Financial aid for graduate students is dependent upon the program in which a student enrolls. A completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be used to determine your eligibility for Stafford, Perkins and Grad PLUS Loans. Students may also be eligible for scholarships, grants and/or loan programs specific to the school in which they study. Please visit the link associated with your school to see additional information.

Minimum Hours Required for Eligibility

A student must be enrolled for a minimum amount of hours to be eligible for federal and institutional aid. The chart below lists the amount of hours per term needed to be eligible.

Minimum Hours Required
School Fall Jan Spring Summer
Divinity (Masters) 4.5 1 4.5 2
Divinity (D.Min.) 1 1 1 1
Education, Business and Environmental Management 3 1 3 3
Law 5 1 5 2.5
Graduate Nursing and Nurse Anesthesia 3 NA 3 3
Pharmacy 5 NA 5 2.5

Cumberland School of Law+

Samford University's Cumberland School Law offers significant merit/need-based assistance to students who qualify. Please check the law school website and the Cumberland Office of Admission for details concerning scholarships and grants.

Cumberland School of Law students also have the ability to utilize Stafford Loans and Grad PLUS Loans. As a law student, a FAFSA is required to receive either of these loans. A $20,500 annual maximum limit is enforced for Stafford Loans. Grad PLUS Loans are limited only by other aid already received, credit decisions and the total annual financial aid maximum. Bar Prep Loans are also available.

Please contact the financial aid advisor for Cumberland School of Law students with questions about Stafford and Grad PLUS Loans or contact the law school for details concerning Bar Prep Loans and scholarships.

McWhorter School of Pharmacy+

Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy offers some merit-based assistance to students who apply. Please check with the McWhorter School of Pharmacy admissions office for details concerning scholarships and grants.

Most pharmacy students access funding through Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Grad PLUS Loans and Federal Health Professions Loans. A FAFSA is required to receive any of these three loans. A $33,000 annual, maximum limit is allowed for Stafford Loans for pharmacy students. However, an additional $4,167 in Stafford Loans will be offered during the summer term to pharmacy students taking required summer courses after completing their third year of pharmacy coursework.  Grad PLUS Loans are limited only by other aid already received, credit decisions and the total annual financial aid maximum. Health Professions Loans are available on a limited basis. For information concerning the HPL or any other aid options, please contact the financial advisor for pharmacy students.

Ida Moffett School of Nursing+

Samford University's Ida Moffett School of Nursing offers merit/need-based assistance to students who apply. Please check with the nursing school for details concerning scholarships and grants awarded within your program.

Nursing students also have the ability to utilize Stafford Loans and Grad PLUS Loans. As a Nursing student, a FAFSA is required to receive either of these loans. A $20,500 annual, maximum limit is enforced for Stafford Loans. Grad PLUS Loans are limited only by other aid already received, credit decisions and the total annual financial aid maximum.

The nursing school also offers certificate only programs, which are not eligible for federal aid. However, educational expenses related to these certificates may be covered by private loans or institutional scholarships. Please contact the financial advisor for nursing students for additional information.

Other options are also available, such as the Nurse Faculty Loan Program and the Nurse Traineeship Grant Program. For additional information concerning these opportunities, please contact graduate admission in Ida Moffett School of Nursing.

Beeson Divinity School+

Samford University's Beeson Divinity School offers significant merit/need-based assistance to students who apply. Please check the Beeson Divinity School website and the Beeson Divinity Office of Admission for details concerning scholarships and grants.

Divinity students also have the ability to utilize Stafford Loans and Grad PLUS Loans. As a divinity student, a FAFSA is required to receive either of these loans. A $20,500 annual, maximum limit is enforced for Stafford Loans. Grad PLUS Loans are limited only by other aid already received, credit decisions and the total annual financial aid maximum.

For additional information, please contact the financial aid advisor for divinity students or contact Beeson Divinity School.

Brock School of Business+

Samford University's Brock School of Business offers some merit/need based assistance to students who apply. Please check with the Brock School of Business Office of Graduate Programs for details concerning scholarships and grants and the Brock School of Business website.

Business students also have the ability to utilize Stafford Loans and Grad PLUS Loans. As a Business student, a FAFSA is required to receive either of these loans. A $20,500 annual, maximum limit is enforced for Stafford Loans. Grad PLUS Loans are limited only by other aid already received, credit decisions and the total annual financial aid maximum.

For additional information, please contact the financial aid advisor for business students or contact Brock School of Business.

Orlean Beeson School of Education+

Samford University's Orlean Beeson School of Education offers some merit/need-based assistance to students who apply. Please check with the Orlean Beeson School of Education Office of Graduate Programs for details concerning scholarships and grants.

Education students also have the ability to utilize Stafford Loans and Grad PLUS Loans. As an education student, a FAFSA is required to receive either of these loans. A $20,500 annual maximum limit is enforced for Stafford Loans. Grad PLUS Loans are limited only by other aid already received, credit decisions and the total annual financial aid maximum.

The education school also offers programs that are not degree-seeking, but instead lead to a certificate awarded by the state of Alabama.  Students enrolled in specific certificate-only programs are eligible for federal aid, but at a reduced rate.  Please contact the financial advisor for graduate education students to see if your certificate qualifies for aid and the amount of federal or institutional assistance you may be eligible to receive.

College of Health Sciences+

Samford University's College of Health Sciences may offer merit/need-based assistance to students who apply. Please check with the department chair of your program for details concerning possible scholarships and grant opportunities.

Students enrolled in degree programs in the College of Health Sciences also have the ability to utilize Stafford and Grad PLUS Loans. A FAFSA is required each year to receive either of these loans. A $20,500 annual maximum limit is allowed for Stafford Loans. Grad PLUS Loans are limited only by other aid already received, credit decisions, and the total annual financial aid maximum.

The College of Health Sciences also offers certificate-only programs, which are not eligible for federal aid. However, educational expenses related to these certificates may be covered by private loans or institutional scholarships. Please contact the financial advisor for College of Health Sciences students for additional information.

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