Financial Aid

A variety of 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 MAHG and MASTAHG programs. Eligibility requirements vary by program. Complete details about awards and eligibility are listed below.

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.

Ashland University Fellowships

Through the generous support of our donors, Ashbrook 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. Awards are open to both MAHG and MASTAHG students; select 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 following 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.

The McMaster Family Foundation Fellowship

Supported by the McMaster Family Foundation of Sylvania, Ohio, current or prospective social studies teachers in Ohio are eligible for one of fourteen McMaster Fellowships. Four $1000 awards are available for on-campus summer study; ten $600 awards are available for online study in any semester. This fellowship is open to both degree-seeking and non-degree students taking courses in the Master of Arts program in American History and Goverrnment.

Preference will be given to candidates who reside or teach in one of the following northwest Ohio counties: Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, or Wyandot.

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 for current or prospective teachers. Five $700 awards will be available for on-campus study during the summer semester. Recipients may be degree-seeking or non-degree MAHG or MASTAHG students.

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.

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. Preference is given to a teacher from the counties surrounding Ashland County, Ohio. Awards may be applied to online or on-campus study.

The Philip M. McKenna Foundation Fellowship

Through a generous gift from the Philip M. McKenna Foundation, ten $500 awards are available to degree-seeking and non-degree MAHG or MASTAHG 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. Awards may be applied to either online or on-campus study.

The John and Barbara Walter Fellowship

Mr. and Mrs. John and Barbara Walter have endowed a series of five $1000 awards for degree-seeking MAHG or MASTAHG students. These awards may be applied to on-campus study only. The recipient must be or plan to become an elementary or secondary school history or government teacher. 

The Pearl J. Compaan Fellowship

Endowed by Mrs. Pearl J. Compaan, this fellowship is intended to encourage and enable teachers in their effort to develop knowledgeable citizens able to preserve a free republic. One fellowship is awarded annually in an amount up to $2000 applicable toward tuition, room, board, and books for on-campus summer study.  This award is open to degree-seeking MAHG or MASTAHG students who are or plan to become secondary school social studies teachers.

The Lincoln and Therese Filene Fellowship

The Filene Foundation of Boston, Massachusetts has sponsored a series of three awards covering the full cost of one MAHG summer course on the Ashland University campus (including room and board), and four awards covering the full tuition cost of an online course. Recipients must reside or teach in a New England state. This award is open to both MAHG and MASTAHG students (both degree-seeking and non-degree).

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. Awards are applicable only to courses with an AHG prefix; they may not be applied to MASTAHG education courses.

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Payment Plans

In conjunction with Tuition Management Systems, Ashland offers a payment plan in which students may spread out payment of their tuition over the course of 10 months, interest-free. Please visit the Ashland University Student Accounts office website for more details. 

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.