Financial Aid

Antioch University is committed to assisting you in pursuit of your educational goals. This section contains information about various sources of aid available to you, and the financial aid application process.

The PhD program makes every effort, with the financial aid available, to ensure that a student who is accepted can attend.

In order to be considered for any type of federal or state assistance, including loans, you are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it to the Department of Education. Be sure to list the Title IV school code in Step 6.

Additionally, you are also required to complete the Financial Aid Request Form below.

Financial Aid Request Form

If your (FAFSA) application is selected for verification you will be required to submit additional documentation for your financial aid file.  In this process, we will be comparing information from your application with signed copies of your Federal tax forms, or with W-2 forms or other financial documents. If there are differences between your application information and your financial documents, we may need to make corrections to your Student Aid Report (SAR).

Verification Worksheet

The PhD in Leadership and Change program offers several scholarships for new and continuing students.

Alan E. Guskin Scholars’ Fund in Leadership and Change
The PhD program’s Alan E. Guskin Scholars’ Fund offers tuition scholarships for incoming and continuing students, and research support for those in candidacy who engaged in the dissertation process (in the field of education). In accordance with the commitment of Antioch University to encourage a socially engaged and humanistic education that helps to improve the quality of life for individuals, communities, and the world, the two primary criteria for selection will be documented performance in service to a community and student need. To be considered, students must have an EFC of $30,000 or lower. For further information please contact
Peace Corps Fellows Program
Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and  Change and the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program
As a returned Peace Corps volunteer, the Coverdell Fellows Program is an opportunity to combine your academic and professional endeavors with your desire to work in underserved communities. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, please refer to information below.

The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly known as Fellows/USA) is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Fellows the PhD in Leadership and Change or the PhD in Leadership and Change for Healthcare and must do their second-year change project in an underserved American community.

Incoming graduate students who have completed a Peace Corps experience are eligible to apply for a scholarship equal to 25% of tuition. This scholarship, if awarded, will be effective at the time of admission and will continue for the student’s three pre-candidacy years as long as satisfactory academic progress is maintained and as long as the second-year Change Project meets the requirements of the Coverdell Program.

Typically the program would admit one Coverdell Fellow per cohort for a total of approximately 3-5 in the program at any one time.​ If multiple Coverdell Fellow applications are submitted for any one cohort the scholarship committee will review applicant essays​ for a final determination of the award.

Learn more about Coverdell Fellows Guidelines
The Ruth Weisman and Mayneal Wayland Scholarship
The Ruth Weisman and Mayneal Wayland Scholarship is merit-based and enables the PhD in Leadership and Change (PhDLC) program to offer annual tuition scholarships in support of scholarship and practice in leading change that directly impacts and improves the lives of women and/or girls in the United States or abroad. For further information please contact


Fellowships and Grants
A number of fellowships and grants are available to graduate students through outside sources. The program suggests students searching,, or  for information on scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans.

We also encourage students to contact state education foundations, civic groups, employers or other organizations with which they or their family are affiliated. Local and university libraries may be a good resource for more information on resources.

Many of the program’s students utilize a number of payment options including tuition payment plans, employer reimbursement, Tax Relief Act of 1997 (TRA 97), scholarships and fellowships, and U.S. federal governmental loans including the unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan, the Federal Perkins Loan, and the Grad Plus Loan.

When thinking through making financial arrangements for your doctoral journey, please know that tuition is calculated on an annual basis cost but it is charged by trimester. The tuition is reduced to one-half of the annual amount at the point of reaching candidacy.

Deferment of previous loans

Students who are enrolled in the PhD program may have previous federal student loans deferred while they are enrolled.

Some states require students to maintain full-time status to be eligible for deferment of state-funded loans. The financial aid office can assist students on the specifics of their loan regulations.

Feel free to contact the program office (937-769-1341 or with additional questions.

This section contains information and links to various resources that you may find useful while applying for financial aid. The applications are offered as Adobe Acrobat PDF files. Viewing PDF files requires the Acrobat Reader plug-in or application. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, please click here to get the free and latest version. To be considered for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and:

Use Antioch University’s Title IV School Code: 003010

Electronically submit the FAFSA form to the Federal Student Aid Programs. The Internet address is

In addition to the FAFSA, the following forms are required to be submitted to the Financial Aid Office:

  • An Antioch University PhD Financial Aid Request Form. An On-line Entrance Counseling Interview and Master Promissory Note is required for all students. Entrance counseling is a set of questions and instructions that outline your responsibilities as a Direct Loan Borrower. Forms can be found here.
  • After the FAFSA is mailed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) electronically within 1-2 weeks. If Antioch University was listed in Step 6, your information will be electronically sent to the Financial Aid Office. Once we have all the required paperwork listed in the above steps, we will send you an Award Letter. This Award Letter will show your total eligibility at the time of processing.

Processing Applications

Loans are processed once your financial aid file is complete and your financial need is determined. A complete financial aid file consists of:

  • Student Aid Report (SAR) sent to you upon federal processing of your FAFSA.
  • Financial Aid Request Form.
  • Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (for new students)
  • If the SAR indicates verification is required, a Federal Verification Worksheet (available from the Financial Aid Office) along with a complete, signed copy of your prior year’s federal tax return.
  • Any other supporting documentation requested by our office.

Registration Approval

Your registration and continuous enrollment will be held if your financial aid file is incomplete. Tuition and fee charges are deferred in anticipation of processed financial aid.


The deadline for submitting the materials to process financial aid is May 1.

If you missed the deadline, you may still apply for assistance. However, we cannot assure that your loans will be processed in time to defer your student account charges. If you have missed the deadline, be prepared to pay your balance by the tuition payment deadline. You may then be reimbursed by financial aid proceeds once they have been processed. Failure to make satisfactory financial arrangements may result in holding your registration, which may result in late fees and may prevent you from continuing your studies in an uninterrupted fashion.

Tips on Completing Financial Aid Applications

  • If you have questions after your award has been processed, please contact Tricia Webb at 937-769-1883.
  • Students must reapply for financial aid each year and must continue to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress as determined by the program.
  • Students are not guaranteed the same financial aid award each year.

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Financial Aid Links

  • The Student Guide is the most comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of student financial aid available through the federal Student Financial Assistance Programs. Updated each award year, The Student Guide tells you about the programs and how to apply.
  • Start the fastWEB scholarship search! For a full search, start here to set up a personalized profile that will match your specific skills, and abilities, and interests to fastWEB’s database of over 400,000 scholarships. Just complete six simple steps to get immediate results on-line!
  • International Education Financial Aid is the premier Internet resource for financial aid information for students wishing to study in a foreign country. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist students in their pursuit to study abroad.