Financing an MPA Education

To apply for federal aid, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (International students are not eligible for federal/ state funding, but may inquire about alternative education loans and Baruch Student Employment.)


Graduate Assistantships

Students interested in Graduate Assistantships (GAs) should complete the assistantship section of the graduate study application. 


Scholarships and Awards

Prospective or newly-admitted School of Public Affairs students are automatically considered for scholarships during the application process. Some scholarships require a separate application. We offer the following scholarships and awards:

  • Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship (MGSP) offers stipends for full-time City of New York employees to study for the MPA degree full- or part-time. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) administers the program and transfers applications to SPA’s Office of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Services. Stipends are up to $5,000, and are provided each fall and spring semester. Submit applications by April 1 for the fall and November 1 for the spring. To be considered, students must:
    • Hold a 3.2 overall GPA in the MPA program
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Complete a FAFSA
  • Hagedorn Scholarship provides up to $1,000 in funds for BSPA, MPA, and MSEd students to offset the costs of tuition. To be considered, students must:
    • Hold a 3.2 GPA
    • Complete a Hagedorn Scholarship Application
    • Have a record of high academic achievement

  • LCU Foundation Scholarship provides awards of up to $2,500 per semester for undergraduate and graduate female public affairs students pursuing public service careers. To be considered, students must:
    • Hold a 3.0 GPA
    • Completed Scholarship Application
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Complete a FAFSA
    • Earn less than $30,000 a year with limited or no financial assistance
    • Have a declared undergraduate BSPA degree, acceptance, or current full-time students in MPA or MSEd programs
  • Consolidated Edison MPA Scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate financial need and high academic potential.
  • Donal  E. Farley Scholarship recognizes an in-state graduate student majoring in Public Administration for academic excellence, service to Baruch College, and contributions to his or her community, borough, or the city at large.
  • Hearst Fellowship in Nonprofit Management recognizes new or returning students preparing for careers in nonprofit management. The awards are one-year $1,500 fellowships for new or returning students.
  • Lewis Friedman Scholarship awards a graduate student who has shown promise and innovation in the areas of public finance or government budgeting in the amount of $500.
  • Mary and Abraham D. Beame Scholarship is a $1,500 award that recognizes a new or returning graduate student preparing for a career in public service.
  • Stephen J. Jerome Scholarship recognizes current students in the Higher Education Administration (HEA) program with $3,000 annually.


Visit Baruch College’s Office of Financial Aid


Newman Library Building, 8th Floor

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.*

*Counseling hours are not available on Fridays. Students may inquire about financial aid or submit any documents requested by the Financial Aid Office at the front desk.


If you have questions about financial aid, graduate assistanships or scholarships, please contact:

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