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Financial Aid Process for Graduate Students

Choosing the right school means making sure it has an academic program that will challenge and inspire you; has a social environment that will spur personal growth; and is the right financial investment.

At Drexel, we want to make sure the cost of a Drexel education is clear and that every student fully understands and takes advantage of all the financial resources available.  

How is Drexel's Cost of Attendance Determined?

Graduate student costs are based on the number of credits that they register for each term. In most cases, graduate students are billed tuition at a per-credit rate. Additionally, there may be other costs to consider during your education. Some of these include books, a computer, transportation, and miscellaneous personal costs. These other costs are taken into consideration when Drexel reviews your financial aid eligibility.

View Graduate Tuition and Fees

Applying for Financial Aid

In order to be eligible for financial aid, students typically must be registered for a minimum of 4.5 credits per term and in a degree-seeking program (non-matriculated, some certificate, and other programs may not be eligible for federal or state financial aid; you can contact Drexel Central if you have questions about the aid eligibility of your program).

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

The FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for federal loans. The 2018–2019 FAFSA can be completed online starting October 1, 2017. Learn more about filing the FAFSA.

Institutional Financial Aid Application 

Students in certain programs will need to complete an Institutional Financial Aid Application via Discover Drexel in order to be reviewed for financial aid. You will be notified if you are required to complete this application. 

To file the application:

  • Log in to Discover Drexel.
  • Navigate to the "Financial Aid" tab.
  • The Institutional Financial Aid Application will be listed in the "Financial Aid Information" section.
  • To complete the application, you will need to indicate the number of credits you are intending to enroll for in each term of the upcoming academic year (please note that you must enter a number in each field; if you will not be enrolled in a specific term, enter a zero into the space).
  • The certification statement regarding minimum per term enrollment eligibility for federal aid eligibility (4.5 for graduate students) must be read and checked.
  • To finalize the application, enter the last four digits of your Social Security number and your date of birth, then choose Submit.
  • Read the resulting message to ensure your information was submitted; if there are any issues with your submission, you may be directed to contact Drexel Central.
  • You can only submit this application once per year; if you need to update the enrollment information you submitted, contact Drexel Central.
  • Once your submission is received, the Financial Aid Office can work to finalize your financial aid package.

Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

Drexel grant and scholarship opportunities for graduate students can be found below:

Additionally, graduate applicants should review private scholarship opportunities they may be eligible to utilize.

Benefits for Veterans

Drexel participates in programs that provide funding to veterans, their spouses, and dependents. Learn more about Veteran benefits.

Financial Aid Package for Admitted Students

Information during the entire financial aid process, including the status of your financial aid applications and a detailed list of any aid you may be offered, will be available on Discover Drexel, in the Financial Aid tab, after you are admitted to Drexel. Discover Drexel will also provide you with information about additional financing options you may be able to utilize to cover any costs not covered by financial aid, such as payment plans and private education loans. Once you submit your admission application to Drexel, you will be provided with login credentials for Discover Drexel.


You may notice a list of outstanding financial aid requirements in the "Financial Aid" tab of Discover Drexel. You should only begin completing these requirements after you have confirmed your enrollment with Drexel, unless Drexel Central advises you to complete one or more sooner.

Additional Financing Options for Confirmed Students 

You've been admitted, and you've confirmed that you want to attend Drexel. We are so excited to have you join us.

Your next step is to review the additional financing options available to graduate students. Once you have been registered for your first term by your advisor, you should familiarize yourself with Drexel's billing policies to be prepared for your first eBill.