Loan Programs

Graduate education is an investment that can catapult your career, professional development, and earning potential. Most students use one or more loan options to finance the MSHC experience.

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

Federal Loans are available at FAFSA.ed.gov. Federal loans offer fixed rates, low fees, and funds are disbursed directly to your student account.

Students may borrow up to the full cost of attendance which includes tuition plus living expenses. Students working through the program seldom borrow living expenses as this reduces overall debt. However, borrowing for living expenses is an option.

Private Loans are available through a variety of traditional lenders such as banks and credit unions. Private loan interest rates may vary, your credit score can impact the favorability of your rate, and you may need a cosigner.

International Students

International students are ineligible for U.S. sponsored federal loans. Finaid.org is an excellent source of information regarding private student loans. Not all lenders offer loan programs for international students. Often lenders require a creditworthy cosigner who is a citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.

Information on other funding options for international students:

Note: The Program reserves the right to make changes affecting the policies, fees, curricula or any other matters referenced on this site.

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