Finance Your Education
Affordability is a quality that distinguishes the University at Albany School of Public Health from other accredited Public Health Schools. We consistently offer our students low tuition fees complemented with a competitive and unique education in public health.
The School of Public Health offers several scholarships to incoming students who demonstrate merit and meet eligibility criteria. Students who wish to be considered for one of these awards must submit a complete application for entry into the School of Public Health by the stated program deadline.
The David Axelrod Fellowship
The David Axelrod Fellowship
is awarded annually to one entering MPH or MS student on the basis of academic merit and commitment to and interest in public service and public health policy. The award provides a full tuition scholarship at the New York State rate and $10,000 for the first academic year of study. Applicants must indicate in the SOPHAS application that they are applying for this award, and submit all degree application materials by February 1 to be considered.
The William Randolph Hearst Fellowship
The William Randolph Hearst Fellowshipis awarded annually to one entering MPH or MS student on the basis of academic merit and commitment to and interest in serving an underrepresented community. The award provides a partial tuition scholarship at the New York State rate and $5,000 - $10,000 for the first academic year of study.
Applicants must be a US citizen and a member of one of the following under-represented racial groups:
• African-American: a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa
• Latino: a person having origins in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Caribbean, Central America or South America.
• Native American: a person descended from any of the original peoples of North America and who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition (includes American Indians and Alaskan Natives).
• Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Applicants must indicate in the SOPHAS application that they are applying for this award, and submit all application materials by March1 to be considered.
The CDPHP Scholars Program
The CDPHP Scholars Program was established by the Capital District Physician’s Health Plan to provide scholarship support for incoming graduate students pursuing a masters degree in the School of Public Health. The CDPHP Scholars Programs provides outstanding candidates with a $5,000 scholarship for the first academic year of study. Recipients must demonstrate academic achievement and be pursuing am MPH or MS degree through either the Department of Health Policy and Management or the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, with a demonstrated interest in health administration, health promotion or epidemiology. Applicants must be a New York State resident, with preference given to students who currently reside in one of the 24 counties served by CDPHP: Albany, Broome, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Orange, Otesgo, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Tioga, Ulster, Warren, Washington.
Carson Carr Diversity Assistantships
Carson Carr Diversity Teaching/Graduate Assistantships are award to entering underrepresented or disadvantaged students pursuing a PhD, DrPH, MPH or MS degree, with priority given to doctoral students. The stipend and tuition award varies depending upon degree and program. The award is renewable up to four years for doctoral students and three years for masters students. To be considered, students must indicate in the SOPHAS application that they are applying for this award and submit the Carson Carr supplemental application. All School of Public Health application materials must be received by the deadline of the degree to which the student is applying to receive priority consideration.
Carson Carr Supplemental Assistantship Application
The Birkhead Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Gus Birkhead, Deputy Commissioner and Director of the Office of Mental Health, New York State Department of Health, for the purpose of promoting academic excellence in public health. The scholarship seeks to support a second year MPH or MS student with a strong passion for public health, and an interest in working in a local, state, or federal public health agency. To be considered, students must submit the Birkhead Scholarship application and required essay no later than March 1.
Birkhead Scholarship Application
The Persily Scholarship is awarded to a University at Albany student with demonstrated financial need. To be considered, students must submit all School of Public Health application materials by March 1. No supplemental application is required.
Doctoral Student Graduate/Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships
Funding for PhD students varies by semester and by department. Graduate assistantships are awarded to incoming PhD students based on merit. No supplemental application is required. Questions regarding research, teaching, or graduate assistantships should be directed to the program to which the student is applying.
Presidential Health Disparities Fellowship
Students pursuing any PhD or DrPH program at the University at Albany may apply for a Presidential Health Disparities Fellowship, through the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities. Students must meet eligibility criteria and be nominated by their department.
University at Albany Funding Opportunities
The University at Albany provides various funding opportunities to ensure graduate study is affordable. To find out more about these opportunities, which include need-based financial assistance, administrative assistantships, and special graduate funding opportunities, visit Funding Graduate Education.
Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow Funding
Full-time employees at a New York State local health department or the New York State Department of Health, who are enrolled in a public health graduate program in the School of Public Health, may apply for tuition assistance from the Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow (PHLOT) program. Information on eligibility criteria and how to apply for a tuition award is available on the PHLOT web page.
Academic Year Opportunities
The School of Public Health Internship and Career Services Office provides students with information about part-time jobs, graduate assistantships, student assistant positions, fellowships, and grants which become available during the academic year. This information is provided to all matriculated School of Public Health students via a weekly email newsletter. Many students also receive funding while completing their MPH internship, either through an internship fellowship with is applied directly to the student account to cover the cost of tuition, fees and living expenses associated with the internship, or as a student assistant paid directly by the internship organization.
The University at Albany and the School of Public Health maintain several sites with links to external funding opportunities, which students are encouraged to explore.
Graduate Education External Funding
School of Public Health External Funding
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH): How to Finance your Degree
The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) provides extensive information and tips on how to find scholarships on their Financing Your Degree website. ASPPH has also produced an informative webinar on How to Finance Your Public Health Degree.
Students are encouraged to start the process of searching for financial support as early as possible as most scholarships deadlines are October, November and December, before the application deadlines for most academic programs.
How to Apply for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)
Students who are considering attendance at the University at Albany can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), listing the University at Albany School code 002835, prior to being admitted to the University.
The Office of Financial Aid will only send financial aid award notices to students who have been accepted for admission into a University at Albany graduate degree program and are registered for 6 or more credits. Graduate students must be matriculated into a degree program and enrolled for at least 6 credits to qualify for Federal Stafford Loans.
MPH students should include in the initial application the need for summer financial aid to help cover the costs of the 6 credit summer internship, which is typically completed over the summer between their first and second year of study. Please note that the Office Financial Aid is not able to provide graduate students with financial aid eligibility prior to confirming acceptance. If you wish to determine your aid eligibility before confirming acceptance, please contact the Office of Financial Aid directly at 518-442-3202 and they will be happy to assist you. For more information on Federal and New York aid programs and access to financial forms please visit The Office of Financial Aid.
Graduate students admitted as "non-degree" are only eligible for federal aid if they are taking approved University at Albany undergraduate courses required for admission into a University at Albany graduate degree program.
Your registration status for financial aid depends on the number of enrolled credits. The exceptions to this are 1 credit 899 dissertation credits, which count as a full-time academic load. While the 1 credit dissertation credit allows graduate students to be eligible for financial aid, the estimated cost of attendance is based on the cost of one tuition credit.
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|Less Than 6
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*9 credits is considered full time for individuals who have a Graduate Assistantship position.
How to Accept Your Financial Aid
Most financial aid awards require an acceptance decision by the aid recipient before the aid can be processed further. If you have been awarded a Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford loan, you must notify financial aid of the amount you accept. If you choose to decline an award, you must inform financial aid of this decision.
At the University at Albany, students accept, reduce and decline their financial aid awards online through the My Financial Aid section of MyUAlbany. Instructions for accepting, reducing and declining aid are mailed with Financial Aid Award Notices. The self-service instructions guide students through logging on to MyUAlbany, navigating to their My Financial Aid page, and accepting, reducing or declining their award offer.
Award acceptance instructions are available in the Self-Service Instructions section of the Forms and Publications page of the Financial Aid website.
For more information on Federal and New York aid programs and access to financial forms please visit The Office of Financial Aid.