Are Graduate Certificates Eligible for FAFSA?

Graduate certificates are NOT eligible for FAFSA but if enrolled in a Masters degree program, students can apply for FAFSA and be eligible for unsubsidized student loans.

Graduate programs are no longer eligible for subsidized loans.

If students enroll in the Graduate certificate and have no other funding then they need to pursue a private loan if funds are needed/wanted.

For further information, feel free to contact the Student Information Center, (800) 847-3000.


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