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Graduate Financial Aid

The mission of the Office of Financial Aid is to work with graduate students to help make studying at NDNU affordable. The OFA, located in St. Mary’s Hall, offers both financial assistance and referrals to other sources. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to seek specialized scholarships in their disciplines; many community, professional, and fraternal organizations also offer scholarships.

For financial aid purposes, students are considered to be full-time graduate students when enrolled in 9 units. Graduate students are eligible for loan programs when enrolled on at least a half-time basis, or 3 units. Graduate students with Unclassified Graduate status are not eligible for financial aid.

Students who plan to utilize federal, state, or NDNU financial aid to finance their graduate degree or credential must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Most graduate students are eligible for Direct Loans and Grad PLUS loans.

For further information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (650) 508-3741 or e-mail

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