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SAIS Financial Aid Information

Johns Hopkins SAIS is committed to supporting the next generation of international studies leaders. We understand that attending graduate school is a serious commitment of time and money, and provide a number of options to help finance your education.

If you have any questions on how to fund your graduate studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, our global financial aid team is here to help.


Completing the FAFSA

Federal aid is available for Johns Hopkins SAIS students to help finance the cost of education. To qualify for federal student aid, you must be a US citizen or an “eligible noncitizen”.

In general, if you have a “green card” (in other words, you are a permanent resident alien), you will be considered an “eligible noncitizen” and will be able to get federal student aid if you meet the other basic eligibility criteria. Details on which immigration statuses are eligible can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.

We strongly encourage all US-based applicants to apply for federal financial aid, regardless of what you think you might receive. There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid.

  • The first step in applying for federal financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at
    • Include the SAIS Federal School Code: E00474
    • Fill out the school year, tax information, and current asset information
    • Complete one form per academic year (over the course of two academic years, you will complete 2 FAFSA forms)
    • You can complete the FAFSA online as early as October 1.

Federal Loan Eligibility

As a graduate student, the only federal aid you are eligible for is federal loans. There are two types of federal loans:

Federal Unsubsidized Loan – 21-22 Interest Rate: 5.28%

  • Loan Fee: 1.057%

Federal Graduate PLUS Loan – 21-22 Interest Rate: 6.28%

  • Loan Fee: 4.228%

You should accept an unsubsidized loan before you accept a graduate PLUS loan.

There is a maximum amount of money available for the unsubsidized loan. Financial need is not required for eligibility. Flexible repayment options are available, including longer repayment periods as well as income-sensitive payment schedules.

Unsubsidized Loan Eligibility:

Fall start – Academic Year 1 Fall $10,250/Spr $10,250/Sum $10,250

  • Academic Year 2 Fall $10,250/Spr $10,250

Spring start – Academic Year 1 Spr $10,250/Sum $10,250

  • Academic Year 2 Fall $10,250/Spr $10,250/Sum $10,250

Graduate PLUS Loan Eligibility:

To determine maximum grad plus loan eligibility, deduct your unsubsidized loan from your Cost of Attendance (COA). Your COA includes your direct charges, such as tuition and fees and indirect charges such as estimated living, travel, and personal costs.

Federal Documents Needed:

Complete all of these items at:

  • Federal Unsubsidized Loan
    • Master Promissory Note
  • Federal Graduate PLUS Loan
    • Master Promissory Note
    • Graduate PLUS Request Form
  • Entrance Counseling for Graduate Students

Searching for Outside Scholarships

Johns Hopkins SAIS does not offer scholarship funds. Students must search for external scholarships independently. You can start browsing for external scholarships using the following website:

Typically, deadlines are in October and November for the next academic year. If you are starting this Fall, you may have missed the deadline for this academic year. However, you can start searching for scholarships that apply to your second year of study.

Where can you find outside scholarship funds?

  • Check with your employer to see if they offer any scholarships.
  • Check with your civic or religious organization to see if they offer scholarships.
  • Check with your professional organization(s) to see if they offer scholarships.

Timing and Resources

For students starting in the Fall program, the earliest you can expect to receive a notice of financial aid is around mid-March. In general, you can expect to receive a notice of financial aid 2 weeks after you have been accepted into the program, as long as you have submitted the FAFSA.

For additional information and resources related to financial aid, student accounts, and records & registration, visit

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Our global financial aid team is here to help you find ways to fund your graduate studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

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