A variety of financial aid options are available to current and prospective students. In addition to federal and private student loans, several fellowship grant programs are available to students in the M.A. in History and Government and M.A. with a Specialization in Teaching American History and Government programs.

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.

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Ashland University Fellowships

Through the generous support of our donors, AU is able to offer a variety of fellowships to help students pay for their education. Each award is made annually and is not automatically renewable. Awards are available to both MAHG and MASTAHG students; selected awards are also available to non-degree and continuing education students. Certain fellowships are restricted to, or preference is given to, residents of certain states or counties.

To apply for any of the Ashland University fellowships, please complete our Fellowship Application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and awards are made to qualified candidates as funds are available.

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Eagle Community Partner Tuition Discounts

AU maintains partnerships with many businesses, non-profit organizations and school districts, and one of the benefits is a tuition discount for employees, their spouses and dependents for undergraduate and graduate study. 

Review the list of Eagle Community Partners to see if your school district participates, for complete eligibility guidelines and for information about becoming an Eagle Community Partner.

Payment Plans

In conjunction with CashNET, Ashland offers a payment plan where students may spread out payment of their tuition over several months, interest-free. Please visit the Ashland University Student Accounts office website for more details. Payment plans can be set up via Self-Service.

Student 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 loans are available to all eligible students enrolled in the MAHG or MASTAHG programs on a degree-seeking basis, subject to federal eligibility requirements.

Loans for M.A. students are processed through the Ashland University Financial Aid office once students have been accepted into an M.A. 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 Feb. 1 each year. Priority is given to summer loan applications received prior to March 1. Applications for fall and spring semester are generally available around March 1 each year. Priority is given to fall and spring loan applications received prior to May 1. Students may submit loan applications after these priority dates, but 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 (three 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 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.

Contact Information

Charles Martindell
Graduate Programs Resource Manager
Master of Arts in American History and Government
220 Dwight Schar College of Education