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Financing Your Education

The Graduate School at Hood College offers a great education with affordable tuition and a number of ways to pay for graduate coursework. 

Employer payment plans

Many employers offer education reimbursement programs that may pay for some or all of employees' tuition. Information about those programs is available through employers' Human Resources offices. Hood College has also developed special payment plans with two school districts. Frederick County Public Schools teachers and staff may be eligible for the Direct Pay Tuition Plan. Teachers in the Montgomery County Public Schools Hood Educational Leadership cohort programs may take advantage of the special MCPS Plan.  


The Community Foundation of Frederick County is committed to helping students who are pursuing a post-secondary education. Some scholarships are available to those enrolled or planning to enroll in graduate programs. To be considered for Community Foundation scholarships, applicants must complete the online application here. Applications are generally due during the month of March each year. Visit their site for exact deadlines and requirements.

A scholarship created by faculty member Phil Berneburg is awarded annually to a new ceramic arts student pursuing a masters in fine arts degree.

Maryland State residents may be eligible for some scholarships here.

Graduate assistantships and workships

Hood College offers a number of graduate assistantships that provide tuition and stipends for teaching and/or research assistance. Workships that provide partial tuition remission are available in academics, athletics and student life. See Graduate Assistantships and Workships page for more information and how to apply.

Financial aid

To apply for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Graduate Loan (up to $20,500 maximum eligibility):

  • Complete a Hood In-house Financial Aid Application here
  • Submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) here
    • Hood College’s federal school code is: 002076
  • Apply for an FSA ID (username and password) so you can log in to certain USDE websites and access your personal information here
  • First time borrowers at Hood must also complete both Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) here

To apply for a Private Alternative Education Loan, go to the following link and review the options here

Hood College tuition payment plan

This payment plan allows students to pay a semester's tuition and fees over a four- or five-month period. Monthly payments are deducted from a checking or savings account or by credit card. Learn more about the payment plan here.

Veterans benefits

Hood College provides services to veterans and dependents of veterans eligible for veterans' educational benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Program. Information about veterans' benefits is available through the Office of Financial Aid.