All graduate university scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships are awarded by the respective academic departments. These awards are not administered by the Office of Student Financial Assistance or the Office of Admissions. Therefore, graduate students should contact their respective academic departments concerning deadlines and application procedures. The Office of Student Financial Assistance only processes graduate students for their federal loan eligibility, therefore graduate students are processed on a rolling basis, as FAFSA applications are received up until our Federal Loan FAFSA Processing Deadline. All departmental awards must be coordinated with any federal or commercial loans; reduction of loan amounts may result if departmental awards are received after loan eligibility is determined.
The listed scholarship search sites are free to search and are not affiliated with Catholic University. Most scholarship databases do not charge a fee to utilize their search process but may contain individual scholarships that require an application fee or membership to an organization. Make sure to research all scholarship requirements before applying. The Office of Student Financial Assistance recommends FastWeb as our top choice for free online scholarships searches.
Private Aid for Graduate Study
Aside from university and federal aid, there are countless private sources. The Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies office maintains a database of funding and research opportunities for graduate students. Learn more about these resources.
FastWeb Scholarship Search
Recommended by over 15,500 high schools and 3,500 colleges, FastWeb is the nation’s largest, most accurate and most frequently updated scholarship database online. FastWeb provides free scholarship searches, personalized scholarship matching, and automatic email notification of new scholarships that match a student’s profile.
Scholarships.com matches your academic, talents, and interests with scholarships. It is a complete source for local and national college scholarships and allows you to review scholarships by deadline and dollar amount.
College Board’s Scholarship Search
Complete a brief questionnaire and Scholarship Search will find potential opportunities from their database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding that match your education level, talents and background. All of the scholarship information is based on the College Board’s Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs, which is mailed out to over 1,200 sponsoring organizations each year.
U.S. Department of Labor Statistics (Career One Stop) Scholarship Search
Search more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities.
GrantSpace.org Private Scholarship Webinar
Mark Kantrowitz of Finaid.org and Fastweb.com (one of the nation’s experts on student aid) covers the following topics in this recorded program:
Searching for scholarships
Strategies for winning scholarships
Key scholarship resources
Writing winning scholarship essays
Acing the scholarship interview
After you win a scholarship