Financial Aid

A variety of aid options are available to current and prospective students.  Students are encouraged to consider 

External Fellowship Opportunities

James Madison Memorial Fellowship

A graduate fellowship for current or prospective secondary school American history, American government, or social studies teachers who wish to pursue a master's degree in a program focused on the study of the Constitution. More than 50 Madison fellows from across the country are MAHG students or graduates and several of our faculty members have served on the fellowship's selection committee. Fellowship applicants are encouraged to visit our Madison Fellowship Application Advice page for insights from our fellows and our faculty.

Humane Studies Fellowships

Offered by the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, the Humane Studies Fellowships are awarded to graduate students studying economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, or sociology who plan a research focus on liberty, freedom of action and association, and the rule of law.

Ashland University Fellowships

Through the generous support of our donors, the Ashbrook Center is able to offer the following scholarships to support studies in the Master of Arts program in American History and Government. Each award is made on an annual basis and is not automatically renewable. These awards are for on-campus summer graduate credit study only in courses with an AHG-prefix and may not be used to audit a course on a non-credit basis, for online courses, or for courses in the College of Education. Awards are open to both MAHG and MASTAHG students.

To apply for any of the following Ashland University Fellowships, please complete our Fellowship Application. Priority will be given to applications received prior to April 1. Applications received after April 1 will be considered for any remaining fellowships on a first come, first served basis.

The Robert and Elizabeth Hoffman Memorial Fellowship

Established by their children, Mr. Thomas Hoffman and Mrs. Deborah Marbry, the Robert and Elizabeth Hoffman Memorial Fellowship is a $700 award to a newly admitted or returning MAHG student. Five $700 awards will be available for study during the 2013 summer semester. Recipients must be teachers, but need not be degree-seeking students in the MAHG program.

Preference will be given to applicants with 15 or fewer years of teaching experience. Preference will also be given to teachers from urban school districts. Interested teachers are encouraged to apply even if they do not meet the preference guidelines. The Hoffman Fellowship is open to those who are interested in experiencing a course in the MAHG program without making the full commitment to apply as a degree student.

Recipients of the Hoffman Fellowship must apply for either degree or non-degree admission to Ashland University. The recipient must complete the application, pay the application fee, and arrange for official transcripts to be sent to the Ashbrook Center showing completion of a bachelor's degree. A completed application to the university must be received before the recipient may attend class, but it is not necessary to apply to the degree program to be considered for the award. 

The Ellen Campbell Memorial Fellowship

Made possible by a gift from Robert and Sharlene Ingmand, the Ellen Campbell Memorial Fellowship is a $500 award to a degree-seeking MAHG student. The recipient must be or plan to become a high school teacher. One award is given annually by the director of the Master of Arts in American History and Government.

The Philip M. McKenna Foundation Fellowship

Through a generous gift from the Philip M. McKenna Foundation, ten $500 awards are available to degree-seeking MAHG students. The recipient must be or plan to become an elementary or secondary school history or government teacher. Preference is given to those teaching within the state of Pennsylvania. The awards are made annually by the director of the Master of Arts in American History and Government.

The John and Barbara Walter Fellowship

Mr. and Mrs. John and Barbara Walter have endowed a series of ten $500 awards for degree-seeking MAHG students. The recipient must be or plan to become an elementary or secondary school history or government teacher. The awards are made annually by the director of the Master of Arts in American History and Government.

The McKinley Fellowships

In the interest of promoting civic education in American classrooms, Judge and Mrs. Michael R. and Norma E. McKinley have funded a series of fellowship awards. These awards are open to MAHG degree students who are presently, or are studying to become, teachers of American history or government. Ten awards of $750 will be given for study during the summer semester at the Ashland, Ohio campus.

The awards are made annually by the director of the Master of Arts in American History and Government. Preference will be given to those candidates with a financial need.

Graduate Loans

Ashland University participates in the Federal Stafford Loan, Federal Graduate PLUS Loan, and the Federal Parent PLUS Loan (for dependent students) programs, as well as a variety of private education loan opportunities. These programs are available for all eligible students enrolled in the MAHG or MASTAHG programs on a degree-seeking basis subject to federal eligibility requirements.

Loans for MA students are processed through the Ashland University Financial Aid office once students have been accepted into an MA program. However, prospective students may begin the loan application process prior to acceptance to ensure that all forms have been received by the Financial Aid office and are ready to be processed as soon as the student is accepted into the program.

Summer semester loan applications are generally available around February 1st each year. Priority is given to summer loan applications received prior to March 1st. Applications for Fall and Spring semester are generally available around March 1st each year. Priority is given to fall and spring loan applications received prior to May 1st. Students may submit loan applications after these priority dates, however in such cases the Financial Aid office cannot guarantee funding will be in place prior to the start of class.

Students using federal loans must enroll (and remain enrolled) at least half-time (3 semester credit hours or more) during the semester for which they borrow. Students who drop or withdraw from courses after a loan is funded may lose all or part of their loan eligibility. If that occurs, the borrower may be expected to immediately repay all or part of the amount borrowed.

To learn more about Federal Student Loans and other student loan options, or to apply, please visit the Ashland University Financial Aid Office website.

Faculty Spotlight


Jeffrey Sikkenga is Associate Professor of Political Science at Ashland University, adjunct fellow of the John M. Ashbrook Center, and senior fellow in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding, and American constitutional law. He is deeply interested in the relationship between politics and religion in liberal democracy and America in particular. He has published articles and reviews in journals such as Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Journal of Politics, Journal of Markets and Morality, and Religion and Liberty. He co-edited History of American Political Thought (Lexington Press, 2003), edited Transforming American Welfare (1999), and co-wrote The Free Person and the Free Economy (2002). He is currently working on a book on the natural right to freedom of religion in the political thought of John Locke and the American Founders, exploring the foundations and political implications of religious liberty as a human right.