Pursuing further education through graduate or professional school is an important decision and one that should be made thoughtfully. If you are curious about pursuing graduate or professional school, begin by discussing your interest with a faculty member or career coach. Explore whether graduate or professional school is right for you, identify your goals and purpose for pursuing further education, and determine the steps needed to prepare for and apply to graduate or professional school.
There are expenses associated with the graduate/professional school preparation and application process. Carefully review the criteria below in order to determine whether you are eligible to apply to the Johnson Family Opportunity Fund for your graduate/professional school-related expenses.
Johnson Family Opportunity Fund Deadlines (2022-23 Academic Year)
FALL 2022 APPLICATION DEADLINES
- October 18, 2022
- December 14, 2022
SPRING 2023 APPLICATION DEADLINES
- February 15, 2023
- April 4, 2023
- May 15, 2023
Late applications will not be considered. Students should apply for funding before they have incurred the expenses related to their application whenever possible.
Please plan ahead – if you are applying for funding related to graduate/professional school application fees, you are strongly encouraged to request a faculty member to indicate support for your application by completing a Faculty Support Form, which should be requested at least two weeks before the application deadline. Only students who are requesting funding for their application expenses should ask faculty to complete this form (more details below).
Student Eligibility to apply for the Johnson Family Opportunity Fund
- Financial Need Eligibility – Low-income students meeting specific criteria are eligible to apply. If you do not meet eligibility guidelines, your application will not be considered for funding. Domestic students with an Expected Family Contribution of $10,000 or less and “high need” international students are eligible to apply. If you are uncertain about your eligibility, or believe you may have extenuating circumstances that may affect your eligibility, please reach out to Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Financial Aid office in Tomson 120.
- Class Year – Students must be a sophomore, junior, or senior during the grant period. Experiences occurring during sophomore year will be considered; experiences occurring after graduation will not be funded.
- Funding Limit/Maximum – Eligible students may apply for funding for multiple opportunities. Students may receive a maximum of $5,000 in funding (total) during their time at St. Olaf, including both Graduate/Professional School-related funding and funding for Internships & Career-enhancing Experiences.
- First generation college students are particularly encouraged to apply and will be prioritized when determining funding levels.