Jun 16, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Costs, Financial Aid, & Scholarships



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Application for financial assistance requires the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be considered for aid, a student must be enrolled or accepted as a graduate student in an eligible program for the purpose of obtaining a degree and must maintain good standing and meet satisfactory progress standards at  the university. To qualify for student loans, graduate students must be enrolled on a half-time basis or more. Half-time enrollment requires a minimum of three graduate credits.

Tuition & Fees

Current costs of attendance is available on the Business Office website.

  • Winona Tuition & Fees
  • Rochester Tuition & Fees
  • Housing & Meals
  • Payment Procedures
  • Tuition & Fee statements
  • Direct Deposit
  • Tax Documents
  • Refund Policy

Loans

Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan: Demonstrated financial need is not required for the Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan but a FAFSA must be filed before school certification can occur. The borrower is responsible for interest that occurs while he/she is in school. The interest rate is re-set every July 1  for the current years fixed rate amount. Graduate students may borrow up to the cost of attendance at WSU minus any other aid received.

Federal Graduate PLUS Loan: Demonstrated financial need is not required for the Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan but a FAFSA must be filed before school certification can occur. The borrower is responsible for interest that occurs while he/she is in school. The interest rate is re-set every July 1 for the current years fixed rate amount. Graduate students may borrow up to the cost of attendance at WSU minus any other aid received.

Student Education Loan Fund (SELF): The Minnesota Higher Education Services Office provides loans of up to $10,000 per year for graduate students who are enrolled at least half time. Loan amounts are determined by the cost of attendance, other aid and student’s prior and current student loan indebtedness. A student is eligible for SELF loans regardless of family income, but must have a creditworthy cosigner. Students make interest payments at a variable rate while they are in school. Students are required to file a FAFSA and have their application approved through the Financial Aid Office.

Short Term Loans: These loans are available to students for emergency expenses. For applications and more information, students should contact the Financial Aid Office.

Employment

The Federal and State Work-Study Programs provide part-time employment to students who demonstrate financial need. Most employment is on campus, but students can work in off-campus nonprofit organizations or public agencies. Employment is limited to twenty hours per week while classes are in session. Institutional employment is available to students on a limited basis through various departments on campus. Students seeking this employment should contact campus departments. Graduate assistantships for teaching, research and staff assignments may also be available. Contact the graduate departments for possible openings.

Private External Scholarships

These are private external scholarships not associated with Winona State University.

Note: Please be aware of anything suspicious when searching for scholarships. A few things to be cautious of:

  1. asking for cash up front - never pay a fee to apply for a scholarship
  2. advertising a free seminar - often a sales pitch for unnecessary/overpriced “aid”
  3. rewards without entries - if you didn’t enter, you didn’t win
  4. time-sensitive scholarships - offering a “first-come-first serve” award
  5. sweeping claims - offers that appear too good to be true

More information on avoiding scams is available on the US News website or the Department of Education website. To submit a private, external scholarship for consideration, email: wsucatalog@winona.edu.

Annual Scholarships and Deadlines

View current catalog for updated scholarships list.