Financial Aid Rules and Guidelines: Scholarships

Responding to your offer

U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students residing in the United States:

You should accept or decline your offer as soon as you are able to give us a reply.

  • For offers issued between January 1 and April 1, for the academic year beginning in the fall term, you have until April 15 to respond (see CGS Resolution). The offer is valid until April 15. If your reply is not received by April 15, the Graduate School may rescind the offer.

  • For offers issued on or after April 2, you should respond within 2 weeks of receipt of the award letter, or the Graduate School may rescind your offer.

International students not residing in the United States:

Send an email to with your response (include your Marquette identification number on all correspondence, please), then sign and return the letter marked copy. If we do not hear from you within 45 days from the start of the term, your offer may be rescinded.

Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Resolution

Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the condition affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties.

Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of the Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing to the above resolution that a copy of this resolution should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer.

This resolution and a list of members and institutions that support it are on the CGS website in PDF format. 

Issued by:
Marquette University Graduate School 
Zilber Hall, Room 205
P.O. Box 1881 
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881 
Phone: (414) 288-7137
Fax: (414) 288-1902


Scholarships are not renewed automatically. You must reapply for continued support beyond the terms stated in your award offer and you will be considered along with new applicants. Award decisions are based on academic credentials, not on financial need. You must maintain a 3.000 grade point average and be making suitable academic progress to be considered for additional scholarships. You should not assume that your scholarship extends to any term(s) not specifically stated in your award letter. To reapply for a scholarship, submit a Financial Aid Application for admitted students form to the Graduate School online by the appropriate competition deadline:

  • Fall:             February 15
  • Summer:      April 15
  • Spring:         November 15
  • (See CSPS application online for that scholarship's deadline.)

Rules and guidelines

The following describes the rules and guidelines that apply to your award. By accepting your award offer, you agree to the rules and guidelines below. 

Amount of Award 

The dollar value of your award is stated on your offer letter. Your award will not pay for more than this amount. You must pay for all charges that exceed the stated dollar value of your scholarship and for tuition/fees related to courses that are not covered by your scholarship.

Disbursement of Your Scholarship 

Your scholarship will be applied to your Bursar account or show up as an anticipated payment, after we receive your acceptance of your offer and after you register for classes. Actual posting of scholarships typically is done one week before classes start. If you receive a scholarship after you already paid for your courses, you will be notified by the Bursar when you may receive a refund.

Eligible, Valid & Invalid Courses

Eligible Courses 

Scholarship awards may only be used to pay for valid courses that are directly related to your degree.

Valid Courses 

Graduate-level courses numbered 5000 and above that count toward your degree.

Invalid Courses

  • Audited courses (if you register for audit courses or change from credit to audit during the semester you are responsible for the tuition fees for those courses).

  • Undergraduate-level courses taken for undergraduate credit including prerequisites or deficiency courses.

  • Personal preference courses within or outside of your discipline that will not count toward your degree and that have not been approved for scholarship coverage by both your department and the Graduate School in writing.

Graduate School of Management Students 

Financial aid to students in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, and Human Resources is jointly administered by the Graduate School and the Graduate School of Management. GSM students are expected to follow the rules and guidelines in this document. Additional conditions may be placed on awards by the GSM. If that is the case you will be notified in writing in your award letter, or separately, by the GSM. Requests for waivers of any of the rules in this document must receive the approval of the GSM.

Privately-Funded (Named) Awards

If your award is funded by an individual philanthropist, foundation, organization, or endowment, you may be contacted by University Advancement and invited to participate in their Student Thank You Program. The program, which is optional, allows students to express their gratitude to the donors. 


 You must register no later than the last date of registration of the first semester of your award term or your award may be rescinded and offered to another student.

Term of Award

Awards are semester specific. Refer to your award letter for the amount of your scholarship for fall, spring, and summer terms. Unused scholarship money from one term does not automatically carry forward to another term. You must contact the Graduate School in writing to request the transfer of any of your scholarship money from one term to another. Award money cannot be transferred from one aid year to another. Aid years begin in the fall term and go through the following summer.

Thesis/Dissertation Credits

Scholarships will not pay for more than 6 thesis or 12 dissertation credits.