Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Federally Guaranteed Student Loans

Effective Fall 2019, our program is eligible for federally guaranteed student loans. Students who wish to apply for Title IV federal funding need to complete a FAFSA form online ( Federal loans are limited to students enrolling in our 1-year completion track. Specifically, you must enroll in a minimum of 5 credit hours per fall and spring semester. Two of our courses are offered only in the summer semester. These classes are also eligible to be covered by federal student loans. There is no minimum credit hour enrollment for summer courses.

Internal LGBT Health Policy & Practice Fellowships and Grant Awards 2020-2021

The graduate certificate program has been developed for working professionals and students in the health professions who realize they need additional training in order to better serve LGBT individuals in healthcare settings or by advocating for changes in public policy. Consequently public and private partnerships fiscally support specialized training to better serve the health care needs of the LGBT community as well as a means to reduce health disparities worldwide. As a result of this support, we have developed our own highly competitive LGBT Fellowships and Grant Awards to supplement funds available through the federal loan system. We will award several partial scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000. Funds available will be allocated on the basis of both merit and need. 

Students enrolling in the 1-year completion track for the class enrolling Summer 2020 are eligible for merit- and need-based scholarships. Classes begin online June 22, 2020. There are two required 1-week residencies in Washington DC in July and January. Program completion is May 2021. Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2020 to be considered for this scholarship. 

Students enrolling in the 2-year completion track for the class enrolling Summer 2020 are eligible for merit- and need-based scholarships. Classes begin online  June 22, 2020. Students on this track are required to attend the first summer residency in July 2020, and the final spring residency in January 2022. The additional summer and spring residencies are optional. Program completion is May 2022. Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2020 to be considered for this scholarship.


How to apply for LGBT Fellowships and Grant Awards:

1) In order to be considered for funding through our program, U.S. Applicants must complete the FAFSA form online and forward the Student Aid Report to [email protected]. Please note that you will have to download the student aid report once your application has been processed, and forward this manually to us. We will not receive your report automatically. While most programs do not offer international students financial assistance, the caliber of proposals received from previous international students in our cohorts has justified fellowships or scholarship support to international students. International students will also be considered for all scholarships. Please contact our office for the information required in lieu of a FAFSA.

2) Prioritization of awards funded will be based on excellence of capstone proposals (discussed during the interview), current LBGT community involvement or in health programs/projects designed to reduce LGBT health disparities, commitment to LGBT research and scholarship, and financial need. If you feel your FAFSA is not representative of your real financial need, you may submit a supplementary statement of financial need to be considered as part of your application via e-mail at [email protected]

3) A scholarship review committee will use a rubric to score student’s application, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, applicant interview, and Capstone planning document (completed prior to the interview) to determine priority for funding and awards.  

4) Applicants for the 1-year completion track and the 2-year completion track starting in the summer will be notified of their scholarship awards by April 15.

5) 1-year and 2-year completion track applicants for summer enrollment will have until May 1st to affirm enrollment in the LGBT Health Policy & Practice Graduate Certificate program and acceptance of the award contract. 

External Financial Aid and Awards

Federal student loans
Our program qualifies for federal student loan assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. To apply for these loans, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online at You must maintain enrollment of no fewer than 5 credit hours per fall and spring semester in order to be eligible for federal loans for our program. 

US Military Veterans

The military and veterans affairs office at GW will apply GI Bill Education benefits to the graduate certificate program.

Phone: 202-994-9570 
[email protected]

Teach for America and AmeriCorps Education Awards

Eligible students may be able to use a Segal Americorps Education Award - a post-service benefit received by participants who  complete a term of national service in an approved AmeriCorps program-(AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC, or AmeriCorps State and National) - toward the cost of their tuition. Teach for America members can also apply for the Americorps Education Award during one or both of their years as a member as long as they meet citizenship and service term requirements. Individual use of these awards will depend on eligibility, and in some cases, awards may not be applicable due to the nature of our program as a graduate certificate and not a Master's program. Awards must be processed through GW's Office of Student Accounts, not the Financial Aid office, so please contact GW's Student Accounts Office and visit the AmeriCorps website for more information.

McNair Graduate Fellowship

Students who were McNair Fellows in their undergraduate programs at other universities who apply and are accepted to a graduate program at George Washington will receive special consideration for the following merit-based awards:

  • Doctoral only: Stipend of $20,000 in addition to full-tuition award
  • Master's: 10,000 tuition award

Two awards are available each year. Master's recipients are only eligible for tuition awards and may hold the fellowship for two years; doctoral students are eligible for any of the three awards and may hold the fellowship for three years. Visit the Office of Graduate Scholarship and Fellowships website for more information.

Minority-Serving Institution Award

The MSI Award provides qualified individuals, from eligible institutions, who seek admission in a Columbian College graduate program, an application fee waiver and a tuition award of at least 40%. For more information and to see list of eligible institutions click here.

To qualify, an applicant must:

  • be admitted to a Columbian College master's degree, graduate certificate program or PsyD program;
  • expect to receive an undergraduate degree from an eligible minority-serving institution or already hold such a degree, awarded no earlier than 2010; and
  • be enrolled in a Columbian College graduate program to receive the tuition benefit, renewable for the normal duration of the degree.

Employer Tuition Assistance

Employer Tuition Assistance is often available through Human Resources departments in non-profit and for-profit organizations. We encourage working applicants to inquire about tuition benefits through their employers. Federal employees (e.g., HHS, HRSA, SAMHSA, CDC, NIH, etc.) may also have access to tuition support and professional development funds. Employees of The George Washington University may also be eligible for employer tuition assistance. Amounts, policies, and procedures vary by division, so ask your supervisor or HR for guidance on obtaining tuition benefits. We will work to tailor your Capstone project to your employer's needs.

For example, Dr. Sharon Glezen's Capstone project matched Sharon's interest to her employers needs. Sharon redesigned the first year medical school curriculum in LGBT health at the University of Rochester Medical School. Another example, Dr. John Cullen developed a plan to lobby the University of Rochester to provide transition-related coverage to for transgender patient member of the student and employee health benefits plans.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Prospective students are encouraged to explore outside scholarship and funding resources. Below are some helpful links with more information about organizations which provide scholarships for LGBT and ally students. 

The Pride Foundation offers students who are residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington (but may be studying elsewhere) eligibility for their scholarships. More information can be found here.

The Point Foundation funds individual LGBT graduate and undergraduate scholars through an annual competitive process. Point only funds students enrolled in terminal degree programs (e.g. Masters, Doctoral, Medical) but financial awards can be applied to GW tuition expenses if dually enrolled in the certificate program. More information can be found here.

The HIV-Positive Scholarship awards scholarships ranging from $250-$5,000 to eligible HIV-positive students who apply. There is no deadline as they are reviewed and awarded monthly-- for the current or following semester, depending upon individual institution's financial aid deadlines. More information about how to apply for this scholarship can be found here

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals provides a $5000 Out to Innovate™ Scholarship for LGBTQ+ and active ally students pursuing degrees in STEM programs. The application process opens in April of each cycle. Application submission deadline for each cycle is the first Saturday of June. More information can be found here.

The Michael Sullivan Diversity Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial assistance to support graduate student research projects in honor of Dr. Sullivan’s work with American Psychological Association, and his commitment to diversity and inclusion. You can find more information here.


Scholarship Opportunity Databases

The Human Rights Campaign maintains a database of scholarships for LGBT scholars across the country, sortable by region. More information can be found here.

The Center for Population Research in LGBT Health at the Fenway Institute has a database of scholarship opportunities for graduate students. More information can be found here.

The non-profit group maintains a webpage of LGBT scholarship opportunities. More information can be found here.

The Campus Pride National Scholarship Database provides LGBT and ally students with the most comprehensive list of scholarships and funding resources at both the undergraduate and graduate- levels. More information can be found here.

Applicants may also come across other opportunities by conducting a web search of their own.

Commercial Student Loans 

Student loans are available from non-governmental lending institutions, independent of the federal student loan program. Our financial aid office will provide the necessary paperwork to secure student loan rates at commercial banks.

To apply, click here (In the application, please click Summer 2020).

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