Financial Aid

Financial Assistance

Eligible students who wish to apply for federal loans, must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is currently available online for the academic year and list GW’s School Code 001444The fall priority deadline for completing the FAFSA is February 15th. You will still be able to submit the FAFSA after this date, but please do so as soon as you accept an offer of admission. Please visit the "Graduate" tab under the Office of Student Financial Assistance website for financial aid deadline information. For detailed information on how to apply for federal financial aid, please visit the "Graduate" tab under the "How to Apply for Financial Aid" section of the financial aid website.

Students who are slated to receive outside resources from University departments or other agencies must report their funding via the Verification of Outside Awards form. If you have any questions regarding the federal financial aid application process, please reach out directly to OFSA at (202) 994-6620 or

The Health Sciences Admissions Office must have your social security number (SSN) on file before financial aid can be processed. Please visit the for information on How to Apply for Financial Aid. Please be advised, students who receive financial assistance must adhere to the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements (see Financial Aid Policies and Disclosures below). For more information, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) at

The University requests that international students applying for admission, present evidence of sufficient funds to cover all tuition, fees, books and living expenses for their course of study in the program.

Policies and Disclosures Related to Financial Aid

Please visit the GW Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) and the GW Student Accounts Office to review a comprehensive list of important policies related to financial aid that you will need to familiarize yourself with, including the following items:


Military Educational Benefits

GW’s Office of Military and Veteran Student Services processes applications for entitlement payments under the various classes of veterans’ educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If you are planning to use the G.I. Bill®, please consult the Admitted Veteran, Military Personnel, and Dependent Student Checklist. GW Certifying Official(s) and information about military benefits can be found at the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services website.

External Funding Sources


School of Medicine & Health Sciences Scholarships

GW Occupational Therapy Program Tuition Scholarship 

Commensurate with the SMHS mission, the Occupational Therapy program is dedicated to recruiting and educating a qualified and diverse health care workforce able to meet societal needs. This academic merit and need-based scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional potential for success in the profession and in the program, as evidenced by their academic achievements, engagement, and leadership.

There are a limited number of departmental scholarships available for qualified applicants. All students will be considered, no additional application is required.

GW Health Careers Opportunity Program

HCOP (Health Careers Opportunity Program) is a federally funded grant program from HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) that aims to develop and guide individuals with disadvantaged backgrounds through the educational pipeline of a health profession. In this effort, HRSA has chosen George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) to be one of their National HCOP Academies.

The GW Health Careers Opportunity Program gives students the chance to be a part of a National HCOP Ambassador Program while pursuing their health career goals. The HCOP Ambassador Program supports students’ success through:

  • Academics, networking, and career counseling
  • Enrichment programs that enhance and develop learning and academic skills
  • Experiential clinical immersions and community services
  • Financial literacy and planning
  • Clinical and public health experiences, research, and team building activities

HCOP is a program that has a research component. The research from HCOP is used to study how effective the program is in preparing students for a career in the health profession. HCOP  Ambassadors will be asked to participate in these studies and while we encourage participation, it is voluntary and participants can withdraw at any time.

GW Health Sciences accepts approximately 25 eligible HCOP applicants each year, who will be GW’s HCOP ambassadors. There is no cost to apply but applicants must meet eligibility criteria to be accepted and receive financial assistance. Through the HRSA grant, GW provides scholarships that help cover tuition, fees, and other eligible educational expenses. Additionally, GW offers stipends.


Outside Scholarships

The American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF) Scholarship Program

Over 50 scholarships are available from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and state occupational therapy associations. Applicants complete only one online form to apply for all qualifying scholarships.


The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) E. K. Wise Scholarship: Building a Diverse OT Workforce

The fund for the E. K. Wise scholarship was established in the 1960s through the generous bequest of Elizabeth K. Wise for students pursuing an entry-level occupational therapy (OT) or occupational therapy assistant (OTA) degree. It supports students from diverse backgrounds who can meet E.K. Wise’s and AOTA’s objectives of developing a workforce to meet society’s diverse occupational needs in underserved areas or communities. 

Three awards will be granted in the amount of $2,500 each.


The District of Columbia Occupational Therapy Association (DCOTA) Scholarship

Applicants must be currently enrolled and have completed at least 1 year of occupational therapy specific coursework in an AOTA accredited or developing post-professional level program OR enrolled in an occupational therapy assistant program. Applicants are considered for all scholarships for which they qualify, but may receive only one scholarship per year. Applicants must be a member of AOTA , and for post-baccalaureate scholarships, this must be the first degree in OT. Two personal references and a program director's statement are required. Applicants for post-baccalaureate scholarships must be enrolled at the professional level in an accredited or developing Occupational Therapy educational program and have completed 1 full year of Occupational Therapy coursework.


AMBUCS Scholarship Program

Since 1955, National AMBUCS, Inc. has awarded scholarships to students pursuing degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology and hearing audiology. To date, more than $9.8 million in scholarships have been awarded to over 16,500 students.

Eligibility: Students must be US citizens accepted in a graduate-level program that is accredited by the appropriate therapy profession authority in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, or hearing audiology. Assistant or undergraduate programs are not eligible. Awards are based on financial need, commitment to local community, character for compassion and integrity, and career objectives.

Over $200,000 is awarded annually with individual awards ranging from $600 to $1,500. There is one two-year award in the amount of $6,000. Award monies are deposited into the student’s credit account with the financial aid office of the educational institution.

Application Deadline May 1 at 11:59 pm ET, annually.


F.A. Davis Scholarship Program

F.A. Davis is dedicated to developing teaching and learning solutions that meet the needs of students, educators, and practitioners. As part of our commitment to shaping the future of nursing and health science education, we are proud to offer annual scholarships to support those aspiring to work in healthcare. 

This scholarship program reflects our belief in the importance of educating the next generation of healthcare professionals and their commitment to quality health care for all of us. It recognizes the challenging yet rewarding path these students have embarked on and the very special nature of those who have chosen to devote themselves to providing quality care.


AMN Healthcare Med Travelers Scholarship

As a part of Med Travelers’ commitment to attracting the best and brightest to our industry, we are currently offering a $5,000 scholarship (awarded in the form of a check) twice a year to current Speech-Language Pathology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and School Psychology graduate students. We recognize the vital role that SLPs, PTs, OTs, and School Psychologists play in making our communities happier and healthier. We also understand the financial burden that comes with pursuing these advanced degrees, so alleviating this burden is our way of saying, ‘Thank You.’

Each application will require a written essay, which is an opportunity to share your life and career story. We encourage all entrants to be thorough and candid when sharing their unique stories—there are no wrong answers!




Employment opportunities are shared with admitted students as we receive them. Opportunities include personal care assistants, supported living assistants, rehabilitation assistants, child aides, research assistants, post-graduate opportunities, and more!

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

If you work full-time for a government or nonprofit organization, you may qualify for forgiveness of the entire remaining balance of your Direct Loans after you’ve made 120 qualifying payments—i.e., 10 years of payments. To benefit from PSLF, you need to repay your federal student loans under an IDR plan. Learn more about Ways the Government Can Help You Repay Your Loans – Federal Student Aid.


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