Financial Aid

Graduate Programs

Federal Loans
Federal Direct Loans are available to students who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are enrolled at least half-time (6 credits).


  • Annual Loan Limit  $20,500
  • Current Interest Rate  6.54%  effective July 1, 2022 - July 1, 2023
  • Current Loan Fee 1.057%  effective July 1, 2020 - July 1, 2023
  • Resource for complete program information

Application Process

  1. Accept loan in student portal  (select My Self-Service, Financial Aid Counseling - navigate to My Awards or Review & Accept your Financial Aid Award Package)
  2. Complete a Master Promissory Note - (only if you have never completed one or it has expired)
  3. Complete Entrance Counseling - Only if you have never borrowed through the federal program.

ALL steps must be complete before the loan can be disbursed to a students account.

IMPORTANT:  Any loans that are not accepted or steps are incomplete will be canceled after July 15th.  These can be reinstated after all steps have been completed but requires communication with the Financial Aid Office.


  • Current Interest Rate 7.54% effective July 1, 2022 - July 1, 2023
  • Current Loan Fee 4.228% effective July 1, 2020 - July 1, 2023
  • Resource for complete program information

Application Process

  1. Complete the Graduate Plus Loan Application
  2. Complete a Master Promissory Note for Direct PLUS Loans- (only if you have never completed one or it has expired)
Private Loans
Private loans can help bridge the gap between the actual cost of your education and the amount of financial aid you are receiving.  This type of loan may require a credit-worthy co-signer.
Selecting a Lender

ElmSelect is an interactive tool that allows you to compare loans offered by private loan lenders.  Please click the button below to launch this tool.  Please select graduate for your program type so you see only the loans available to you.

ElmSelect Logo launches lender search tool

The Loan Process
  1. The student applies for a loan with the lender of their choice.
  2. If the loan is approved, the lender sends the college an electronic certification request.
  3. Once received, the loan is applied to the student’s account as pending until the funds are received from the lender.
  4. Funds will be disbursed to student accounts no earlier that two weeks before the start of classes.
Borrowing Limits

Students may borrow up to the school’s cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received including federal loans borrowed.

Loan Period Dates

Private loan applications require a requested loan period.  Use the following dates to indicate what semesters you are intending to borrow for.  Incomplete or extended loan periods may result in a delay in processing.

2022 - 2023                                    

Fall - Winter        6/16/2022 - 6/9/2023

Fall Only             6/16/2022 - 12/9/2022

Winter Only        1/3/2023 - 6/9/2023

IMPORTANT:  Federal student loans are typically less expensive and offer better terms than private student loans.  You should always exhaust your eligibility for federal student loans before using private loans.  

*Neither Alma College nor the Financial Aid Office promotes, endorses or recommends any of these loan products or lenders.



Forms and Resources
This online library contains forms and other resources that may be necessary or helpful during the financial aid process.
Consent Form for Disclosure

If you would like someone to be able to call on our behalf and discuss your account, please complete the form.  Add the names of those who have permission to receive this information.  Be sure to share your security answer and PIN with those individuals, as they will be required to provide this information before we can discuss your account in detail.

Financial Aid Secure Document Upload  

This is where you should upload any sensitive documents that have been requested.


Deadlines and Updates

File your FAFSA annually by March 1st.  Alma College’s School Code is 002236.

  • Students who have filed a FAFSA will receive an electronic award offer by June 1st. This notice will be sent to your student e-mail account and the offer is viewable in your student portal.

MFA - Creative Writing Academic Calendar

Program Costs
2022 - 2023 Financing Options

MFA in Creative Writing  - Tuition and Fees Information

MS in Communication and Information Technology - Costs Below:

2022 - 23 
Tuition for this program is $770 per credit hour plus an administrative fee of $52 per credit. There is a one-time $300 enrollment deposit fee. All classes in the program are 3 credits.
Cost for a 3-credit class: $2,466
Total cost for program (36 credits): $29,592
FA Policies and Consumer Information
General Policy Notice

Alma College reserves the right to change its scholarship and aid policies at any time. Written or verbal representations by anyone contradictory to the policies stated here and in the Alma College academic catalog are not binding.

Alma College Student Consumer Information 
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy  SAP
Graduate International Student Aid Options
Federal Student Aid

To receive federal financial aid, you must be a citizen of the United States or have lawful permanent resident status.

The standard documentation for a permanent resident of the United States is the Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551, since 1997) or Resident Alien Card (Form I-551, before 1997).

You are not eligible for federal financial aid if:

  • You have only a Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence (I-717 or I-464)
  • You are in the United States on only a F1 or F2 student visa
  • You are in the United States on only a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa
Other Sources of Aid

Non-United State citizens or those not having a lawful permanent resident status will not be considered for U.S. federal loans and are encouraged to seek out financing options through a financial banking institution by way of a private loan that includes a U.S. co-signer.

You may also seek outside scholarships.