Explore financial aid for graduate programs, from scholarships and grants to graduate student loans and more.

Financial Aid for Graduate Programs

At Webster University, we offer financial aid for graduate programs in the form of:

  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Federal graduate financial aid
  • Graduate student loans

Webster is ranked first among all public and nonprofit independent universities in the country for conferring graduate degrees to the most diverse degree-seeking student population. We are also ranked first for having the most diverse graduate student population in the state of Missouri, according to the annual Diverse Issues in Higher Education “Top 100 Degree Producers” survey.

How to Apply for Financial Aid as a Webster Graduate Student

Step One: Apply

The first step toward obtaining graduate financial aid is to complete your application to Webster. Apply Now.

Step Two: Complete Your FAFSA

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form as soon as possible. Designate Webster as a recipient with the Title IV code 002521.

Step Three: Explore Graduate Financial Aid Programs and Options

Our graduate financial aid experts will help you search and apply for federal graduate student loans, scholarships, grants and other funding sources.

Types of Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

Direct Unsubsidized Loans are non-need-based loans and are available to eligible graduate students. Repayment of principal is postponed while the student is in school and during a six-month grace period after the student leaves school or drops below half-time status. The interest on Unsubsidized Direct Loans while the student is in school is the borrower's responsibility to repay. These loans are made by a lender, such as a bank, credit union or savings and loan association; are insured by a state or nonprofit guarantee agency; and are reinsured by the federal government. Additionally, these loans:

  • Are available to students who do not qualify, in whole or in part, for Subsidized Stafford Loans.
  • Have terms that are the same as the terms for subsidized loans, except that the federal government does not pay any interest on the borrower's behalf.
  • May either accrue interest while the student is in school and then be added to the loan balance, or the borrower may begin making interest payments after the first loan check is disbursed.
  • Accrue interest during the borrower's grace period and during authorized periods of deferment of repayment.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

Graduate PLUS Loans allow graduate students to borrow funds up to the student's cost of attendance.

Private/Alternative Education Loans

Private Education Loans are not state, federal or institutional programs. Instead, they are loan programs specifically tailored for educational expenses by private lenders. Since these programs are created by the lenders themselves, there are often different terms and conditions for receiving them. Interest rates, fees and maximum loan amounts are among the many factors that may vary from lender to lender. We strongly encourage students to borrow first from the federal college loan programs. Through a student survey process, we developed a recommended lender list, allowing our students to compare private alternative education loan lenders.

The primary funding source for graduate students is through federal student loan programs. While Webster does offer a limited number of scholarships, we encourage interested graduate students to utilize other funding sources, which offer available graduate scholarships.

Graduate Assistantships

Grad to Grad Scholarship

  • Students who earned their bachelor's degree from one of Webster's U.S.-based campuses with a minimum of 3.3 GPA and are pursuing a graduate degree at any U.S.-based Webster campus in the semester immediately following the conferral of their Webster undergraduate degree may be eligible.
  • Value: $2,000.
  • Applied in $500 increments for four consecutive terms.
  • Enrollment is required in consecutive terms from earning a bachelor's degree to beginning a master's degree.
  • Students who graduate in the spring semester may begin their master's degree in the following summer or fall.
  • Staff/faculty receiving the tuition remission benefit are not eligible.
  • Contact: Office of Admissions at admit@webster.edu or 314-246-7800.

International Graduate Students

  • Value: 15%-20% of tuition fee.
  • Awarded at the time of admission.
  • Available to students applying to the St. Louis, Missouri campuses.
  • Contact your Webster admissions counselor.

TEACH (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant)

TEACH grants may be available for graduate students who intend to teach specific subjects at qualified schools upon graduation. Students may receive up to $4,000 per academic year in exchange for an agreement to teach in specific schools and subject areas after graduation. It is important to note that if a student should fail to fulfill the requirements of the Agreement To Serve (ATS), the TEACH grant will be converted to an unsubsidized loan.

Opportunities for Military-Affiliated Students

Additional scholarship opportunities are available to our active-duty military, veterans and other affiliated students.

Important Dates and Deadlines for Graduate Students

The FAFSA for the 2024-2025 school year is now available to complete at studentaid.gov. Be sure to enter Webster school code 002521.

FAFSA records released to Webster University by Department of Education.

FAFSA priority submission deadline (enter school code 002521)

Accepting Your Graduate Financial Aid

  1. Complete your Webster financial aid application.
  2. Complete the loan requirements.
  3. Enroll for Direct Deposit.
  4. Make sure that your enrollment matches the information provided on your Webster financial aid application.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid


Phone: 314-968-6992 or 800-983-4623

Fax: 314-968-7125