Graduate Students

Pursue a MA in American History. This 30-credit program is fully online and fully accredited. The program is open to K-12 educators, district supervisors, librarians, museum professionals, and National Park Service employees who are affiliated with the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

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FAFSA Simplification Updates

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is now open to complete at

The U.S. Department of Education has overhauled the 2024-2025 FAFSA to streamline the federal aid application process. Due to the December 31 delayed soft launch, our office will not begin to receive summaries of FAFSA information until later in March. We encourage all graduate students who wish to utilize federal loans during the 2024-2025 academic year to submit the 2024-25 FAFSA as soon as possible so our office will be able to confirm federal financial aid loan eligibility as soon as FAFSA information is available to colleges.

Our office recognizes that some may experience technical issues completing and submitting the 2024-2025 FAFSA. We are monitoring known issues and staying informed of resolutions as they become available. You can view the latest status and report issues at

Cost of Attendance

Direct CostsEstimated Indirect Costs (per term)
Tuition and Fees
750.00 per 3 credit course
Books and Supplies ……….$250.00
Room and Board …………$1,500.00
Direct loan fees ……………$15.00
Miscellaneous ………$605.00

Total cost of attendance (based on one course) $3,405.00

Indirect costs are included in the Total Cost of Attendance. The College uses these amounts when determining a student’s eligibility for financial aid; however, these costs vary by student and are not billed by the college.

Applying for Federal Financial Aid

A FAFSA must be submitted annually in order to utilize the Direct Unsubsidized student loan and/or Grad PLUS loan. The FAFSA becomes available each year on October 1st. We recommend that students utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in the FAFSA to directly import completed 2021 Federal Tax information. Gettysburg College code is 003268. First-time borrowers must complete Entrance Counseling and a Loan Agreement (MPN) at

  1. Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan Information: Please note, students are aided with the tuition cost that they are eligible to borrow each term and it is the student’s responsibility to confirm the amount to be borrowed through the Campus Experience portal or by emailing
  2. Grad PLUS Loan: Students should complete the Grad PLUS loan request form and return to the financial aid office at least 30 days before funds are needed

Additional Information

Abraham Lincoln Scholarship Opportunity

Applications are open for the Spring 2023 Abraham Lincoln Scholarships awarded through Gilder Lehrman! Admitted students can complete the form linked below by January 18, 2023 to apply for one Abraham Lincoln scholarship to be applied to the Spring 2023 term of the Gettysburg College-Gilder Lehrman MA in American History program. 33 scholarships of $500 each will be awarded for courses taken during the Spring 2023 term. Recipients will be notified on January 30, 2023.

Note that tuition for the Spring 2023 term is due February 1, 2023 or shortly after receiving the tuition bill if registering after the tuition deadline. The $500 scholarship will be sent via mail through Gilder Lehrman as partial reimbursement for the tuition payment. Please email if you have questions about the scholarship application.

Click here to begin your scholarship application.