Finding a way to afford graduate school is not always easy and often takes creativity, planning, and support.

Our Financial Aid Office is here to provide you with the necessary resources and guidance to navigate the financial aid student loan process.  The first step to applying for financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Presidio Graduate School’s Federal Code is 042355. Applicants can apply for financial aid prior to receiving an admissions decision.

Students are eligible to receive aid up to their cost of attendance. To learn more about the type and terms of federal student loans available, contact Divya Srinivasan in the Financial Aid Office at 415-655-8918 or at divya.srinivasan@presidio.edu

Veterans Financial Aid Programs

To help veterans fund their education expenses, Presidio Graduate School participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program. 

Post-9/11 GI Bill®

Also known as Chapter 33 education benefits program this program provides funding for tuition, required fees, books and housing for eligible veterans. 

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program covers eligible veteran students’ expenses above the GI Bill cap of $24,476 for the 2019-20 academic year. Veterans must have 100% eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. Eligible applicants will be automatically considered for this program after being accepted.   

For more information or questions on veteran benefits, please contact Veterans Support Services at va@presidio.edu or Admissions Services admissions@presidio.edu

Scholarships and Fellowships

Presidio Graduate School offers a select number of scholarships and fellowships made possible by generous supporters of our mission and institutional funds to assist our students with financial support. Priority is given to full-time students.

To be considered for a PGS scholarship for the upcoming semester, candidates must complete the admissions application process and submit the PGS Scholarship Request Form.  Award notifications will be sent to accepted students before the next admissions decision deadline.

Founders Fund Scholarship

Eligibility: Full time and part-time degree-seeking students with a GPA above 3.0

Quantity Available: Based on available funds

The Founders Fund provides tuition assistance through merit and need-based scholarships. It was created to honor the vision, dedication, and commitment of our school’s incredible founders: Richard (Dick) M. Gray, Jill Bamburg, Gifford Pinchot III, Libba Pinchot, and Steven Swig.

John Spiekhout Fellowship for Civic Leadership & Social Justice

Eligibility: Full-time MPA or Dual Degree students maintaining a GPA above 3.0 

Quantity Available: Maximum of three awards granted per year

John Spiekhout was born on a small farm in Iowa and during the depression moved to Roseland, IL, on the south side of Chicago. First an apprentice and then a sheet metal worker, John was a skilled tradesman who built a small business enabling him to hire and train many of his neighbors. As a lifelong community-builder, Mr. Spiekhout believed in hard work, equal opportunity, kindness, and integrity. His strong, blue-collar values inspired him to support numerous charities and civic initiatives throughout his life.

This support is made possible by a gift from his family to honor his legacy. Applicants with financial need and/or from underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply

Award Criteria:

  • The student shows a commitment to civic engagement, and/or community organizing for social justice
  • The student has a desire to innovate and implement solutions for sustainability as a function of financial, social, and environmental justice

Commitment Requirement of Fellows:

  • Lead a PGS community event posing a “Call to Action” that creates forward motion in social justice.

Create and submit a 3 to 10-minute informational video, approved for posting on the PGS website, that inspires a wide range of community members to join the cause.

Segal AmeriCorps Matching Education Fund Award

Eligibility: Full-time students maintaining a GPA above 3.0

Quantity Available: Matching award up to $5000, maximum three awards granted per year

Award Criteria:

After successfully completing your AmeriCorps term of service, you are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at Presidio Graduate School. This matching award will be awarded to a select number of incoming students and will match your award up to $5000. This matching award is available through the generous gift of Suzanne Farver and is open to all recipients of the Segal AmeriCorps Educational Fund used towards their tuition at Presidio Graduate School.

To learn more about the Segal AmeriCorps Matching Education Fund, please click here.

 Additional Scholarship/Fellowship Resources

Additional scholarships may also be found through third-party online search sites and organizations, some examples are listed here*:

Notice: Presidio Graduate School does not sanction or endorse any company or organization providing scholarship funds. These are posted strictly as a courtesy in an effort to assist students looking for additional sources of funding. Each website has been reviewed, however, no in-depth background checks are performed on individual companies. We advise students to use good judgment when submitting applications. Please be aware of the potential for online scholarship scams and please contact our office immediately to report suspicious behavior.