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Financial Aid

Each semester, eligible students receive up to a $3,000 Hobby School Excellence Scholarship.

To be eligible for a Hobby School Excellence Scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Submit transcripts of previous academic coursework, credits, grades, and GPA via ApplyWeb.
  2. Complete application to the Master of Public Policy/graduate certificate program by the application deadline.
  3. Be accepted into the MPP/graduate certificate program.

While graduate certificate students can potentially receive a Hobby School Excellence Scholarship, federal financial aid cannot be used for these programs.

The Hobby School offers limited scholarships to outstanding graduate students via the H-E-B Graduate Fellowship Endowment Scholarship. The scholarship is for students pursuing an MPP based on distinguishable academic merit.

In addition, UH offers a variety of additional financial aid through other scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans. Every student is encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive consideration for other federal financial aid and scholarships.

Graduate School Fund

The UH Graduate School Fund (GSF) is a generous scholarship that provides financial assistance for in-state resident graduate students who demonstrate financial need. 


Award amounts will be based on a student's financial need, enrollment level, and the availability of funds. The GSF can only be applied to the cost of tuition and mandatory fees. This award is non-refundable and will be adjusted if the scholarship amount exceeds the actual cost of a student's tuition and mandatory fees. Students who have a Graduate Tuition Fellowship (GTF) are not eligible to receive the GSF. 


  • Be a U.S. citizen or noncitizen who is eligible to complete a FAFSA
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) annually and if selected, complete the verification process
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be classified as a Texas resident
  • Be a degree-seeking graduate student, enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours during a long term (Fall/Spring), according to the policy set in the Graduate Catalog
  • Demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress in course work, and timely progress in completing the degree requirements, including both course work and thesis/dissertation  (Students who do not meet SAP will only be eligible for GSF with an approved SAP appeal.)
  • Not be the recipient of a Graduate Tuition Fellowship (GTF)

Maximum GSF award amounts will be determined based on your enrollment and financial need:


    Maximum Amount

 9 or more credit hours

 $2,500 per long term

 7 to 8 credit hours

 $2,200 per long term

 6 credit hours

 $1,675 per long term

 Less than 6 credit hours

 Not Eligible