Financial Aid Overview

Tuition rates for both undergraduate and graduate programs have risen steadily since the 1980s. And unfortunately, year on year tuition increases and state financial aid cuts have been particularly sharp since 2004. Today’s students are borrowing more and saving less than students who graduated decades before them.

While some level of student debt may be unavoidable, it is critical to thoroughly research scholarships, grants and financial aid awards before enrolling in a program. Don’t forget that public health is a high-demand field that encompasses dozens of different academic fields. Particularly at the graduate level, public health students can often secure a sizable amount of school-sponsored or specialization-specific aid.

Average Tuition at all Institutions, 2012-2013 Academic Year
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, Undergraduate & Graduate
Undergraduate $20,234
Master’s $16,435
Doctoral $16,435

Finding a way to pay for college can be daunting. Fortunately, there are multiple funding opportunities you can take advantage of as a prospective student. It is important to take the search for college funding just as seriously as the applications process, to offset expenses with scholarships, grants, teaching assistant roles, and loans that you might qualify for. The following sections describe ways to secure funding through grants, scholarships, and loans, so that you don’t have to pay out-of-pocket for school.

Step One: File Your FAFSA

The first and most important step toward securing funding for your bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree is to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you’ve filed a FAFSA and received your Student Aid Report (SAR), you’ll automatically be considered for all major sources of federal student aid, as well as scholarships and grants offered by your school, if it’s a public state university.

Application Timeframe

The FAFSA application period opens each year on January 1st. It’s important to file your FAFSA as soon as possible, since student aid is disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Income Estimations

You can still submit a FAFSA even if you haven’t filed your annual tax return. You can use FAFSA’s Income Estimator to get an approximate value for your adjusted gross income. Once you have filed your tax return, go back and update your FAFSA with the correct information. If you are still considered a dependent, you will also need to obtain income information from your parents and guardians to calculate family contributions.

FAFSA Awards

Completing the FAFSA determines your eligibility for certain federal loans and grants. It also helps you qualify for need-based scholarships at the school or schools of your choice. While scholarships vary from school to school, the types of federal loans and undergraduate grants remain largely the same. We have provided a table that breaks down who is eligible for each type of aid, the maximum amount of funds you can receive from each, how long the grace period for repayment is and what the current annual percentage rate is.

Direct Unsubsidized Loans

  • Undergraduate:
    • $31,000 over course of undergraduate education
    • Payments deferred during enrollment and for 6 months after graduation
    • 3.86%-4.66% interest rate
  • Graduate:
    • Up to $20,500/year
    • Responsible for paying interest during period of loan
    • 5.41%-6.21% interest rate
  • Doctoral:
    • Ineligible

Direct Subsidized Loans

  • Undergraduate:
    • Up to $23,000 over course of education
    • Payments deferred during enrollment and for 6 months after graduation
    • 3.86%-4.66% interest rate
  • Graduate:
    • Ineligible
  • Doctoral:
    • Ineligible

Direct PLUS Loans

  • Undergraduate:
    • Ineligible
  • Graduate:
    • Up to cost of attendance
    • Payments deferred during enrollment and for 6 months after graduation
    • 6.41%-7.21% interest rate
  • Doctoral:
    • Up to cost of attendance
    • Payments deferred during enrollment and for 6 months after graduation
    • 6.41%-7.21% interest rate

Federal Perkins Loans

  • Undergraduate:
    • Up to $5,500/year from school
    • Payment deferred for nine months after graduation
    • 5% fixed interest rate
  • Graduate:
    • Up to $8,000/year from school
    • Payment deferred for 9 months after graduation
    • 5% fixed interest rate
  • Doctoral:
    • Up to $8,000/year from school
    • Payment deferred for nine months after graduation
    • 5% fixed interest rate

Federal Pell Grant

  • Undergraduate:
    • Up to $5,730/year for no more than six years
    • Does not need to be repaid
  • Graduate:
    • Ineligible
  • Doctoral:
    • Ineligible

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant

  • Undergraduate:
    • $100-$4,000/year based on need and available funds at school
    • Does not need to be repaid
  • Graduate:
    • Ineligible
  • Doctoral:
    • Ineligible

Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant

  • Undergraduate:
    • Up to $5,312/year
    • Cannot qualify for Federal Pell Grant
    • Does not need to be repaid
  • Graduate:
    • Ineligible
  • Doctoral:
    • Ineligible

Step Two: Find and Apply for Alternative Funding

The thought of being saddled with student loan debt in order to earn your degree in public health may affect your decision to attend school. Fortunately, there are scholarships, fellowships and grants available to incentivize students to earn advanced education in this high-demand field.

Our scholarship database can help you narrow down your funding options. Filter awards best suited to you by choosing one or more of the following criteria:

  • Area of Study
  • Renewability
  • Minimum GPA
  • Enrollment Level
  • School Sponsorship Status
  • Race
  • State

Remember, most scholarships are school-specific, so it’s important to read all eligibility and application requirement details closely to ensure you do not waste your time on something you cannot be awarded.

Scholarship Finder

  • 20288 Scholarships

Narrow Your Results

  • Enrollment Levels

  • Popular Study Areas

  • Renewable

  • Minimum GPA

  • Sponsored By School

  • Race

  • State

  1. Order Sons of Italy in America National Leadership Grant

    Deadline: February 28 Study Areas: General Renewable: No

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Sons of Italy Foundation

    Contact Information

    • lkelly@osia.org
    • (202) 547-5106

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
    • College Sophomore
    • College Junior
    • College Senior
  2. Entrance Scholarship

    Deadline: Rolling Study Areas: General Renewable: Yes

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Art Academy of Cincinnati

    Contact Information

    • kolberding@artacademy.edu
    • (513) 562-8773

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
  3. Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

    Deadline: March 31 Study Areas: General Renewable: No Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Application Information

    Sponsored by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

    Contact Information

    • adugger@naacpnet.org
    • (410) 580-5760

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
    • College Sophomore
    • College Junior
    • College Senior
    • Master's-level Study
    • Doctoral-level Study

    Ethnicity Preference

    • African American or Black
  4. Fellowship in Jewish Studies

    Deadline: October 31 Study Areas: Jewish Studies Renewable: Yes

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture
  5. Doctoral Scholarship

    Deadline: October 31 Study Areas: Jewish Studies Renewable: Yes

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture

    Enrollment Level

    • Doctoral-level Study
  6. AGBU Fellowships for U.S. Based Study

    Deadline: April 30 Study Areas: General Renewable: Yes Minimum GPA: 4.0

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU)

    Contact Information

    • scholarship@agbu.org
    • (212) 319-6383

    Enrollment Level

    • Master's-level Study
  7. Anna and Charles Stockwitz Children and Youth Loan

    Deadline: None Study Areas: General Renewable: Yes

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS)

    Contact Information

    • EricS@jfcs.org
    • (415) 449-1226

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
    • College Sophomore
    • College Junior
    • College Senior
    • Master's-level Study
    • Doctoral-level Study
    • Other Postgraduate-level Study
  8. Vivienne Camp College Scholarship

    Deadline: None Study Areas: General Renewable: Yes

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS)

    Contact Information

    • EricS@jfcs.org
    • (415) 449-1226

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
    • College Sophomore
    • College Junior
    • College Senior
  9. Jacob Rassen Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: None Study Areas: General Renewable: No

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS)

    Contact Information

    • EricS@jfcs.org
    • (415) 449-1226

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
    • College Sophomore
    • College Junior
    • College Senior
  10. Stanley Olson Youth Scholarship

    Deadline: None Study Areas: Liberal Arts Renewable: Yes

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS)

    Contact Information

    • EricS@jfcs.org
    • (415) 449-1226

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
    • College Sophomore
    • College Junior
    • College Senior
    • Master's-level Study
    • Doctoral-level Study
  11. Scholarship for Children of Disabled, Deceased, Combat and POW/MIA Veterans

    Deadline: March 1 Study Areas: General Renewable: Yes

    Application Information

    Sponsored by North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
    • College Sophomore
    • College Junior
    • College Senior
    • Master's-level Study
    • Doctoral-level Study
  12. American Legion-Alabama Scholarship

    Deadline: May 1 Study Areas: General Renewable: Yes

    Application Information

    Sponsored by American Legion - Alabama

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
    • College Sophomore
    • College Junior
    • College Senior
  13. Outstanding Senior Baseball Player Scholarship

    Deadline: July 15 Study Areas: General Renewable: No

    Application Information

    Sponsored by American Legion - Iowa

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
  14. Oratorical Speech Scholarship Contest

    Deadline: First Week of January Study Areas: General Renewable: No

    Application Information

    Sponsored by American Legion - Michigan

    Contact Information

    • programs@michiganlegion.org
    • (517) 371-4720 ext. 11

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
  15. Oratorical Contest Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1 Study Areas: General Renewable: No

    Application Information

    Sponsored by American Legion - Nebraska

    Contact Information

    • nebraska@legion.org
    • (402) 464-6338

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
  16. Medical and Teaching Scholarship

    Deadline: March 25 Study Areas: Education And Medicine Renewable: No

    Application Information

    Sponsored by American Legion - New York

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
  17. Verne R. Dapp Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: February 1 Study Areas: Nuclear Engineering And Nuclear Science Renewable: No

    Application Information

    Sponsored by American Nuclear Society (ANS)

    Contact Information

    • outreach@ans.org
    • (708) 352-6611

    Enrollment Level

    • Master's-level Study
    • Doctoral-level Study
  18. Dental Student Scholarships

    Deadline: November 30 Study Areas: Dentistry Renewable: Yes Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Application Information

    Sponsored by American Dental Association (ADA) Endowment and Assistance Fund, Inc.

    Contact Information

    • adaf@ada.org

    Enrollment Level

    • College Sophomore
    • College Junior
    • College Senior
  19. A Team Scholarship

    Deadline: February 1 Study Areas: General Renewable: No

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Blackhawk State Bank

    Contact Information

    • nethelp@blackhawkbank.com
    • (608) 364-4534

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
  20. Halton Foundation/Caterpillar Matching Grant

    Deadline: May 1 Study Areas: General Renewable: Yes Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Halton Foundation

    Contact Information

    • thinkbig@haltonco.com
    • (503) 280-1583

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
    • College Sophomore
  21. Maxine Williams Scholarship

    Deadline: February 8 Study Areas: Medical Assisting Renewable: No

    Application Information

    Sponsored by American Association of Medical Assistants' Endowment

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
    • College Sophomore
  22. Navy Supply Corps Foundation Scholarship

    Deadline: April 10 Study Areas: General Renewable: No Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Navy Supply Corps Foundation, Inc.

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
    • College Sophomore
    • College Junior
    • College Senior
  23. Regents Award for Child of Veteran (CV)

    Deadline: June 30 Study Areas: General Renewable: Yes

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Higher Education Services Corporation

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
    • College Sophomore
    • College Junior
    • College Senior
  24. Memorial Scholarship for Families of Deceased Police Officers, Firefighters, Peace Officers, and Emergency Medical Service Workers

    Deadline: June 30 Study Areas: General Renewable: Yes

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Higher Education Services Corporation

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
    • College Sophomore
    • College Junior
    • College Senior
  25. Sarah Bradley Tyson Memorial Fellowship

    Deadline: April 15 Study Areas: Agriculture And Horticulture Renewable: Yes

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Woman's National Farm and Garden Association

    Contact Information

    • sbtfellowship@aol.com
    • (810) 326-0987

    Enrollment Level

    • Master's-level Study
    • Doctoral-level Study
  26. Suburban Hospital Casey Scholarships

    Deadline: November 30; April 30 Study Areas: Medical Technology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Assistant, Physician Assistant, Radiology Technology, Respiratory Therapy Renewable: Yes Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Suburban Hospital Scholarship Program

    Contact Information

    • lweber@jhmi.edu
    • (301) 896-3492

    Enrollment Level

    • College Junior
    • College Senior
    • Master's-level Study
    • Other Postgraduate-level Study
  27. Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship

    Deadline: January 12 Study Areas: General Renewable: No Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Tuskegee Airmen

    Contact Information

    • anoldwarrior@msn.com
    • (310) 215-3985

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
  28. Full-time Employee Scholarship

    Deadline: May 1 Study Areas: Aerospace And Aviation Renewable: No

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Air Traffic Control Association, Inc.

    Contact Information

    • brian.courter@atca.org

    Enrollment Level

    • College Freshman
    • College Sophomore
    • College Junior
    • College Senior
    • Master's-level Study
    • Doctoral-level Study
  29. Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Award

    Deadline: December 2 Study Areas: General Renewable: Yes

    Application Information

    Sponsored by Elks National Foundation

    Contact Information

    • scholarship@elks.org
    • (773) 755-4732

    Enrollment Level

    • High School Senior
  30. National Honor Society Scholarship

    Deadline: February 1 Study Areas: General Renewable: No Minimum GPA: 3.0

    Application Information

    Sponsored by National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

    Contact Information

    • nhs@nhs.us
    • (703) 860-7252

    Enrollment Level

    • High School Senior
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