Graduate Students

Pursuing a graduate degree is about more than just enhancing your understanding of the world — it’s an investment in your future.

We're committed to helping you finance your graduate education as wisely as possible to ensure your investment goes as far as possible. We offer guidance as you explore the available options, from scholarships and student loans to on-campus jobs and external funding

Brandeis Scholarships

All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, and recipients will be notified along with their admission decision. More information about scholarships is available on the graduate school websites. 

Outside Scholarships

Students receiving scholarships from an organization outside of Brandeis should send documentation of the amount, source and disbursement of these awards to SFS at to ensure that they are included in the financial aid offer and/or as a tentative credit on their student account. 


Because many students will not be able to fund their graduate education through scholarships alone, we encourage you to review the Education Loan Programs to explore all loan options.

NOTE:  Since the launch of the 2024-25 FAFSA on December 30th, the application has been experiencing some limited windows of availability due to planned and unplanned maintenance, as well as other processing and completion issues.  Federal Student Aid has let us know that schools will not receive FAFSA data until the first half of March at the earliest, which means that Brandeis will not be able to update the status of the FAFSA item on your financial aid document checklist until this time. For updates on availability and processing issues, please visit the 2024-25 FAFSA Issue Alerts website. For more information about the changes to the FAFSA, please visit our Changes to FAFSA website

Loan Application Recommended Deadlines

Students should submit loan applications by the following dates for their funds to post by the billing due date, and for their refunds to be available as early as possible. Students can still submit loan applications after the deadline, but the loan may not post to the student account by the due date.

  • Fall Semester: Second week in July
  • Spring Semester: Second week in November
  • Summer Semester: First week in June


Some students may be awarded fellowships to help them in furthering advanced study. A fellowship is a stipend (fixed sum of money) paid semi-monthly and intended to help defray living expenses during the course of your studies. Amounts paid as fellowship are NOT associated with any work (services in return for compensation) requirement.