Graduate School of Professional Psychology Scholarships

The cost of obtaining your Master of Arts or Doctorate degree will vary based on your intended area of concentration.

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and donors, the Graduate School of Professional Psychology is able to offer merit-based scholarships to a select number of students admitted to the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Merit scholarships are awarded to candidates on a competitive basis. The applicant pool determines the size and number of award.   Alumni discounts are also available for licensure and degree-seeking candidates. 

These scholarships are in addition to the other forms of financial aid that may be available to you through the FAFSA and federal award process. 

Scholarships & Grants:

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) has been able to offer merit-based tuition awards on a competitive basis to a select number of students admitted. These merit-based awards are determined after a review of an applicant's admission file, including previous transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and personal interview. Maximum awards are $10,000 per student for recipients who are admitted (see the section on Awarding for the disbursement schedule). The amount of funding available for awards each academic year is variable and has not yet been determined. 

Alumni Discounts:

Newly admitted University of St. Thomas alumni will receive a 15% discount for enrollment in GSPP coursework when they are enrolled in a GSPP degree program or licensure courses.

If you are awarded a merit-based scholarship and are also a St. Thomas Alumni, you will be awarded the higher of the two awards.

Graduate Assistantships:

Current Graduate School of Professional Psychology students have an opportunity each August to apply for graduate assistantships that pay $15.00 an hour for 5-10 hours a week. Students will be notified by mid-September if they have been selected.  The work period for a graduate assistant is typically from the end of September to the end of the spring term.  Students must reapply every year. 

How do I apply for scholarship opportunities?

All candidates for degree-seeking programs will be considered for merit-based scholarships if all required materials are submitted by the posted admissions application deadlines.

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

No, anyone is eligible to apply for merit-based scholarships. 

 When will I learn whether or not I receive financial assistance?

Award recipients will be notified of their scholarship awards in their offer of admissions letter. 

Notification regarding additional financial aid options (e.g., student loans) will vary depending upon the date of your FAFSA application. Please contact the Graduate Financial Aid office if you have questions.


Are the merit-based scholarships the same as federal financial aid?

Merit-based scholarships are distinct from federal financial aid, and are in addition to any financial aid you may receive through the standard FAFSA process. We work closely with the Graduate Financial Aid office to ensure full integration of your award(s), and how they will impact your total cost of attendance. In addition, merit-based scholarships offered through the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling are not loans; there is no repayment required.

You will receive notice of these two sets of funding separately, depending upon when you apply. Please contact the Graduate Finanical Aid office if you have any questions.

When will I receive my funds?

Your financial assistance will be distributed over the course of your program as explained below. Each applicable term, the award will be applied to your tuition bill. You will not need to take any action to request the distribution. If you have questions, our financial aid team is ready to assist you and can explain how this will impact the cost of your program.

How much money can I expect to receive?

Maximum awards for merit-based scholarship recipients admitted are $10,000 per student; other recipients may have received a lesser amount.  Each applicant pool will determine the size and number of awards. The amount disbursed in any one term may not exceed the tuition billed for that term. Unused award money may not be applied to future terms. 

For example, a Master's student who receives an $8,000 merit-based scholarship will see their award applied to their tuition bill over 4 semesters only in fall and spring semesters (at a rate of $2,000 per semester) over two consecutive academic years.  A Doctorate student who receives an $8,000 merit-based scholarship will see their award applied to their tuition bill over 6 semesters only in fall and spring semesters (at a rate of $1,333 per semester) over three academic years. The financial aid office can assist you if you have more questions.

Can I take a semester off?

Your award is applied equally to your tuition bill in each fall and spring semester of your first two (MA) or three (PsyD) years in your program.  The expectation is that you will be enrolled continuously as you progress toward completion. If students choose to take a term off, they may forfeit the funds for that term.  However, if life events occur, students can submit a petition via their program advisor for program interruption. 

What is my total program cost?

Your total program cost will vary depending on your program and total number of credits needed for completion. If you have questions on costs or tuition for your specific program, please work with your program advisor, or contact the program manager for your area of study.

What determines my award amount for merit scholarships?

Merit-based scholarships are determined based on a range of criteria assessed within your application for admission: mission fit, writing ability, previous academic performance, and additional criteria depending on the program to which you are applying.

How can I find additional scholarships and grants to help fund my graduate degree?

There are several other sources of funding available to graduate students nationwide. Below are a few search tools that can provide you with additional options:


What (if any) additional scholarships are available to current students?

Graduate students seeking a degree and taking courses at the University of St. Thomas who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA and who bring to the University of St. Thomas distinctive personal characteristics and/or who have overcome significant obstacles or hardships can apply for a Graduate Access Grant

Shanti Sah Emergency Grant

We have reached our distribution limit for the Shanti Sah Emergency Grant for this academic year. We hope to offer this grant again next year. Please check back for updates. We encourage you to re-apply if and when the grant is offered again.

This grant provides financial support to undergraduate (junior or senior status) and graduate students who are experiencing significant financial barriers to their education in the Morrison Family College of Health. The grant is for students from underrepresented populations who are currently enrolled in a degree-granting program within the College of Health. Learn more and apply.