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Grad CLAS Tuition Assistance Grant

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Now is the time to invest in your future

The TAG program is no longer accepting applications.

As the Villanova University undergraduate Class of 2020 enters the next chapter of their lives, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions to the job market that these promising students are set to enter. With an impressive track record of providing aid to those in need, Villanova can help its own by making more accessible one of the surest recession-proof investments, a graduate education.

The Grad CLAS Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) program enhances that accessibility through $5,000 in tuition assistance, which can be applied to a participating full-time master's degree program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the 2020-2021 academic year. The grants will allow Villanova to provide needed support to students affected by COVID-19 by helping them enhance their knowledge and skills during these uncertain times. Through these grants, students unable to secure desired employment will not be idled by the crisis but will instead be able to actively invest in themselves as they await the recovery.

To be eligible for a Grad CLAS Tuition Assistance Grant, prospective students must have submitted their applications to participating master's degree programs by August 1, 2020.

The Grad CLAS Tuition Assistance Grants are a service to Villanova alumni affected by coronavirus-related disruptions. As such, the grants are only available to incoming students from Villanova who can demonstrate that their plans prior to the COVID-19 crisis have been interrupted by the global pandemic. Current graduate students and applicants from other institutions are not eligible for this opportunity. Villanova prospects already enrolled in a graduate program at the inception of the TAG program may apply for a Grad CLAS Tuition Assistance Grant if they are able to demonstrate a COVID-19 disruption to their plans.

The grants are only currently available for the 2020-2021 academic year and are to offset the expense of full-time, master’s degree programs. Candidates must complete the admissions process and be awarded admission to one of our graduate programs with open capacity for enrollment. The application fee is waived for all Villanova alumni and current undergraduate and graduate students. Please contact the Office Graduate Studies to request an application fee waiver code.

Please note: Funding for Grad CLAS Tuition Assistance Grants is limited. Grants will be distributed to candidates based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Grants apply only to the 2020-2021 academic year and are not transferable beyond the 2020-2021 year.

The following master's-level programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are currently accepting applicants for the Grad CLAS Tuition Assistance Grants:


The total Grad CLAS Tuition Assistance Grant is $5,000 and will be disbursed in two $2,500 increments - one in the fall 2020 semester and one in the spring 2021 semester. Students must be enrolled in nine credits of coursework for each semester. Students who enroll in fewer than nine credits, WX or otherwise reduce their course-load below the nine-credit threshold forfeit eligibility for grant support.

The Grad CLAS Tuition Assistance Grants require that students engage in full-time graduate study, enrolled in nine credits for both the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. Students must remain in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or above) after the fall 2020 semester to have the grant renewed for spring 2021.  

To be eligible for a Grad CLAS Tuition Assistance Grant, prospective students must submit their applications to a participating master's degree program by August 1, 2020. In addition to submitting the application for admission to the program, you will be asked to fill out a TAG form, describing how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted your career plans and how you envision your graduate education to enhance your career prospects.

Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies with questions or to request more information about the TAG program or participating master's degree programs.