Types of Aid
Suffolk students achieve their graduate education goals through a combination of personal funds, scholarships and grants, loans, employer sponsorships, and external funding.
There are three main forms of financial aid available to Suffolk graduate students through the Office of Student Financial Services:
- Grants and scholarships (no repayment required)
- Loans (offered under terms of repayment, normally with interest)
- Employment (usually a job within the University)
A student may be offered financial aid in any of the above forms, or in a combination referred to as a “package.”
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships and grants are awards based on academic achievement, program of study, work experience, and/or financial need (based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – FAFSA) and do not need to be repaid.
We encourage you to review the options available and seek out all opportunities, including external scholarships.
Visit Student Financial Services to view awards financial aid applicants are automatically considered for.
Loan & Financing Options
Federal student loans are offered by the U.S. Department of Education to students who complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants must include Suffolk University on their FAFSA by using school code 002218. Additionally, students may seek out alternative educational loans through private lenders.
Visit Student Financial Services to view graduate loan and financing options.
Student employment isn’t just a method of financing your education—it can help build your resume and professional relationships around campus.
Graduate students assume a wide range of job responsibilities and provide support in numerous areas including clerical, customer service, research, administrative, student services, and enrollment management.
Alumni Scholarships and Discounts
Suffolk University alumni enrolling in on-campus Sawyer Business School and College of Arts & Sciences graduate degree programs are eligible for generous scholarships. Alumni of our bachelor’s degree programs enrolling in Sawyer Business School online graduate degree and certificate programs are eligible for a 10% tuition discount. Learn more about alumni scholarships and the benefits of becoming a Double Ram.
Research assistant positions are open to any full-time CAS student in good standing through the Faculty Research Assistant Program (FRAP). Applicants interview with and are selected by the supervising faculty member. Students interested in applying for an FRAP position with a CAS faculty member should consult the CAS Research Assistant List for job description and faculty contact information.
View the CAS Faculty Research Assistant positions [PDF] for the 2021-22 academic year.
Teaching Assistant funding is provided through the Teaching Assistant Program (TAP) to full-time CAS undergraduates with senior status or full-time graduate students in CAS graduate programs. TA candidates must be in good academic standing; a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The TA award is based on a maximum 10-hour per week commitment for the 15-week fall semester.
TA applicants interview with and are selected by the supervising faculty member. Students interested in applying for a TA position with a CAS faculty member should consult the CAS Teaching Assistant List, for course descriptions and faculty contact information.
Students will be awarded employment funding if selected for a CAS Teaching Assistant position, so no prior employment award is needed.
Some administrative offices offer fellowship opportunities to graduate students, often for the entire academic year. The Graduate Fellowship Opportunities listing is updated as new positions become available.
Please note the following:
- Fellowships consist of a grant and employment award. The recipient may not reject the employment portion of the award and keep the grant portion. Students must work their required weekly hours or risk having the grant reduced or revoked. The grant portion of the award is directly credited to the recipient’s tuition account; the employment award is paid through bi-weekly paychecks.
- Fellowships are only awarded for the fall and spring semesters; summer funding is not available.
- In order to begin working, additional employment paperwork must be completed (including authorization, I-9, W-4, direct deposit form, etc.).
- Fellowships are typically renewable for up to four full-time semesters, provided the recipient meets the renewal requirements (e.g., satisfactory job performance, academic progress, enrollment status, etc.).
- A student may only accept one fellowship, and all students are limited to a maximum of 20 hours of employment per week.
- If a student receives a CAS merit grant and a full-time Administrative fellowship, the CAS grant will be reduced by 50%.
- If a student receives a CAS merit grant and a part-time Administrative fellowship, the CAS grant will be reduced by 25%.
- SBS Graduate Grants may be impacted if the recipient is awarded an Administrative Fellowship. Contact the Student Financial Services Office for details.
Your Graduate Fellowship award consists of a grant and employment. The grant portion of the award will be credited directly to your tuition account, with half the amount posted each semester.
If you choose to accept the Fellowship Employment, it will be paid to you in a bi-weekly paycheck via direct deposit.
Fellowship placement information and paperwork will be mailed to students along with their award letter by the Office of Student Financial Services. The Sawyer Business School Dean’s Office will coordinate the placement of students in their respective departments. It is imperative that students return their employment placement paperwork to the Dean’s Office in a timely manner to ensure that they are provided with a department assignment.
If you received an employment award of $6,200 for the year, your estimated weekly hours are as follows:
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If you received an employment award of $4,650 for the year, your estimated weekly hours are as follows:
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If you received an employment award of $3,100 for the year, your estimated weekly hours are as follows:
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Renewal of Sawyer Business school fellowships is possible based on satisfactory performance and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Please note, fellowship awards are available to full-time students for only two consecutive years (four semesters), provided they meet all renewal requirements.
In addition, if you graduate, withdraw, take a leave of absence, or enroll below half-time status, you are no longer entitled to this funding. A change in your enrollment status can impact your award, so be sure to check your award letter for the required enrollment status and register for the appropriate credits prior to the close of each “Add/Drop period”. If renewed, fellowship amounts remain the same and will not be revised to reflect any annual tuition increase.
Partner ProgramsSuffolk University partners with outside organizations to expand financial aid options for working professionals and Peace Corps Volunteers. Through these partnerships, students are eligible for discounted tuition in Suffolk graduate degree programs that deepen their knowledge, expand their skillsets, and advance their careers.
Continue on your path of global engagement, public service, and social justice through Suffolk's Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.
Suffolk University highly values the experience of and skills of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs).
The application fee will be waived for all RPCVs applying to the Coverdell Fellows program.
All accepted Fellows will be awarded a scholarship equivalent to at least 30% of their tuition charges (some students may be eligible for a higher merit-based award). Awards will renew up to a total of four semesters for full-time enrollment or eight semesters for part-time enrollment (minimum of 6 credits per semester). Scholarships are available for the fall and spring semesters only.
As part of their studies, Coverdell Fellows will complete an internship at a site that (a) benefits an underserved population, (b) complements the curriculum of the graduate program, and (c) aligns with the students’ goals.
Participating Graduate Programs
The following graduate programs are approved to accept Coverdell Fellows:
College of Arts & Sciences
- Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling
- Master of Science in Crime & Justice Studies
- Master of Arts in Applied Politics
- Master of Arts in Global Public Policy
Sawyer Business School
- Master of Healthcare Administration
- Master of Public Administration
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Science in Accounting
- Master of Science in Taxation
Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have satisfactorily completed their Peace Corps service. Admission decisions are based on a number of factors, including prior academic performance, relevant experience (e.g. your time volunteering with the Peace Corps, professional work experience, etc.), test scores (if required), the goal statement (essay), recommendations, and your fit in the program. For a full list of application requirements, please visit the Application Requirements page as well as the specific degree program pages (see above).
As part of Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions, Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School offers a 10 percent discount on all eligible graduate degree and non-degree programs and a $10,000 tuition reduction for the Executive MBA Program.
*For an additional $50 application fee waiver, please contact Suffolk’s Graduate Admission prior to submitting your application.
Why Sawyer Business School?
Because school shouldn’t interrupt your work. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, we offer practical graduate degrees that open doors for career advancement. From the moment you set foot on one of our campuses, you’ll start building your resume and professional network. In the classroom, you’ll get hands-on experience with consulting projects, where you'll solve real-life challenges and present to business executives. Outside the classroom, you’ll have access to networking events, professional workshops, and dedicated career mentors.
Get a head start on your career journey today.
1. Choose the program that’s right for you
If you do not see your program of interest in the lists below, contact the Office of Graduate Admission.
MBA On campus and online
MS in Accounting (MSA) On campus and online
MS in Finance (MSF)
MS in Marketing (MSM)
MS in Taxation (MST)
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) On campus and online
MS in Business Analytics (MSBA) On campus and online
Master in Management Studies (MMS)
MBA/MS in Business Analytics
MPA/MA in Applied Politics
MPA/MA in Global Public Policy
MPA/MS in Mental Health Counseling
MPA/MS in Crime and Justice Studies
Non-Degrees and Certificate Programs
Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance (GCCF)
Graduate Certificate in in Finance (GCF)
Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management & Leadership (GCHML)
Graduate Certificate in Leading Teams and Projects
Graduate Certificate in Managerial Skills
Graduate Certificate in Managing Talent
Graduate Certificate in Marketing Research
Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management (GCNM)
Graduate Certificate in Risk Management (GCRM)
Graduate Certificate in State & Local Government (GCSLG)
Management Advancement Professional Studies (Enroll in up to two approved courses for the MBA, MMS, MSA, MSBA, MSF, MSM, or MST before formally applying).
Continuing and Professional Studies Program (Take up to two MPA or MHA courses before applying).
2. Introduce yourselfComplete the form at the bottom of this page to receive additional information.
If you prefer, you can contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 617-573-8302 or email us. Please identify yourself as a candidate through Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions.
3. What to do after you apply and are admitted
At the time of application and upon receiving an offer of admission, please ensure that your education benefits have been approved for Suffolk University through the Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions process via your HR department.
Once Suffolk University receives this confirmation from Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions, your program-specific tuition reduction will be applied to your student account. Please note that Suffolk University must receive confirmation of your benefits eligibility from Bright Horizons before the start of classes each semester in order for the discount to be applied.
*Note: For all graduate degrees, the discount applies to tuition fees only. Discounts cannot be combined with other University funding and will not be applied retroactively.
Contact the Sawyer Business School Graduate Programs Office.
Currently Enrolled/Returning Students
Call 617-305-1941 or email us and indicate that you are an employee of a Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions-affiliated company and are interested in obtaining benefits. Please note that tuition reduction is effective for enrollment in future academic terms and will not be applied retroactively.
Suffolk University’s Partner Scholarship Program (PSP) offers employees and members of partner organizations a 20% tuition reduction on any on-campus master’s degree, dual degree, or graduate certificate program. Members or employees enrolling in online degree programs are eligible for a 10% reduction.
Employees must remain employed by the partner organization, or in active membership standing, in order to receive the tuition reduction each semester.
Find out if your employer is a current partner--view our list of partner organizations.
In appreciation for military service, Suffolk University provides military education assistance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.
Visit Military Students & Families Admission to learn more about your education benefits.