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 priority application deadline or stated deadline associated with the scholarship, whichever is earlier.

Tuition and Cost of Attendance

At the University at Albany, you will find both a lower tuition rate and a lower cost of living compared to most major metropolitan areas. The in-state tuition rate is $462 per credit and non-resident rate is $944 per credit.  The tuition rate for students exclusively enrolled in the fully online MPH or of fully online certificate programs is $462 per credit for NYS residents and $555 per credit for non-residents.

Visit the Office of Student Accounts for a complete list of tuition and fees to attend the University at Albany.


David Axelrod Fellowship: Awarded annually to one entering MPH or MS student on the basis of academic merit, financial need and commitment to a career in public health. Applicants must apply by January 15 to be considered.

William Randolph Hearst Fellowship: 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. Applicants must be a member of one of the following underrepresented groups: African-American; Latino; Native American/Alaska Native; Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.

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. 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 Teaching/Graduate Assistantships are awarded 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 wish to be considered, and must submit all School of Public Health application materials and the Carson Carr supplemental application and essay by January 15 or the priority deadline of the degree to which the student is applying, whichever is earlierCarson Carr Diversity Fellowship Application.

Presidential Doctoral Fellowships for Research Training in Health Disparities are awarded to entering PhD or DrPH students at the University at Albany who wish to receive transdisciplinary training in health disparities.  Students seeking admission to the fellowship program must also be an applicant to a doctoral program at the University at Albany.  The applicant must be accepted and nominated by their doctoral program, and must provide the fellowship program with a one page essay on their interest in health disparities issues and research no later then February 21.  Visit for more information on the fellowship program and application process. 

The Adell Y. Smith HANYS Healthcare Leadership Scholarship: Awarded to a graduate student interested in pursuing a career in healthcare or healthcare management. The Donor's first preference is that the recipient(s) is an African-American female student, with second preference of a female student from an underrepresented population. Adell Y. Smith established this endowed scholarship with appreciation to HANYS (Healthcare Association of NYS) for her 28 years of service, to encourage students toward leadership roles, and to promote diversity within healthcare and healthcare management.

Nancy Alfred Persily Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to a University at Albany student with demonstrated financial need, with preference given to public health majors.

Edward & Frances Gildea George Scholarships: Awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence.

Birkhead Scholarship: Awarded to an MPH or MS student entering their second year.  The Birkhead Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Gus Birkhead, Deputy Commissioner and Director of the Office of Public Health, New York State Department of Health, for the purpose of promoting academic excellence in public health. The scholarship seeks to support a student with a strong passion for public service.  To be considered, students must meet eligibility criteria as defined on the scholarship application, and submit the Birkhead Scholarship Application and required essay.

Janet D. Perloff Scholarship: Awarded to an MSW/MPH student in the joint degree program in Social Welfare and Public Health who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership and an interest in a career which combines public health and social welfare. The scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Janet Perloff, who was the School of Social Welfare Dean for Research and a profession of Social Welfare and Public Health.  Submit the Perloff Scholarship Application for consideration no later than June 21.

Doctoral Student Graduate/Teaching Assistantships

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.  Decisions are made by the individual department and students will be notified by the department if they are selected to receive an assistantship.

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 Funding Opportunities

Many students find an assistantship or part-time job once they are enrolled in the School of Public Health. The SPH 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 which 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. The Office of Financial Aid provides newly accepted graduate students with financial aid eligibility packages in mid March. Students who wish to determine eligibility earlier should contact the Office of Financial Aid directly at or 518-442-3202.  Graduate students must be matriculated into a degree program and enrolled for at least 5 credits to qualify for Federal Stafford Loans.

Students should include in the 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.  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.

Enrolled Credits Registration Status
9 or more Full Time
5 Half Time
Less Than 5 Less Than Half Time


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.