Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
You must apply online. Application forms can be found via the online system at: http://www.gradschool.unh.edu/apply.php. If for some reason you do not have access to apply online, contact Sanjeev Sharma at Sanjeev.Sharma@unh.edu or 603-862-1871.
Submitting online has many advantages. Applicant data arrives securely, directly, and immediately into the graduate school admissions system, without data entry errors. The arrival of your electronic data notifies us that your hard copy materials will follow, and if the hard copy package does not arrive in the mail, we can notify you. Hard copy materials can include transcripts and letters of recommendation.
All information about the application process for international students, including visas, is available at http://www.gradschool.unh.edu/international.php.
The program looks for applicants who have the proven academic ability to complete a rigorous course of study and at least one or more years of relevant experience. We evaluate all candidates based on the following criteria: the personal statement, résumé/curriculum vitae, transcripts of prior college and/or graduate schoolwork, and letters of recommendation.
The personal statement is the single most important part of the application. In it you should clearly demonstrate your interest in the program and how it fits into your specific career goals. It should be a clear, concise statement of the applicant’s relevant past experiences, including academics, research, and/or work experience. The statement should also include an expression of interests and an explanation of the student’s goals in pursuing a master’s degree.
Individuals with very strong academic records who have also had significant internship and/or study abroad experience may be accepted. Recent undergraduates with very strong academic credentials might be encouraged to reapply after they have pursued one or more years of relevant work.
An international student whose bachelor’s degree was not earned from an institution in which English was the language of instruction must submit proof of competency in English. Applicants currently attending an English-speaking graduate school are not exempt. Competency in English can be demonstrated by the following methods:
- Taking the TOEFL and receiving a minimum score of 550 on the paper test or 213 on the computer-based test or 80 on the iBT. For more information, visit the ETS web page.
- Taking and submitting results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score no less than 6.5. For more, information, visit: www.ielts.org.
Tuition and Payment
Tuition for the Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program totals $30,063 ($27,330 for New Hampshire residents) for both the 14-month and 24-month pathways. A detailed breakdown of tuition, room & board, and fees & expenses can be found by viewing the Tuition and Cost page.
Your sponsor must send in a letter, addressed to the Graduate School Admissions Office/UNH, indicating that s/he is committing to sponsor you financially for your degree program. The exact amount of the sponsorship must be included in the letter and backed up by the supporting documentation. The letter must indicate the total committed amount that will be available to you prior to the bill due date (More information about billing due dates ). The letter must clearly state your sponsor’s full name and contact information (address, phone number, and e-mail). It must be signed and dated by the sponsor and include the sponsor’s bank account information to match the supporting bank statement. The bank statement should be a statement of the person’s account activity and balances. It may be sent to us by email if it is sent directly from an official bank email account. If this is not possible, a printout for the customer (your sponsor) is fine, as long as it is on the bank’s official letterhead.
Carsey School of Public Policy Scholarships
The Carsey School of Public Policy offers a limited number of needs-based partial tuition scholarships to students who have submitted the online application to the Master in Community Development Policy and Practice program. In order to be considered for a Carsey School Scholarship, please download, complete, and submit your Online Scholarship Application Form by March 31st. Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an award within two to three weeks after submitting a completed application. We also encourage students who are awarded a scholarship to leverage their award by seeking additional funding opportunities from other sources.
For a more detailed listing of scholarships, fellowships, and other funding opportunities, please visit the Financial Aid webpage.
We strongly encourage you to look into other outside scholarship opportunities from organizations such as the World Bank, Fulbright, the Ford Foundation, or the American Association of University Women (among others). We maintain a list of possible scholarship opportunities on the Financial Aid webpage under the “Other Sources of Financial Aid” section at the bottom to assist you in your search for supplemental funding. Please note that the list is not comprehensive and that there are most likely additional opportunities that exist of which we are not aware. Use it only as the beginning of a broader and more comprehensive search.
If you are unable to submit all of the documentation necessary to hold your space in the class (statement of acceptance, completed VIDOF with supporting documentation, etc.), please contact Sanjeev Sharma promptly to provide the details of your situation so that he can advise you on the best way to proceed.
Carsey Scholarships based on financial need are considered and awarded to individuals for the program year of application. If an admitted student who has been awarded a Carsey Scholarship needs to defer his/her start date due to financial reasons, their scholarship application will also be deferred and given priority reconsideration for the new program start date.
Domestic students are eligible for both private and federal loans. This page has basic loan information. More detailed information can be found at Borrow Smart. The link provides information on educational loan options geared toward UNH students.
International students are eligible for private loans. Private educational loans depend on applications sent directly to the lending organizations. Each private lending organization has its own policies governing when the approval can be made, so the best way to check this out would be on the organizations' individual websites. If you are considering loans to finance your studies, you will need to show that you have secured the amount indicated on your VIDOF form minus any scholarships you may have received from UNH. As the loan process can be lengthy, you should begin the process as soon as possible. There are U.S.-based private loan options, but international students need to have a U.S. or naturalized citizen to co-sign the loan. You can research these loan options at Borrow Smart. This link will direct you to educational loan options. Please note that you would not be eligible for the federal loan options, only the private lenders. You may also want to conduct a search for educational loans for international students on the web. Two options are www.internationalstudentloan.com and www.globalilc.com. For further information about financial aid, please go to the UNH Financial Aid website.
UNH offers two types of federal loans for U.S. citizens:
The Stafford Loan is a guaranteed student loan with a limit of $20,500 per academic or calendar year. In order to request this loan, you will need to complete the application form on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website, www.fafsa.ed.gov. It will help to have your previous year’s income tax return available when completing the application, as many of the questions asked are the same as on your return.
The Graduate PLUS loan is an option if you exhaust your Stafford eligibility and feel you would like additional loans. To qualify, you must have already drawn on the maximum Stafford amount for the year. Approval is based on a credit check. The maximum amount you can borrow from the Graduate PLUS loan is equal to the cost of attendance minus any scholarships or additional loans you have received. The Graduate PLUS loan cannot be approved until 60 days before the official start of the program since it depends on an application process that includes a credit check. Click here for GradPLUS information.
You may apply for the Stafford loan at any time, since it is guaranteed and your eligibility will not change. As far as the FAFSA goes, it is easiest to complete the online application at the same time you do your annual taxes, as many of the questions asked are the same. Once you are finished, which is confirmed by email, the file is sent to us electronically. Since the Stafford Loan is guaranteed, we can let you know your eligibility as soon as we have the form and the FAFSA information.
Private educational loans depend on applications sent directly to the lending organizations. Each private lending organization has its own policies governing when the approval can be made, so the best way to check this out would be on the organizations' individual websites.
Your sponsor must send in a letter, addressed to the Graduate School Admissions Office/UNH, indicating that s/he is committing to sponsor you financially for your degree program. The exact amount of the sponsorship must be included in the letter and backed up by the supporting documentation. The letter must indicate the total committed amount that will be available to you prior to the bill due date (in early May) of the summer semester. The letter must clearly state your sponsor’s full name and contact information (address, phone number, and email). It must be signed and dated by the sponsor and include the sponsor’s bank account information to match the supporting bank statement. The bank statement should be a statement of the person’s account activity and balances. It may be sent to us by email if it is sent directly from an official bank email account. If this is not possible, a printout for the customer (your sponsor) is fine, as long as it is on the bank’s official letterhead.