The Master of Science in Data Science is a full-time graduate education program.

Financial Aid

Many students may qualify for financial aid in the form of student loans. UVA Student Financial Services awards only federal aid to graduate students. This includes Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Direct Graduate PLUS Loans (if interest is indicated on the application) and Federal Work Study. 

Learn more about Financial Aid for Graduate and Professional students here.

Please contact Debbie Davis, Assistant Director of Graduate Financial Aid with questions at: dlb8n@virginia.edu.


Need-based Fellowship for Residential MSDS Students 

Some students may also qualify for need-based fellowships. To qualify students must indicate they would like to be considered for need-based fellowships on their application (specific question on the application), and submit your FAFSA by March 1, 2021. To learn more about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid check here. 

If you have questions about need-based fellowship, please feel free to contact: Patti Edson: patti.edson@virginia.edu.


Need-based Fellowship for Online MSDS Students

Some online MSDS students may also qualify for need-based fellowships. 

Online MSDS Applicants 

To apply for need-based fellowships, you must complete the 2021-22 FAFSA.

We encourage you to submit the FAFSA early to ensure adequate processing time by UVA’s Graduate Financial Aid Office, and necessary deadlines are listed below.

  • School of Data Science Form

    • Students must also complete a quick SDS form (30 seconds to complete) for the School of Data Science, if they wish to be considered for a need-based fellowship. 
  • Deadline

    • Round 1 Priority Application Deadline: April 26, 2021
      • FAFSA submitted: April 26, 2021
    • Round 2 Final Submit Application: June 28, 2021
      • FAFSA submitted: June 28, 2021

Online MSDS Current Students

 

To apply for need-based fellowships, you must complete the 2021-22 FAFSA.

We encourage you to submit the FAFSA early to ensure adequate processing time by UVA’s Graduate Financial Aid Office, and necessary deadlines are listed below.

Current online MSDS students wishing to apply for a need-based fellowship for the remainder of their semesters may do so beginning with the fall 2021 semester. 

  • School of Data Science Form

    • Students must also complete a quick SDS form (30 seconds to complete) for the School of Data Science, if they wish to be considered for a need-based fellowship. 
  • Deadline

    • Students should submit their FAFSA by June 28, 2021 to be eligible for a need-based fellowship.

Additional Information 

  1. Need-based financial aid awards will be distributed over the length of five semesters. Students who take longer than five semesters to graduate will not receive additional financial aid for those semesters. The funds distributed will be capped at the total amount of the original award. 
  2. Students who take a leave of absence or change their academic course load may not be eligible for the need-based award during that semester.
  3. Students will need to submit a new FAFSA each year. A new financial aid year begins with the summer term for graduate students. 
  4. To learn more about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid check here. 

If you have questions about need-based fellowships, please feel free to contact Director of Admission and Financial Aid Patti Edson: patti.edson@virginia.edu or Debbie Davis, Assistant Director of Graduate Financial Aid: dlb8n@virginia.edu.

If you have questions or want additional information about financial aid options, visit UVA Student Financial Services or contact SFS at (434) 982-6000 or sfs@virginia.edu.