Student Resources

Find the academic and financial support needed to make your experience in the LGBT Health Policy and Practice Program as smooth and enjoyable as possible. For additional support or guidance, please contact us.


Federally Guaranteed Student Loans

The GW LGBT Health Policy and Practice Program is eligible for federally guaranteed student loans under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. 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 one-year completion track. To be eligible, you must enroll in a minimum of five credit hours per fall and spring semester. The two required courses that are offered only in the summer semester are also eligible to be covered by federal student loans — there is no minimum credit hour enrollment for summer courses.


LGBT Health Policy and Practice Tuition Awards

Departmental Scholarships
  1. Department Tuition Awards: Our department is able to award several partial tuition awards each year to exceptional applicants. To be considered for these awards, applicants must apply by February 15th of every admission cycle. Please see the application instructions below.
  2. The April Louis Transgender Health Scholarship: This scholarship will fund the tuition for the Capstone course in LGBTHP&P for one student applicant who proposes an exceptional and achievable Capstone project focused on improving the quality of health care received by transgender patients. The amount of this scholarship will be equivalent to 3 credits hours of tuition, currently $4,440, and will be applied to the Capstone course tuition for LGBTHP&P. Applicants must apply by March 31st to be considered.
  3. The Warren Little Capstone Creativity LGBT Health Scholarship: This scholarship will fund the tuition for the Capstone course in LGBTHP&P for one student applicant who proposes exceptional and achievable Capstone project that demonstrates a creative approach to improving the quality of care for members of the LGBTQ community. The total amount of this scholarship will be $5,000 and will be applied across the 3 semesters (summer, fall, spring) of the applicant’s program participation. Applicants must apply by March 31st to be considered. 
Application Process
  1. FAFSA form submission: 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 it manually to us; we will not receive your report automatically. 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 email to [email protected].
  2. Prioritization of awards funded: Decisions 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.
  3. Application review: A scholarship review committee will use a rubric to score each 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. Notification of funding decisions: Applicants for the one-year and the two-year tracks starting in the summer will be notified of their scholarship awards by April 15.
  5. Enrollment decisions: Accepted applicants for summer enrollment will have until May 1 to affirm enrollment in the LGBTH Health Policy and Practice Program and acceptance of the award contract.
International Students

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.

GW Resources and More

Center for Career Services
Take advantage of career and job search coaching, self-assessment services, résumé development, networking and more. (Services offered to students and alumni.)

Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research
Search and apply for undergraduate fellowships and research awards.

Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Apply for a fellowship to support a research project carried out over several weeks or across multiple semesters.

McNair Fellowships
Apply for a merit award from GW if you were a McNair Fellow in your undergraduate program at another university.

Military and Veteran Services
Learn how to apply for GI Bill benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Minority-Serving Institution Award
Secure funding from the Columbian College if you are coming to a GW graduate program from an eligible minoring-serving institution.

Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Awards
Apply for a $500 grant to fund research project supplies, conference travel, off-site archival visits, videography and more.

Student Accounts Office
View current tuition and aid information. Applicants who request financial aid will be considered for all forms of aid available based on criteria including undergraduate GPA, courses taken, recommendations, extracurricular activities and GRE scores.

Student Financial Assistance
Look for scholarships, Federal Work-Study positions, military benefits and other funding assistance.

Student Research Commons
Find paid research jobs, fellowships, seminars and other events available in the GW community.

Undergraduate Research Award
Apply for this $5,000 research award, open to first-years, sophomores and juniors.

Accredited Schools Online LGBTQIA Scholarships
Find scholarships for LGBTQIA students and allies and get expert tips on how to increase your chances of winning an award.

Affordable Colleges Online College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students
Browse community connections designed to support LGBT students throughout their academic careers, all organized by state, school or degree area.

American Psychological Foundation Queen Nellie-Evans Scholarship
This $4,000 scholarship is offered annually to minority graduate students who have a commitment to improving the conditions of marginalized communities.

APIQWTC Scholarship Fund
Supports queer API women and transgender people in their pursuit of technical/professional training or higher education. The Scholarship Committee hopes to recognize those who are active in the community and encourage future leaders.  

Campus Pride National Scholarship Database
Campus Pride provides LGBT and ally students with a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding resources at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Employer Tuition Assistance
Some nonprofit and for-profit organizations offer tuition assistance through their human resources departments. Federal employees may also have access to tuition support and professional development funds. We will work to tailor your capstone project to your employer's needs. Past students have, for example, redesigned a first-year medical school curriculum or developed an employee health plan that provides transition-related coverage for transgender people.

Fenway Institute Center for Population Research in LGBT Health
The center maintains a database of funding and fellowship opportunities for graduate students.

The nonprofit group maintains a list of financial aid opportunities for LGBTQ+ students.

Gamma Mu Foundation
Provides support to gay men who want to further their education at a college, university, or vocational or professional training program. In addition, effective 2016, the Gamma Mu Scholarship Program will award two scholarships annually (“The Folisi & Goodwin Scholarship in Memory of Ray Williams” and "The Phil Papel Memorial Scholarship" to two students from the broader LGBT community. 

Human Rights Campaign LGBTQ Student Scholarship Database
The Human Rights Campaign maintains a database of scholarships for LGBT scholars across the country, sortable by region.

NerdWallet's Top Scholarships for LGBTQ Students
To simplify the scholarship hunt, NerdWallet compiled a list of top scholarships for LGBTQ students and allies.

Point Foundation LGBTQ Scholarship
One of the most popular national foundations to aid financial support for LGBTQ students. Awards range: vary annually from $5,000 to $28,000.

Pride Foundation
Provides help and financial support for the LGBT community across the Northwestern region of the United States. Over 50 scholarships are available for LGBTQ students. The applicant must be a resident of a specific region of the US. Awards range: from $5,000 to $10,000.

PFLAG Chapter Scholarship Programs
The PFLAG organization has more than 400 local chapters nationwide, many of which offer their own funding programs for LGBT students.

Rainbow Scholarship
Helps LGBTQ+ students finance educational programs abroad. The scholarship is only available for US citizens, permanent residents, or DACA students and sponsored by Fund for Education Abroad. Award range: up to $10,000.

Academic Commons
Book peer tutoring or review sessions, research and writing help, step-by-step study strategies, language support and more.

GW Libraries
Explore on-campus libraries and online research databases.

Language Center
Sign up for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, practice with language meet-up groups, take a language exam or talk to someone about waiving language requirements.

CCAS Undergraduate Advising
Get assistance from your Columbian College academic advisor to navigate declaring a major or minor and other academic support.

Writing Center
Make a free appointment to work with a writing consultant on your next project, from the brainstorming phase through drafting and revising.