Graduate Access Grant

The Graduate Access Grant is a university funded grant available to assist with tuition expenses for students who bring distinctive personal characteristics to St. Thomas and/or who have overcome significant obstacles or hardships.  Applicants must be seeking their first graduate degree at the University of St. Thomas.  Priority is given to applicants not receiving other institutional grants, scholarships, or discounts. The application can be found below. 

Application Criteria

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen seeking your first graduate degree at the University of St. Thomas.
  • You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have your FAFSA results sent to the University of St. Thomas (school code 002345) and demonstrate financial need as determined by the Graduate Access Grant Committee.  You must be in good standing and meet all federal aid requirements. 
  • You must complete the Graduate Access Grant application and attach a personal statement indicating your reasons for requesting the grant.
  • You must be meeting the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy standards at St. Thomas. 
  • A new application and personal statement is required each academic year. 


Newly admitted students beginning in fall must apply by August 1st.

Newly admitted students beginning in spring must apply by January 1st.

Newly admitted students beginning in summer must apply by April 1st.

Continuing students must apply/reapply for the grant each academic year by August 1st.

Contact Office

Graduate Financial Aid Office


*Funds for the 2023-2024 academic year (fall 2023 through summer 2024) have been exhausted.

The 2024-2025 Graduate Access Grant application should be available in May.