Scholarships and Financial Aid

Change requires diverse insights and should not be limited by financial constraints. With that in mind, we provide opportunities for students from around the world to gain the financial support they need to develop essential knowledge, skills and experience for a successful peacebuilding career.

Available funding includes several scholarship, fellowship and loan options, in addition to external resources. Please note that scholarship funds are subject to eligibility criteria and require compliance with guidelines set forth by donors and the University.

Veronica Musa at United Nations
Begin quote As a mid-career professional, the scholarship I received allowed me to transition from the field of human rights to international peacebuilding, which was a dream for me." – Veronica Musa '20 (MA)

Kroc School Tuition Discounts

The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies is pleased to offer the following tuition discounts and benefits.
  • Americorps
  • Ashoka U
  • Clergy
  • Coverdell Fellows
  • Fulbright
  • Law Enforcement
  • Tuition Remission

Merit Awards

Dean’s Merit Scholarship

The Kroc School awards the Dean’s Merit Scholarships to admitted students based on their admissions applications. You do not need to apply separately for the Dean’s Merit Scholarship; all admitted students are considered for this scholarship and recipients will be notified shortly after admission.

Named Scholarships

The Kroc School is pleased to offer privately-funded endowed and/or current-use scholarships to deserving students, thanks to the generosity of its alumni and benefactors. Each year, newly admitted Kroc School students may apply for these scholarships in a universal application*. For Fall 2021 enrollment, the named scholarship application will open on February 1, 2021 and close on March 12, 2021. The application will be sent to all newly admitted students.

Named scholarships include:

  • Darling-Andreu Peace Scholarship
  • Dolores K. Juditz Endowment Fund
  • Gerry Bush Scholarship
  • Katherine Francola Peace Scholarship
  • Paulus Peace Scholarship
  • Wasson Social Innovation Scholarship
  • William Headley Endowed Scholarship

*Some private scholarships may require additional applications. You will be notified of those additional steps should you qualify and be considered for specific scholarships.

**Note the above information is subject to change based on annual giving, donor specification, etc. This list is intended to be used as an informational tool, not an application.

Need-Based Awards

USD Graduate Grant Award

In addition to merit awards and named scholarships, the University of San Diego awards USD Graduate Grants, a need-based scholarship, after a graduate student is admitted. Please view the FAQ list below for more information, or contact  the USD Office of Financial Aid for more information.

USD Graduate Guide to Applying for Financial Aid

Need-Based Awards (USD Graduate Grant) FAQ

The University of San Diego awards USD Graduate Grants, a need-based scholarship, after a student is admitted. The following details were provided by the USD Office of Financial Aid. Please email for more information.

  • What is FAFSA?
  • Can students apply for their FAFSA before they are admitted?
  • When are the need-based scholarships awarded?
  • How are students alerted if they are awarded?
  • Does the need-based award get adjusted?
  • 2020-2021 USD Graduate Grant Policy Acknowledgement
The Kroc School does not process, recommend, manage, nor award need-based scholarships or grants. This information is provided as a recourse for admitted students. Please follow the appropriate links below for more information.

USD Funding, Outside Funding, And More

In addition to the merit scholarships, Kroc School applicants may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, which may require additional information. We also encourage applicants to conduct their own research to find outside funding sources.


Fellowships, scholarships and other financial aid are available for all students and are intended only to offset tuition costs.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid at the University of San Diego (USD) for additional information on how to apply for financial aid, scholarships and loans.