility through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program before applying for a Graduate PLUS loan. The yearly limit on a Graduate PLUS Loan is equal to your cost of attendance (determined by school) minus any other financial aid you receive. For example, if your cost of attendance is $60,000 and you receive $40,000 in other financial aid (scholarships, fellowships, Unsubsidized loan) you could borrow up to, but no more than $20,000.
A qualified Graduate PLUS Loan borrower does not have an adverse credit history (defined in regulations as being 90 days or more delinquent on any debt, or having a credit report that shows default, discharge, foreclosure, repossession, tax lien, wage garnishment or write-off of a Title IV debt during the five years preceding the date of the credit report). Note that Graduate PLUS loans do not use any kind of a debt-to-income ratio or FICO® score, unlike private education loans.
Graduate students with good credit should not need a co-signer to apply for the loan. You might need a co-signer if your credit is insufficient. If you are denied, you can appeal the decision or you can re-apply with a co-signer.
Yes. You are not required to take this loan, and if you would like us to cancel it and make other arrangements for your bill, please notify Mira Howell at email@example.com or 781-736-3403.
For loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2022 and before July 1, 2023, the interest rate is 7.54%. Graduate PLUS Loan rates are fixed at 6.28% for loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2021 and before July 1, 2022.
Interest is charged on the loan from the date the first disbursement is made until the loan is paid in full.
For loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 2020 and before October 1, 2023, the origination fee is 4.228%. For Graduate PLUS loans first disbursed on or after October 1, 2019 and before October 1, 2020, the origination fee is 4.236%. The origination fee is deducted proportionately each time a loan disbursement is made.
1. Complete Unsubsidized Loan and Graduate PLUS Loan Entrance Counseling by logging on to the U.S. Department of Education's Direct Loan Servicing website and click on the Complete Counseling link. After selecting Start Entrance Counseling (the first option), Add Brandeis University as a school to notify, and select the student type that reads "
2. Complete TWO Master Promissory Notes, one for your Direct Loan and one for your Graduate PLUS Loan. You will need your FSA ID (if you have not already created an FSA ID, you should do so first) to complete this step in the process.