Minority-Serving Institution Award


GW Graduate Students


The Columbian College of Arts & Sciences offers funding assistance to eligible students who have graduated from an approved minority-serving institution (MSI). These students receive an application fee waiver and are eligible for a tuition award of approximately 40 percent, renewable for the normal duration of the degree.



To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Apply before February 1 (Fall) or October 1 (Spring) for best consideration.
  • Expect to receive an undergraduate degree from an approved MSI or already hold such a degree.
  • Be admitted to and enroll in a Columbian College graduate certificate, master's degree, or PsyD program.

How to request an application fee waiver:

  • Create an account within the Student Portal.
  • Fill out the application as suggested.
  • At the end of the application, select "Minority Serving Institution Applicants" from the waiver list.
  • At the payment option, do not enter credit card information; all that is needed is the waiver request.

Within two business days of your request, you will receive an approval or denial email, at which point you can proceed with the submission of your application. If none of these criteria apply to you, you must pay the fee in order to submit your application. Case-by-case exceptions are unfortunately not available. 

All applicants from an approved MSI are eligible regardless of race, ethnicity, or national origin.

The MSI Award is intended to support study only in traditional fall and spring semesters (unless the program requires summer registration). Master's and PsyD students must be enrolled full-time to receive the award; graduate certificate awardees may be enrolled part-time.

Approved Institutions

Effective for students entering Columbian College in Fall 2021.


  • Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University
  • Alabama State University
  • Albany State University
  • Alcorn State University
  • Allen University
  • American Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Arkansas Baptist College
  • Benedict College
  • Bennett College
  • Bethune Cookman University
  • Bluefield State College
  • Bowie State University
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Central State University
  • Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
  • Clafin University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Clinton College
  • College of Menominee Nation
  • Concordia College Alabama
  • Coppin State University
  • Delaware State University
  • Dillard University
  • Dine College
  • Edward Waters College
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Fisk University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Memorial University
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Grambling State University
  • Hampton University
  • Harris - Stowe State University
  • Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Howard University
  • Huston - Tillotson University
  • Iḡisagvik College
  • Institute of American Indian & Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development
  • Jackson State University
  • Jarvis Christian College
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Kentucky State University
  • Lane College
  • Langston University
  • LeMoyne - Owen College
  • Lincoln University
  • Livingstone College
  • Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico
  • Miles College
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • Morehouse College
  • Morgan State University
  • Morris College
  • Navajo Technical University
  • Norfolk State University


  • North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • Northwest Indian College
  • Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
  • Oakwood University
  • Oglala Lakota College
  • Paine College
  • Paul Quinn College
  • Philander Smith College
  • Prairie View Agricultural & Mechanical University
  • Rust College
  • Saint Augustine's University
  • Salish Kootenai College
  • Savannah State University
  • Shaw University
  • Simmons College of Kentucky
  • Sinte Gleska University
  • Sitting Bull College
  • South Carolina State University
  • Southern University and Agricultural & Mechanical College at Baton Rouge
  • Southern University at New Orleans
  • Southwestern Christian College
  • Spelman College
  • Stillman College
  • Stone Child College
  • Talladega College
  • Tennessee State University
  • Texas College
  • Texas Southern University
  • Tougaloo College
  • Turtle Mountain Community College
  • Tuskegee University
  • United Tribes Technical College
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • University of Maryland - Eastern Shore
  • University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla
  • University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo
  • University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón
  • University of Puerto Rico, Carolina
  • University of Puerto Rico, Cayey
  • University of Puerto Rico, Humacao
  • University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
  • University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus
  • University of Puerto Rico, Ponce
  • University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
  • University of Puerto Rico, Utuado
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • University of the Virgin Islands
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Union University
  • Virginia University of Lynchburg
  • Vorhees College
  • West Virginia State University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wiley College
  • Winston-Salem State University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana


'I decided to attend [GW] because of the amazing faculty and the opportunity to study in DC. .. the Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) award was crucial when I decided to attend the George Washington University."

Roberto Nava

MPA '20, Public Administration