Graduate Financial Aid

Taking steps to pay for college can feel overwhelming. Our financial aid team is here to help you take the guessing game out of applying for financial aid.

Making Advancing Your Education Affordable

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of Full-time Grad Students Receive Aid

Ways to Finance Your Education


Scholarships recognize your hard work and achievements—and the best part is you don't have to pay the funds back after graduation.

Academic, merit-based scholarships

  • Open to: graduate students
  • How to apply: incoming students are automatically considered for academic scholarships just by applying
  • Scholarship amount: varies

Merit scholarships for graduate students are based on previous academic performance in the undergraduate program, the strength of their college or university's curriculum, and any required standardized test scores. Merit scholarships for transfer students are based on cumulative college grade point average (from all institutions attended).

Maintaining merit scholarships

In order to maintain a merit scholarship, students must progress toward the completion of their program of study at a rate that will ensure graduation in a reasonable length of time, both quantitatively (credit hours) and qualitatively (grades), while maintaining full-time, graduate status.

Endowed scholarships by school

Widener University has a number of privately funded scholarships that have been given by individual donors and other benefactors. These endowed awards are designed to recognize outstanding academics, leadership, and service achievements and are awarded by individual schools and committees at the university.


Loans are borrowed money that is repaid with interest and are helpful financial resources available after other options have been exhausted. Several loan options are available for graduate students, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, and private/alternative loans.

Assistantships, Fellowships, & Work-Study Opportunities

Opportunities to work at Widener are available through various assistantships and fellowships within specific academic programs, federal work-study programs based on financial need, as well as direct university employment.

If you are interested in opportunities specific to your academic program, please contact your graduate program's office or affiliated college or school directly for more information.

Aid for Military Students & Families

Widener is proud to offer numerous opportunities for military-affiliated students to finance their education and participate in various U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs programs.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement & Widener Partnerships

Oftentimes, employers will offer educational reimbursement benefits. We encourage you to explore these opportunities and will be glad to provide any necessary documentation.

Widener University also partners with many local organizations and corporations to offer discounted tuition and other incentives to their employees.

Get in Touch

Need help applying for financial aid or want to schedule a financial counseling session? We'd be happy to help!