Financial Aid

At Hartford International University (HIU), we understand that funding your education is of high importance. We do not want finances to stand in your way. Through a combination of loans and grants, we hope to help you make your path to Hartford International a little clearer.

Financial Aid by Program

M.A. in Interreligious Studies (MAIRS)
M.A. in Chaplaincy (MAC)
Dual Pathway for M.A. in Interreligious Studies and Chaplaincy (MAIRC)

Need-based financial aid:
Domestic applicants may apply for university grants by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the HIU Supplement Form. Based on demonstrated need, admitted students who are registered for 2 classes or more (6 credits or more) may receive up to 40% off tuition.

Merit-based scholarships:
Domestic and international candidates may apply for the Dean’s Scholarship.
International applicants, who are admitted, will automatically be considered for the International Student Merit Scholarship if eligible.

M.A. in International Peacebuilding (MAP)

For the academic year 2024-2025, a combination of merit and need-based scholarships are available to eligible students who are admitted to this highly selective program. All students must reside on campus. There is no distance learning option for this program. Based on demonstrated need, grants can help cover the cost of campus housing and provide a small living stipend.

Eco-Spirituality Certificate and Interreligious Studies Certificate  

Need-based financial aid:
Domestic applicants may apply for university grants by completing the FAFSA and the HIU Supplement Form. Based on demonstrated need, admitted students may receive 25% off tuition.

Ph.D. in Interreligious Studies

Merit-based scholarships:
HIU supports our top Ph.D. candidates with partial tuition grants and provides full tuition to a very limited number of admitted Ph.D. candidates. These grants are determined and awarded once all candidates are reviewed after the application deadline of January 31st

Federal direct loans:
To be considered for federal loans, the FAFSA and the HIU Supplement Form must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.


The Financial Aid Process

Students are required to reapply for financial aid each year. Students are not guaranteed financial aid even if they received aid the previous year.

Below are the general steps in the financial aid application and disbursement process.

  • Complete the HIU Financial Aid Supplement form, and submit it to the Financial Aid Office or upload it in Populi to your Financial Aid Application.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), being sure to indicate Hartford International’s federal code, G01387. Applicants who are filing a federal tax return are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA at least two weeks after filing the tax return electronically in order to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  • Submit any additional supporting documentation, if required (for example, an IRS Tax Return Transcript or Verification Worksheet). Your application will not be considered complete until we have received all supporting documentation. For this reason, you are encouraged to apply before the appropriate deadline. The Financial Aid Office will contact you if additional documentation is required.
  • Receive a financial aid eligibility offer in Populi indicating the amount and type(s) of aid for which you are eligible. You should receive this offer within six weeks of the later of the priority deadline or the date when your application is complete.
  • Sign a master promissory note, if borrowing a federal student loan and you do not have an active MPN on file, at
  • Complete the required entrance counseling if borrowing a federal student loan for the first time, at

When your enrollment is confirmed, at the end of the add/drop period, financial aid funds are credited to your student account. If the financial aid is less than your charges, you are responsible for paying the difference.

If the financial aid is greater than your charges, the Business Office issues a refund check within 14 days, made payable to you and mailed to the address on record with the Registrar’s Office.


Financial Aid Advising

If you have questions regarding the application process or need help understanding the types of aid for which you are eligible, please contact the Financial Aid Office at

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