Financial Aid FAQ


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Financial Aid


How do I apply for financial aid?

In preparation for completing the Financial Aid Application, first address the following items:

  • Submit your GIAL Admissions Application and pay the application fee. We will then email you your GIAL Student ID number, which you will need in order to complete your Financial Aid Application.
  • Choose your program of study.
  • Calculate your school costs per term. (See the Net Price Calculator.)
  • Estimate your living expenses. (See What will it cost?.)
  • Determine a plan for paying for your study program.

Complete and submit your Financial Aid Application.

When should I apply?

Anytime before the April 1 deadline for the fall term (July-December) and the October 1 deadline for the spring term (January-June).

Do I have to be admitted to GIAL before I can apply for financial aid?

No. However, before you apply for financial aid, you must first submit your GIAL Admissions Application and pay the application fee. After submitting your Admissions Application, you will receive your GIAL Student ID number to use in your Financial Aid Application.

What scholarships are available?

GIAL offers several need-based scholarships for students including International students. There are various grants specifically for BA students.

Do I have to have a certain GPA in order to qualify?

Yes, any financial aid requires a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Who qualifies for financial aid?

Any student enrolled in a GIAL program that has a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and, for continuing students, having an intended plan study on file may apply for financial aid. Financial aid will be granted to students who have financial need.

Do I have to be enrolled full-time, or can I be a part-time student?

Either. To receive financial aid, you must 1) be enrolled in a GIAL program (certificate or degree) and 2) have your Intended Plan of Study (IPS) on file or in-process.

When do I know if I will receive financial aid?

The Financial Aid Committee meets in mid-April and mid-October. Following their meetings the Financial Aid Administrator will inform each applicant the action taken by the committee.

Where should I look for other funding?

If students are not granted a GIAL scholarship, they may want to check out the Non-GIAL Scholarship Resources section of the Financial Aid page for other outside scholarships for which they might qualify and apply.

Can I use Veterans benefits to pay for my GIAL education?

Yes. We are fully certified to accept G. I. Bill benefits. Contact VeteransOfficer@gial.edu for more information.

Do I have to apply for financial aid for each term at GIAL?

Yes, the award of a GIAL scholarship is only for a single term. Students must resubmit a financial aid application each term.

Do I need to reapply for financial aid if I postpone my entry date?

Yes.  A current Financial Aid application is required for consideration by the committee.

Do I need to reapply for financial aid if I return after a leave of absence?

Yes, students taking a leave of absence in their program for any reason have to reapply for financial aid.

Once I have been awarded financial aid at GIAL, what do I need to do to keep my financial aid?

The requirements include:

  • registering for and having the advisor’s approval for GIAL courses and attending classes,
  • maintaining a cumulative minimum 3.00 GPA,
  • sending a Thank you note to the scholarship donor,
  • showing progress toward the completion of your study program by having your Intended Plan of Study (IPS) on file or having an IPS in process,
  • signing and returning the GIAL Financial Aid Terms Agreement.

I can’t find a FAFSA code for GIAL. Does GIAL have one?

GIAL has chosen not to participate in FSA programs like direct or campus-based loans or Federal Work-Study and therefore we do not have a FAFSA code.  However the US Department of Education has designated GIAL as an eligible institution for Federal Student Aid (FSA) and students attending GIAL to receive deferments on existing FSA program loans and be eligible for the Lifetime Learning Scholarship tax credit on their federal taxes. If this would apply to you write to the GIAL admissions office for instructions on deferments of loans or tax credit issues.

 

Other Financial Questions


When do I pay tuition and fees?

Tuition is due at registration for on-site courses, but one week early for online courses. GIAL prefers to have payment up front for the entire term, but it is possible to set up a payment plan for an additional fee. Visit our Payment Plans page for more information.

How do I pay tuition and fees?

Visit our How to Pay page for complete information about paying your tuition.

Can I pay my tuition and fees with a credit card?

The preferred way to make your payment is to pay with an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and there is no convenience fee.  Click on the Payments page and then click on the EFT button.

We do accept credit/debit card payments through PayPal. However, students who pay their tuition and/or fee obligations by credit/debit card through PayPal will be charged with an additional convenience fee of 3% of their total charges.

Or you can pay check. Make checks payable to GIAL. Please write your name and the term on the memo line (e.g., John Smith Fall 2018). You can pay in person at the Finance office (Pike 112) or mail your payments to:

Attention: GIAL Cashier
Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Road

Dallas, TX 75236

If you have further questions view the Payments page for more information on how to pay.

Can I pay in installments if I can’t pay the full amount at the beginning of a term?

Yes, the Pay-By-Session Plan allows you to pay each session for only those courses which begin with that session. However, this entails additional fees. You can check it out further at the Payment plans page.

Will GIAL be worth the cost?

The education at GIAL is unique and comprehensive. You will find a learning-rich environment highlighted by our fabulous faculty. They combine personal field experience with quality educational backgrounds, and they are deeply committed to working with you to help you succeed. The education you receive here will be worth the investment of both your time and your money.

We look forward to seeing you here on campus!