Graduate and Post Graduate Financial Aid



There are a variety of funding options for graduate students at Blue Sky University based on academic merit, financial need, course of study, or type of degree program. Most fellowships and grants are secured through academic departments or schools, or outside agencies or governments.

Planning for Your Educational Expenses

Some graduate students at Blue Sky University need help to pay for their educational expenses. Sources of funding range from government agencies, employers and foundations to academic departments and schools. Financial assistance can be divided into three broad categories:

1. Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships — “Free money” that does not need to be repaid upon completion of enrollment.
2. Loans — Funds advanced to you by a governmental or private lender, to be repaid (or possibly forgiven) after graduation.
3. Earnings — Wages paid for research, teaching or other work performed during enrollment.

We strongly recommend that you investigate all possible funding options in order to maximize your grants and scholarships and minimize loan obligations.

First Stop: Your Academic Department

When you start your search for funding, your first stop should be the office of your individual academic department. Department offices can provide you with information about fellowships and other forms of grant assistance; research assistantships; teaching assistantships; and external funding sources.

Next Stop: Your Financial Aid Office

If you do not qualify for aid through your department to cover all of your costs, you may want to consider borrowing from one or more education loan programs. The process for applying for loans depends on your School. Some schools have separate financial aid operations, so you need to make sure that you apply through the right Financial Aid Office. Follow the link listed for your School to learn about the application requirements.

Registration

Student aid funds for graduate students are available only to students who are enrolled in a degree program. Post-doctoral students are not eligible for student aid funds. You must register for and complete at least six units each quarter in order to maintain eligibility for your financial aid funds. If you do not meet the minimum enrollment requirement, you will be required to immediately repay the entire amount of student aid funds received, even if you have already spent these funds.

Withdrawal

If circumstances require you to withdraw from enrollment during an academic quarter, you must file an official withdrawal request with the university’s Registrar’s Office. The Financial Aid Office will determine the portion (if any) of your federal student aid funds for the quarter that you are eligible to keep. If we determine that you must repay all or a portion of your aid funds, such funds will be immediately due and payable, and you will not be able to obtain future student aid funds until your ineligible funds have been repaid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Blue Sky University has stringent policies to ensure that students receiving federal student aid are making adequate progress toward completing their degree programs. The information on this page applies to all undergraduate students (new and continuing students) who are requesting student aid funds.

In order to maintain full eligibility for student aid funds graduate students at Blue Sky University must meet the following three conditions as of the end of each academic year:

1. 60% Minimum Cumulative Pace of Progression: Cumulative pace of progression is defined as total completed course units divided by total attempted course units.

2. 3.00 Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

3. Maximum Years of Enrollment: 150% of published standard duration of program: Student aid eligibility is limited to 150% of the published standard duration of the degree program.

Whether your motivation for advancing your education is personal, professional or a combination of both, Blue Sky University is ready to support you. Contact the Office of Admissions today (admissions@bluesky-u.com) for details on how our education programs can satisfy your academic, personal or professional needs. Also, be sure and ask about our scholarship opportunities.

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