Award Notice Process for Ph.D. Students

Academic Calendar - Class Start Dates

The official start date of classes is based on the academic calendar published by the Registrar's Office. The start and end dates of your program determines the effective date of your financial aid disbursements for the fall and spring semesters. You may view the academic calendar for your program and the established financial aid disbursement schedule for the current academic year.

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Award Notification

Students are notified beginning July 15.

Students are notified by email using their assigned JHED email address. All students are directed to accept and decline their awards through the Financial Aid Self-Service module. Students will be notified of the process at time of awarding.


Students must complete the FAFSA application for consideration of federal and institutional financial aid funding.

Loan awards from the Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan programs will not be offered until all departmental aid support has been entered on the student’s financial aid record.

Departmental Graduate Aid (DGA)

The Financial Aid Office is working with your Department to obtain information on the funding support they or any external agency (i.e., NIH) will provide for the academic year. Federal financial aid regulations (as administered by the US Department of Education) require that funding support in these areas be reported to our office and treated as a financial aid resource:

  • Tuition
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Matriculation Fee
  • Stipend

No loan requests will be processed until this information is obtained from your department.

First Time Federal Loan Borrowers

All first time borrowers of federal loans must complete an online entrance counseling session. First time borrowers of Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans will also be required to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN). Students can complete their MPN now.

No loan funds will be released for any of the above loan funds until all required information and promissory note confirmations have been received.