Outside Resources


Federal law and institutional policy require that need-based aid be adjusted when additional aid or outside resources are received.  To report an outside resource, please complete the Verification of Outside Awards form.

Outside resources are considered to be part of the need based award package. The only exception to this is for new students who are awarded an outside scholarship after May 1st in which case it will be applied towards any unmet need. We will assume scholarships are renewable from year to year unless you tell us otherwise.

If you receive need-based aid, outside awards cannot be used to reduce the family contribution.  Note that tuition-based scholarships and grants cannot exceed full tuition when combined, nor can all aid received exceed the estimated cost of attendance.  If there is an excess, GW awards will be adjusted to these limits.

Additionally please note that students cannot combine GW Employee Benefits or Tuition Exchange with Merit Awards, the GW Family Grant or University and Alumni Award.  In cases where a student is offered multiple awards which cannot be combined, the student will receive the largest award.

Other external tuition awards or benefits may be combined with these scholarships up to the cost of tuition. If the external tuition award and the award exceed the total cost of tuition, the GW award will be adjusted.


Federal law and institutional policy require that need-based aid be adjusted when additional aid or outside resources are received.  To report an outside resource, please complete the Verification of Outside Awards form.

Outside resources are considered to be part of the need based award package. The only exception to this is for new students who are awarded an outside scholarship after May 1st in which case it will be applied towards any unmet need. We will assume scholarships are renewable from year to year unless you tell us otherwise.

If you receive need-based aid, outside awards cannot be used to reduce the family contribution.  Note that tuition-based scholarships and grants cannot exceed full tuition when combined, nor can all aid received exceed the estimated cost of attendance.  If there is an excess, GW awards will be adjusted to these limits.

Additionally please note that students cannot combine GW Employee Benefits or Tuition Exchange with Merit Awards, the GW Family Grant or University and Alumni Award.  In cases where a student is offered multiple awards which cannot be combined, the student will receive the largest award.

Other external tuition awards or benefits may be combined with these scholarships up to the cost of tuition. If the external tuition award and the award exceed the total cost of tuition, the GW award will be adjusted.


Outside resources are funds designated to be used for educational purposes and awarded to students by offices or agencies other than the Office of Student Financial Assistance.  This may be the school, program, employer, scholarship agency or the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships. Outside resources must be reported to our office on  the Outside Resources Form.

We will monitor the addition of new aid sources applied to student accounts throughout the year. Graduate students awarded an outside resource after their application has been processed may experience a reduction of the loan amounts already processed and may be required to repay aid already disbursed and/or refunded to them. It is very important for students to notify our office immediately upon learning of any outside resource being received so that finances can be planned accordingly.

Examples of outside resources are:

  • Tuition Awards
  • Scholarships and Merit Awards
  • Endowments
  • Fellowships
  • Stipends
  • Assistantships
  • Tuition Remission and Reimbursement , even if awarded after grades are earned
  • Employee Benefits
  • AmeriCorps funding

The following are not considered sources of outside resources for graduate students and do not need to be reported to this office:

  • Veterans Educational Benefits including Yellow Ribbon and Post 9/11 funding
  • The Iraq & Afghanistan Service Grant
  • Wages or Salary