Financial Aid Information for Graduate Students

For a more detailed review of financial aid for graduate students, please refer to the Award Guide.


In addition to the regular application procedures below, new graduate students should make sure they take care of these additional steps. PLEASE NOTE that new students cannot complete these steps until they are officially accepted into an aid-eligible degree program and have been issued their 9-digit Goucher ID number by the graduate office.

Goucher Student E-Mail Access

  • Once you have received information about your Goucher student e-mail, please transition to using that e-mail exclusively for all things Goucher related.
  • All important financial aid (and billing statement) e-mails will go ONLY to your secure Goucher student e-mail, so you don't want to miss any important updates!
  • If you need help with accessing your Goucher student e-mail, please contact Goucher's IT help desk: 410-337-6322.

Goucher's Online Financial Aid System: Net Partner

Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN)

  • Students who intend to accept federal student loans need to complete the federally-required Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) online.
    • The login is the same FSA ID and password as for your FAFSA.
  • Most students only need to complete these tasks the first semester they accept federal loans.
  • You don't need to specifically wait to have your loans in place and accepted. You may use estimates for the purposes of the Entrance Counseling.

Graduate Student Financial Aid Application Procedures

  • Complete the FAFSA electronically at
    • For Fall 2019,  Spring 2020, or Summer 2020 complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA.
    • For Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021 complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA.
  • Be sure to list Goucher's federal school code: 002073.
  • Submit a Graduate Student Expected Enrollment form when you are confident of your expected schedule and credits.
  • Provided we have received your FAFSA and all required documents, then you should receive financial aid information by e-mail after processing. (See Award Notification below.)
  • Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid  if you have any questions or if your enrollment plans change in any way.
  • If you are starting to apply for financial aid any less than 3 weeks prior to the start of term or after being billed, then please make sure you are responding promptly to any needs. Until your financial aid is completely processed, you may be subject to late fees from the billing office.

Important Dates

Priority FAFSA Submission Dates

Academic Year Semesters Priority Deadline for FAFSA
2019-2020 Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020 March 1st, 2019
2020-2021 Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 March 1st, 2020

We are able to process FAFSA applications submitted after the priority deadline, however please be aware of the important considerations below.

  • If you are starting to apply for financial aid any less than 3 weeks prior to the start of term or after being billed, then please make sure you are responding promptly to any needs.
  • Until your financial aid is completely processed, you may be subject to late fees from the billing office.
  • If it is after the drop date and we are unable to process federal student loans for any reason, then you will need to make alternative payment arrangements or seek a private outside loan.

Award Notification

  • New students please note that all official notifications go only to your secure Goucher student e-mail.
  • New and continuing students with a complete FAFSA and expected enrollment form on file for an upcoming academic year will receive financial aid information on a rolling basis.
    • This process will begin in June for the upcoming year. (June 2019 for the 2019-2020 year beginning in Fall 2019.)
  • If you have submitted all documents after about mid-May, then please allow 3-4 weeks to receive notification to your Goucher student e-mail.
  • Graduate students in education programs may have longer processing times if they will be receiving tuition discounts or tuition benefit payments from their school system. If the financial aid office is informed of a tuition discount or benefit payment after financial aid has been packaged, then this will require the financial aid to be revised.
  • Students will receive an email when their financial aid notification may be accessed on Net Partner. Students need to use Net Partner to accept or decline award(s).
  • New students who accept federal loans will need to complete Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) online at

Award Types

Eligibility Criteria

  • Each type of aid requires you to meet and maintain certain eligibility requirements.
  • Graduate students need to be at least half-time (4.5 credits) to be eligible for federal loans.

Cost of Attendance

  • Students may receive financial aid up to their Cost of Attendance (COA). The COA includes direct institutional charges (tuition and fees) and estimates of indirect expenses (room and board, transportation, books and supplies, and miscellaneous expenses).

Billing & Refunds

  • Electronic statements will usually display financial aid as anticipated aid. Anticipated aid is replaced with actual aid after the last drop date of each semester if the aid has been accepted on Net Partner and all required financial aid documents have been received and processed.
  • Any remaining charges after all financial aid is applied must be paid by the statement due date. If the student borrowed more and has a credit on their account they may request a refund.
  • PLAN AHEAD - Refunds are not available until about 3 weeks after the semester begins. Indirect expenses may need to be paid out of pocket until the refund is available.
  • Please note that if you are registered in partial-semester terms and also registered for less than 4.5 credits in the first part of the term, then financial aid will not disburse until after the drop date of the later-starting class.

Professional Development Certificate & Non-Degree Seeking Graduates

Students participating in the Welch Center's eight Professional Development Certificate and non-degree seeking graduate programs are not eligible to receive federal financial aid.