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Fordham Graduate School of Education Awards a Record $2.4 Million in Student Financial Assistance

The Fordham University Graduate School of Education announces it is awarding a record $2.4 million in school-based aid this year to its students. Known also as institutional aid, these GSE awards are given to make pursuing a graduate degree more affordable and to attract a broad range of students.

“Educating and advancing educational leaders is a clear goal of the Fordham Graduate School of Education,” said dean José Luis Alvarado, Ph.D. “By providing financial support, our goal is to offer opportunities to students who may not otherwise have thought to attend an esteemed private university such as Fordham.”

Fordham GSE provides merit and need-based scholarships in addition to a limited number of endowed scholarships. These include graduate assistantships, scholarships, and grant-funded programs. Additionally, students may apply for federal financial aid. Fordham is grateful to and wishes to thank its supporters and alumni for their generosity in making the endowed scholarships possible.

Expressing her gratitude, Bailey Kaufman, a doctoral student in the Innovation in Curriculum and Instruction program, said: “Fordham’s Graduate School of Education has invested in me and my education. The GSE school-based financial assistance enables me to focus more on my studies and worry less about the financial costs of my Ph.D. program. I’m able to devote my energies to my studies and take this next step in my professional journey. I could not be more thrilled to begin a program that I otherwise would be unable to attend. I am so thankful for the generous support of my education!”

Another recipient of financial support is Whitney Sha, M.S.E. student in mental health counseling, who said: “Fordham GSE’s Graduate Assistantship program has helped me finance my education as well as put my professional skills to use while I’m still in school. I’m grateful to the GSE for working to make my graduate studies affordable. At the same time, I also appreciate the opportunity to work with my wonderful supervisor on projects that improve the experience of the GSE community. Thank you, Fordham!”

According to Anisa Torres-Sanchez, director of Fordham GSE financial aid, over 70% of Fordham’s graduate students across all degree programs receive some type of school-based aid.

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