Graduate Financial Aid

Student Loans

McKendree offers financial aid in the form of Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans. The maximum annual loan eligibility for a degree seeking graduate student, effective 7/1/15, is up to $20,500.  The interest rate for the 2023-24 award year is 7.05%.

Graduate students must be enrolled for Fall and/or Spring semester in at least a half-time status (5 hours) as a degree seeking student to be considered for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan eligibility.  Full-time status is nine (9) or more hours per semester.

The Summer semester is based on a student's summer enrollment hours and reviewed after registration for eligibility.  Half-time status for the summer is 5 hours and full-time status is 9 or more hours.

The aggregate loan limit for Graduate Students is $138,500.

Applying for Financial Aid

An application for financial aid cannot be considered until a student is admitted to the University and enrolled in a degree-seeking program. Students must be enrolled in at least half-time status to be eligible for federal loans. To apply for a federal loan, an admitted student must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the federal student aid program. This form is available online or from the McKendree Financial Aid Office. When the FAFSA has been processed, the student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). McKendree (Title IV code number 001722) will receive the SAR electronically if McKendree is listed as one of the schools on the FAFSA. Once the Financial Aid Office receives this information, the student will then be notified of aid eligibility. A student may be selected for verification by the federal government. This requires that the student submit additional documentation. The Financial Aid Office will notify a student of the documents that need to be provided. Verification must be completed before any federal loans will be certified. After a student is registered, progress of financial aid award can be viewed at MyMcK - Self Service.

McKendree School Code: 001722

Helpful Financial Aid Websites

FAFSA -- (Please be certain to use the correct extension not .com).  Complete as soon after October 1st as possible.  The FSA ID mentioned below will allow a student to complete the application on line and a Student Aid Index (SAI) will be provided at the end of the process.  -- This is the site where a student and parent can obtain a username and password. This username and password is unique to each individual and represents an electronic signature which can be used to sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Alternative Loans

Students attending McKendree University Graduate programs, may choose to borrow an Alternative Loan through an external company, such as a bank or lending institution not associated with the Department of Education (FAFSA) or the University.  Alternative Loans are credit based, and may require a credit-worthy co-signer. Interest rate and repayment are dependent on the lender and students are encouraged to research the options that best fit their needs. To view a list of historical lenders at McKendree University visit


Payment Plan

Please click here to be directed to the McKendree University Payment Plan.

Employer Reimbursement 

1. Only the amount that will be paid by the employer can be deferred. Any remaining portion should be paid promptly by the student.

2. A letter from the employer stating that the employee (student) is eligible for tuition reimbursement will be required each semester and should be emailed to before the start of the term.

3. The student should make every attempt possible to pay as they go. Payment is due by or before 30 days from the date grades are available. Please make note of these dates when registered for 8-week courses.

4. Checks sent directly to McKendree should be made payable to McKendree University with the student ID number on the memo line.

5. Registration for future terms is permitted if the student is current with deferred payment for the current term. Please direct questions to the Director of Student Accounts: 618-537-6547.