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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships

Presidio Graduate School offers both need-based and merit-based scholarships to assist both new and current students as they balance the costs of their graduate education. We are proud to recognize the achievements of incoming students who embody Presidio’s core values by demonstrating ethical leadership, an exceptional commitment to equity and inclusion, promotion of social justice, and a drive for sustainability.

Explore our scholarship opportunities below or set up a call with our Admissions Team to learn more about payment plans, financial aid, or how to finance your graduate degree.

Who is the Economic Access Scholarship for?

At Presidio, we believe that no qualified students are turned away due to lack of funding. The economic access scholarship is an aid fund available to new and continuing students who demonstrate financial need based on the Economic Access Scholarship Application, which includes a 500-word “Personal Statement of Financial Need. We encourage anyone feeling the financial stress of paying for higher education to apply for this scholarship.

How do I apply as a new student?

  • Step 1: Complete your admissions application.
  • Step 2: To apply for the Economic Access Scholarship, students must provide the following through our scholarship application form:
    • A 500-word statement that attests to your economic circumstances and provides clear examples of the financial hurdles that would prevent you from pursuing your degree without earning this scholarship.
  • Step 3:  Our Scholarships Committee will review your application and statement, and reach out to inform you of any awards granted based on the documentation provided (including the estimated family contribution per FAFSA® and/or the circumstances shared in your scholarship statement).

What is the typical Economic Access Scholarship award?

While the exact value of the Economic Access Scholarship varies, awards typically vary between 10-20% of program tuition.

Availability and renewal

This scholarship will be awarded for the duration of the entire program, and the criteria to continue receiving the award is to remain in good academic standing by maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Scholarship Deadline

Our scholarship deadlines fall on the same dates as our general application deadlines. We consider scholarship applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that applications for the Economic Access Scholarship will only be considered after the applicant’s general application is submitted.

First Round Deadline: October 2
Second Round Deadline: November 3

Who is the Academic Leadership Scholarship for?

Solving the world’s unprecedented challenges in an era of disruption, uncertainty, and rapid business change requires a new brand of leadership. We’re proud to recognize and award this scholarship to select students who embody our core values by demonstrating outstanding academic achievement, ethical leadership, an exceptional commitment to equity and inclusion, promotion of social justice, or a unique drive for sustainability.

How do I apply as a new student?

  • Step 1: Complete your admissions application.
  • Step 2: To apply for the Academic Leadership Scholarship, students must prove one or more of the following through our scholarship application form:
    • Completed bachelor’s degree and exemplary academic track record as evidenced by official transcripts reflecting a minimum GPA of 3.25 or higher
      OR
    • Promise or track record of community and/or organizational leadership as shown through either a letter of recommendation and/or publication
      AND
    • A 500-word essay that demonstrates or describes your commitment to becoming a changemaker in one of the areas aligned with Presidio mission: social justice, sustainability, and/or systems thinking.
  • Step 3: Our Scholarships Committee will review your application and reach out to inform you of any awards granted.

What is the typical Academic Leadership Scholarship award?

While the exact value of the Academic Leadership Scholarship varies, awards typically vary between 10-20% of program tuition.

Scholarship Deadline

Our scholarship deadlines fall on the same dates as our general application deadlines. We consider scholarship applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that applications for the Academic Leadership Scholarship will only considered after the applicant’s general application is submitted.

First Round Deadline: October 2
Second Round Deadline: November 2

Who is the Representation Matters Scholarship for?

At Presidio, we hold that sustainability is a deeply intersectional field. While historical definitions have focused on environmental impact, we believe that truly sustainable solutions must be economically, environmentally, and socially equitable—and these solutions cannot be designed without equitable representation. The world’s most urgent challenges demand that we proactively support and uplift BIPOC voices to expand representation in the field of sustainability. To that end, the Representation Matters Scholarship specifically designated for incoming BIPOC students interested pursuing a career in sustainable business or sustainable policy.

How do I apply as a new student?

  • Step 1: Complete your admissions application.
  • Step 2: To apply for the Academic Leadership Scholarship, students must prove one or more of the following through our scholarship application form:
    • A proven track record of commitment to sustainability or DEI work within your community and/or organization as evidenced by one or more of the following: letter of recommendation and/or publication(s).
      AND
    • A 500-word essay that describes how you envision an expanded commitment to sustainability, systems thinking, or DEI could be impacted in your community and/or organization.
  • Step 3: Our Scholarships Committee will review your application and reach out to inform you of any awards granted.

What is the typical Representation Matters Scholarship award?

While the exact value of the Representation Matters Scholarship varies, awards typically vary between 10-20% of program tuition.

Application Deadline

Our scholarship deadlines fall on the same dates as our general application deadlines. We consider scholarship applications on a rolling basis and encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that applications for the Representation Matters Scholarship will only considered after the applicant’s general applications is submitted.

First Round Deadline: October 2
Second Round Deadline: November 2

Who is the John A. Spiekhout Scholarship for?

John A. Spiekhout was a pillar of his community who believed passionately in social justice and understood that the world was facing unprecedented challenges that demanded a new brand of leadership. The Spiekhout Scholarship honors his legacy through generous funding from his family, including alumna Rebekah Helzel, Linda Mantel, and the Helzel Family Foundation. The Spiekhout Scholarship is awarded once per year to an incoming BIPOC student who presents a demonstrated commitment to social justice or social impact.

How do I apply as a new student?

  • Step 1: Complete your admissions application.
  • Step 2: To apply for the Spiekhout Scholarship, students must prove more of the following through our scholarship application form, with particular emphasis on subject matters related to social justice or social impact:
    • Academic excellence as evidenced by academic transcripts
    • Letter of recommendation from a professor
    • Published work
    • Track record of organizing or community work

    AND

  • A 500-word essay that describes your commitment to social justice and impact principles through your work, volunteerism, or other practice.

What is the typical Spiekhout Scholarship award?

The Spikehout Scholarship is awarded to one outstanding candidate each year and is worth 50% of total program tuition.

Application Deadline

As the Spiekhout Scholarship is awarded only once per year, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that applications for the Spiekhout Scholarship will only considered after the applicant’s general applications is submitted.

Final Deadline: June 30

Laura Rankin
“As a commuter student, applying for a scholarship from Presidio was a crucial step in my decision to enroll. Earning a scholarship absolutely impacted my ability to pursue a graduate degree from Presidio and I’d highly encourage anyone who is feeling daunted by the cost of higher education to apply!”
Laura Rankin
MBA Candidate
Leilani
“Receiving the scholarship made it possible for me to step forward with a dream I've had for years. Be open to possibilities, all your unique experiences lead you here—by applying for a scholarship you may find yourself exactly where you need to be.”
Leilani
MBA/MPA Dual Degree Candidate
Heather Openshaw
“The reality of being able to dedicate my life to this [sustainability] work is of a value so great to me it cannot be expressed in symbols. Thanks to the support of our generous donors, I’m able to fully give myself to making the world a better place.”
Heather Openshaw
MBA/MPA Dual Degree Candidate
Demitri Fierro
“The power of lifelong education is a really gratifying experience. Not only are you achieving new levels of growth, but you attain community and influence in the process. Tell a story that is authentically you and others will notice—it's what led me to receive my scholarship!”
Demitri Fierro
MBA Degree Candidate

Financial Aid

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 Diana Asaad in the Financial Aid Office at 415-655-8952 or at dasaad@presidio.edu.

 


Deferred Payment Plans

Presidio is committed to building a transformational and supportive educational environment. Students are encouraged to reach out directly to our Student Business Services to discuss their plans and/or build out a deferred payment plan in advance of the term start date to help manage their tuition and fees. Our team is ready to answer your questions and build a plan to help ease the financial burden of pursuing your degree.

 


Segal AmeriCorps Matching Education Award

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a post-service benefit earned by individuals who complete approved terms of national service in AmeriCorps programs. The award is named after Eli Segal, a pioneer of national service and the first CEO of the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is a one-year award available to prospective students applying for admission and is applied only to tuition in the first year of the program.

Matching Details* (2021-2022):

    • Entering Dual Degree students: Presidio will match 100% of your Segal Award.
    • Entering MBA students: Presidio will match 100% of your Segal Award.
    • Entering Online MPA students: Presidio will match 50% of your Segal Award.
    • Entering Certificate students: Presidio will match up to 25% of your Segal Award.

*Matching funds are contingent upon the student remaining in good academic standing as defined by our Student Catalog.

 


Veterans Financial Aid Programs

To help veterans fund their education expenses, Presidio Graduate School participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, the Yellow Ribbon Program, and the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP).

 

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

The Yellow Ribbon Program covers eligible veteran students’ expenses above the GI Bill cap. The maximum Yellow Ribbon funding amount for the 2021-22 academic year is $9,600. Veterans must have 100% eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. Eligible applicants will be automatically considered for this program after being accepted.

Presidio Graduate School has been approved for the new Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP), which was enacted on March 11, 2021. Going into effect immediately, the VRRAP was part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (stimulus package) targeted to help individuals and businesses recover from the economic effects of the pandemic.

Veterans participating in the VRRAP can receive up to 12 months of tuition and fees and the monthly housing allowance.

The educational programs that are covered by this program must provide training for high-demand occupations — which includes almost five pages of options — and are determined by the Commissioner of Labor Statistics, below are approved program:

  • Cert – Applied Sustainable Operations
  • Cert – Sustainable Energy Management
  • Cert – Sustainable Leadership
  • Cert – Sustainable Marketing And Production

Universities and programs that wanted to participate in this program were encouraged to apply and submit a participation agreement for review. Presidio was approved in September 2021 to participate in VRRAP.

The program has $386 million allocated and will cap at 17,250 veterans or 18 months lapse, ending on December 11, 2022. Eligible veterans must be between the ages of 22 and 66, be unemployed because of the pandemic and not eligible for federal GI Bill programs. If you transferred your Post-9/11 GI Bill to dependents, you are eligible for this program.

There are a few other requirements, as reported by Military.com in May 2021, that pertain to enrollment in other employment programs and receiving other benefits.

What does this mean for veterans?

With any new program, there are loads of questions and pages of details. Here are some of the most common questions, answered for you. There are complete FAQs and details online, as well.

  • The VRAAP will pay 12 months of the program — even if it takes longer than that to complete the program.
  • The VRRAP funds go to the school but the housing allowance payments will go to you, the veteran.
  • The housing allowance may be paid for half-time or less and will be rounded to the nearest 10%.
  • The VRRAP does not cover testing costs unless they are included in the program’s required fees charged to all enrolled students.
  • There is no continuous enrollment requirement, but the program is limited to 21 months in duration.
  • You cannot transfer the VRRAP benefits to dependents.
  • Associates degree programs may be approved for VRRAP but bachelor’s degrees do not.
  • You can only use the program for one program, even if you finish one before the 12 months is over.
  • For example, VRRAP will cover Emergency Medical Technician and paramedic training, as it is determined a high-demand occupation.
  • However, VRRAP will not cover law school, flight school, work-study, apprenticeships, or on-the-job training programs.

If you want to learn more about the VRRAP and how you can apply for it, reach out to va@presidio.edu. Please note that at the moment, this program is only approved for our Sustainability Certificates.

 

External Funding Opportunities

You can find additional scholarships through third-party online search sites and organizations, some examples of which are listed here*:

 

*Presidio Graduate School does not sanction or endorse any company or organization providing scholarship funds. These are posted strictly as a courtesy to assist prospective 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.

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