Career Service Assistant Director David Milford talking to students

Graduate Financial Aid at a Glance

Apply Early

You can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year any time after January 1. Go to to complete the application. If you do not have a FSA ID which acts as your electronic signature, go to

If you plan to apply for a Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship, do so by May 1. The application is available here.

FAFSA Completion Information

ESU’s school code is 001927.

If you are updating a renewal FAFSA, be sure to change your educational level to graduate student.

Do not submit any additional documentation with your FAFSA. If you are selected for verification, send requested documentation to ESU’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.

If your financial circumstances have changed, you can request a review of your FAFSA results by completing a request form. Click on “Professional Judgment Consideration.”

If you prefer to file a paper application, request a form at

Be sure to read all consumer information.

Educational Costs

Estimated educational costs for financial aid purposes include tuition and fees, room and board, books, transportation and other personal expenses. Current estimated costs are available here

The Process

You receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) either electronically or by mail. Review the report and make any necessary corrections. You can do this immediately online at or by returning Part II of the SAR to the Federal Processor

ESU receives a copy of your SAR.

If you are selected for verification, submit all requested documentation.

ESU will be issuing award notifications in March to graduate students who have complete financial aid files. To have a complete file, you must be admitted to your program of study. If you need to complete prerequisites before being admitted go here and print off the “Graduate Prerequisite Verification Form.” You will need to submit the completed form to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office to be considered for federal aid.

Notify Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships of funding you receive from outside sources. An example would be employer education reimbursement. Adjustment to your financial aid award may be necessary to comply with federal, state and institutional regulations.

Initial award notifications come to you in the mail. Revisions will be sent to your ESU Gmail account.

Your award notification will direct you to your BuzzIn account to accept your loan offer(s). You can accept the full amount, accept a reduced amount or decline. If you accept loans and are a first time Direct Loan borrower at ESU, you will need to complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Loan Counseling at


  • To be loan eligible you must be enrolled at least half-time (see also Graduate Enrollment definitions).
  • Students who are completing prerequisites or teacher licensure are funded at the undergraduate level and must be enrolled in a minimum of six hours of approved courses (any level).
  • You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to retain your financial aid. You can find these requirements at; click on the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy link. 


Federal Aid Programs

Federal Student Aid ProgramType of AIDProgram DetailsAnnual Award Amount
TEACH Grant Grant with conditions. Could convert to an unsubsidized loan For some master’s teaching fields $4,000 annual maximum $8,000 lifetime maximum
Unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan Loan: must be repaid; you must be at least a half-time student Borrower is responsible for interest during the lifetime of the loan $20,500 annual maximum (maximum offer may be less than annual maximum)
Direct PLUS LOAN for Graduate Students Loan: must be repaid; you must be at least a half-time student Check with Financial Aid Office for details Maximum amount is cost of attendance minus any other financial aid the student receives

Check with your department for scholarship opportunities or review outside scholarship opportunities here

Disbursement of Financial Aid

Most aid is awarded on an annual basis beginning with the summer semester. For aid to be disbursed, students must meet certain requirements that include:

  • Accepted into an aid eligible program of study
  • Entrance loan counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) is complete, if applicable
  • Completed Title IV and Direct Deposit Authorization with Cashiering Services, if applicable
  • Enrolled in the number of hours for which you were awarded
  • Resolution of any university holds, such as a traffic ticket

Education Tax Credits

There are two credits available for people who pay higher education costs: the Hope Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit.  More comprehensive information is available from the IRS here.