Graduate Students

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Most scholarships, fellowships, and research or teaching assistantships are administered through the dean’s office of your school. Application for these sources of aid is made to the Office of the Dean of your school at Tufts. If such aid is offered, you will be notified by your school shortly after you are accepted, or at a later date for continuing students. If you have questions about the forms for financial aid, contact the Dean’s Office in your graduate school.
These forms and procedures apply to graduate students at Fletcher, Graduate A&S, Graduate Engineering, Post-Bac Premed, GMAP, Gordon Institute, and Certificate Programs. Please do not submit federal or state income tax returns to Tufts. They are not required and will be shredded upon receipt.

Award Notification

Decisions for new student applicants are made for a full academic year on a rolling basis beginning in March. Most decisions for returning applicants are made by late July for the academic year.  All Financial Aid Award notices are sent electronically to your email address on file at Tufts. 

Required Documents

FAFSA

You are encouraged to complete your FAFSA as early as possible in order to allow provisional credits to be reflected on your bill, which is mailed the first week in July.

Verification

If you are selected for verification by the Federal government (indicated on your Student Aid Report (SAR) which you receive after submitting your FAFSA), you will need to log into your FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (if you have not done so already). You can only do this if your taxes have been submitted to the IRS at least 2 weeks prior. If you cannot use the IRS DRT, you will need to request a 2015 IRS Tax Transcript from the IRS and have it sent to Tufts. You must also submit an Independent Student Verification Form. Any aid awarded is tentative, and no loans can be disbursed, until the verification process is completed.

Citizenship

If you are not a U.S. citizen, but are a permanent resident, you must submit a copy of both sides of your alien registration card to Student Financial Services. If you receive a notification from the government on your paper or electronic Student Aid Report (SAR) that they were unable to confirm your citizenship, you must submit proof of citizenship (such as a copy of a U.S. passport, U.S. birth certificate, or copy of Naturalization) to Student Financial Services. If you are a returning student, you do not need to submit this information unless you have not done so in the past.

Selective Service

If you received a notation from the government on your paper or electronic Student Aid Report that they were unable to confirm your registration with Selective Service, you must confirm your status. To do this go to the Selective Service website and follow the directions to “Request a Status Information Letter.”  You must submit a copy of that letter to Student Financial Services, Dowling Hall, Medford, MA 02155. Federal loans cannot be processed until your status confirmation is received at Tufts. If you are a returning student, you do not need to submit this information unless you have not done so in the past.

Federal Requirements

In order to obtain federal aid, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and you must be making satisfactory progress (determined by individual department). You must also be officially registered on at least a half time basis to receive aid that has been made available to you.

Tufts University provides information regarding your enrollment status to the National Student Loan Data System, which then provides information to lenders. Enrollment status for graduate students is defined as follows:

Enrollment Status
Requirements
Full time  3 or more course credits, or 2 course credits with a teaching or research assistantship, or registration as a full-time continuing student (402/502), working on a thesis, dissertation project or internship
Half time 2 course credits
Part time 1 course credit or registration as a part-time continuing student (401/501)

It is your responsibility to make sure you register accordingly each semester. Federal regulations require that you are officially enrolled half-time or full-time in order to receive or defer federal student loans.

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