Student loans. 

There are a variety of loan sources that may help cover your Executive MBA program expenses (though the total of all loans and grants offered will not exceed the cost of attendance).

First, you’ll need to file a FAFSA:

  • Start by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Create an FSA ID.
  • Use the TCU school code: 003636.
  • We’ll review your eligibility once the results are available to us.


Questions? Contact Debbie Mar, Manager of Graduate Aid Programs, (817) 257-7872, NOTE: If you haven’t yet submitted a FAFSA, Debbie can only provide general answers.

Grad PLUS Loan.

The Graduate PLUS loan, or Grad PLUS loan, is a low, fixed interest rate student loan guaranteed by the U.S. government. The Grad PLUS loan is not need-based like other federal aid, but is a credit-based loan similar to a private student loan, with the benefit of a fixed interest rate and federal guarantee.

The Grad PLUS Loan allows you to borrow the total cost for your graduate school needs, including tuition, room and board, supplies, lab expenses, and travel, less any other aid.

Key benefits include:

  • Interest rate on the Graduate PLUS Student Loan is fixed
  • Grad PLUS payments can be deferred while you are in school
  • Co-signer not required
  • Interest is tax deductible for most grad students

Learn more about the Grad PLUS loan.

Unsubsidized Stafford Loans.

An Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is a federally guaranteed loan that is not based on financial need. Interest will accrue from the time the loan is disbursed to the school. Interest or principal payments are not required until six months after graduation, or six months after you drop below a half-time status. A maximum of $20,500 can be borrowed per year depending on degree status and years in school.

Learn more about the Unsubsidized Stafford loan.

Private Education Loans.

There are many options for private education loans. TCU will process applications from any legitimate lender. Eligibility varies per lender and many lenders may require a co-signer. A credit check will be performed. The co-signer is equally liable for the loan when repayment begins. Be sure to read all of the eligibility requirements for the loans, and make sure you meet the criteria. For example, some loans are available for students who are enrolled less than part-time, and some are not.

College Access Loans.

Texas residents are eligible to apply for an additional $10,000 from the College Access Loan program. Limited funds are made available by that state for these loans, so apply early.