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Financing Your Education

  Tuition and Fees

Graduate tuition is calculated per credit hour. A full-time course load per semester is 9 or more credits (3-4 credits in a summer semester). A part-time load is 1-8 credits.

Tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $2,030 per graduate credit hour.

Students enrolled in joint degree programs may incur higher tuition costs. Tuition rates are subject to change according to the University of Miami Board of Trustees. Full details on tuition and fees can be found here.

  Scholarship Opportunities

Click on the links below to find helpful information about obtaining a scholarship and a list of external funding sources for prospective students of public health.

http://www.aspph.org/study/financing-your-degree/

http://www.publichealthonline.org/scholarships-and-grants/

  Merit Scholarship

All applicants to the MPH/MSPH program who apply by the application deadline are considered for a scholarship after being admitted to the program. Award recipients will be notified separately from their admission decision.

  Student Work Study

Many MPH/MSPH students work part-time to help support their education. Student positions are paid an hourly rate and students may work up to 20 hours per week. Student positions range from administrative to research assistant opportunities within the Department of Public Health Sciences, but opportunities are also available throughout the University of Miami. Teaching assistant positions are paid a stipend each semester and professors select their teaching assistants based on an applicants’ course performance.

Positions are announced to all students as opportunities become available, and students can search for student employment opportunities on JobX. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Employment or contact Megan Garber, Associate Director of Career Services and the student employment liaison for the Department of Public Health Sciences.

 

  MPH/MSPH Florida Resident Tuition Subsidy

MPH and MSPH students who are Florida residents may be eligible to receive the Florida Resident Tuition Subsidy.

To qualify for this aid, students must reside in Florida for 12 consecutive months for non-educational purposes before the semester of enrollment begins and must complete the Florida residency form. Students who receive tuition remission benefits for all or part of their tuition are not eligible.

Students must be enrolled in the MPH or MSPH program for the fall semester to receive funding. Distribution amounts are based on the number of registered full-pay credits in the fall semester. Only courses completed in EPH/BST qualify. Students admitted in the spring semester are not eligible for the subsidy until the following fall semester.

The number of credits that can be subsidized per student each academic year is dependent on the number of eligible students and available funds determined in August of each academic year.

Funding is distributed by Graduate Programs in Public Health (not the Office of Financial Assistance or Student Accounting). Please direct all questions to the Department of Public Health Sciences.

  International Student Support

International students who do not have permanent residency in the United States should contact their local EducationUSA Advising Center for resources specific to your nationality.

 

Office of Financial Assistance

The Office of Financial Assistance is responsible for administering federal financial assistance for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application to be considered for financial assistance. Graduate students must accept their offer of admission and register for classes prior to receiving their financial assistance package. Graduate students are packaged in mid-summer. Contact the Office of Financial Assistance directly at (305) 284-5212 or at OFAS@miami.edu for application forms and deadlines.


  Applying for Aid as a Graduate Professional

1. Apply through SOPHAS as a degree-seeking student.
2. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
a. Federal School Code is 001536.
b. Create an FSA ID and Password at fsaid.ed.gov.
c. FAFSA may be completed as early as October 1.
3. Accept/Decline Aid in CaneLink.
a. Students will be awarded financial aid based on an estimated full-time cost of attendance assuming the student will be enrolled full time (enrollment of 9 credit hours). Before the start of the term the Office of Financial Assistance and Employment will adjust each student’s Cost of Attendance based on their actual tuition charges and if necessary reduce their financial aid.

b. An increase in enrollment may require additional funding. Please submit requests to gradprof.finaid@miami.edu.

4. Complete Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling for both the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Graduate PLUS Loan before loan funds can be disbursed. 

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans are federal student loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education. These loans are available to most graduate students with a maximum per year limit of $20,500.
  • Graduate PLUS Loans are federal loans that graduate or professional degree students and parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay education expenses. These loans are available to eligible borrowers and are based on the credit score of the student and if applicable, their co-signer(s). PLUS loans can pay for any unmet need (tuition and living expenses).

  Repayment Plans

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full time by certain public service employers. Many public health careers qualify for this program. For more information, visit this website: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan helps keep your monthly student loan payments affordable and usually has the lowest monthly payment amount of the repayment plans that are based on your income. For more information visit this website: Pay As You Earn