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New Student FAQ

Do I have to pay an Enrollment Fee?

All new entrants to Howard University are required to pay a ONE-TIME ENROLLMENT FEE of $300.00. You are not an official student of Howard University until you pay this enrollment fee.  By paying this fee you will be accepting your admittance to Howard University Graduate School. This is an out of pocket student expense that should be paid as soon as you receive your acceptance letter. Student loans or any other financial award money cannot be applied to pay this fee.  This fee is paid to the Graduate School’s Admission Office and will have to be paid before can receive your PERMIT TO REGISTER. This fee is required for all students, however if you have attended Howard University in the past, you have already paid this fee and will not have to pay it again.

Is there any financial support available to help me finance my education?

Howard University’s financial aid is broken into two categories: need-based and merit-based financial support.

All NEED-BASED BASED FINANCIAL AID is handled by the university’s Office of Financial Aid. You will need to complete a FASFA and contact the Financial Aid office directly at:

The Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships and Student Employment
2400 Sixth Street N.W., Room 205
Washington, DC 20059
e-mail: finaid@howard.edu

Tel. 202-806-2820 
Fax. 202-806-2818

Precious Smith, Assistant Director
Phone: 202-806-2864 E-mail: precious.smith@howard.edu

Pamela Marshall, Accountant
Phone: 202-806-2854 E-mail: pkmarshall@howard.edu

Maxine McCrae, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 202-806-2864 E-mail: mmccrae@howard.edu

For more detailed information, you may also visit their website at.  

All MERIT-BASED FUNDING, including Graduate Assistantships and tuition waivers are primarily based upon the recommendation by the academic departments.  Recipients of these funds must be recommended by their departments. Students should first contact their individual departments.  For more information about merit-based opportunities see

You may also go to the graduate school’s website for detailed information about the types of awards that are available and the eligibility requirements Again, all recommendation for these awards must come from department.

How do I make payments on my account? What if I am getting money from sources external to the University?

The Office of Student Financial Services handles questions about your account, payment plans and loans. You may contact this office at:

The Office of Student Financial Services
2400 Sixth Street, NW
Suite 115
Administration Building
Washington, DC 20059

Tel. 202-806-2600/2610
Fax. 202-806-5182

When should I contact my department for Academic Advising?

Immediately!!! Once you have been admitted to the graduate school your department will be your main resource for information about your course of study (i.e., advising, registration, financial aid).  As a new graduate student, you will need to set up an appointment to meet with your director of graduate studies who will act as your advisor to assist you in selecting courses for first time registration.  The director of graduate of studies will also be the person who will provide you with recommendations for advisors within the department. 

Is there any Graduate Student housing?

Howard University has many options for student living.  You can learn more about the opportunities by visiting the web site of Residence Life

Here is a list of contacts from the Office of Residence Life

One of the more popular locations to reside is the Howard University Towers, located directly across from campus.

Howard University Towers

To obtain an application for the Howard University Towers East, go to www.howard.edu/residencelife and follow the links to download an application. You may also secure an application by contacting the Property Manager, Ms. JoAnn Watson at 202-797-7148 or via e-mail at j_watson@howard.edu.  A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required. Submit the completed application and application fee to:

Howard University
Office of Residence Life
2401 Fourth St., NW
Washington , DC 20059

Howard Ellington Apartments

Howard University is also excited to offer additional graduate housing at the Howard Ellington Apartments, conveniently located on the corner of Florida and New Jersey Avenues, NW. Contact Kris Henry with Zalco Realty at (301)495-6600 for more information.

For further answers to questions, contact the Office of Residence Life via email, residencelife@howard.edu or telephone, 202-806-6131.

Off-Campus Housing Referral Service

Howard University’s Off-Campus Housing Service contains monthly listings of available Off Campus Properties throughout the Washington, D.C. Metro area.  Howard University nor the Office of Residence Life is responsible for any problems or circumstances that may arise when renting properties located in the referral listing. We do not screen the property or landlord; therefore, it is your responsibility to inquire accordingly.  

Other resources for available information on apartment and house rental can be obtained from The Washington Post newspaper, and the City Paper

There are a host of websites you may peruse to find off-campus housing.  Some of them include:

http://www.apartments.com

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/

http://rent.com

http://www.apartmentguide.com/

http://www.forrent.com/

Local rental units vary greatly in prices and amenities.  A general guide of housing cost is given below.  It is only a general guide, so do not hold this to be the standard.   

Washington , DC Rentals can range from roughly
Studio $ 600- $1125
1BDR $1180-$1425
2BDR $1000- $2250

Maryland, Rentals can range from roughly
Studio $700-  $950
1BDR $600-  $1200
2BDR $1050-$1600

Virginia, Rentals can range from roughly
Studio $740-  $1000
1BDR $750-  $1500
2BDR $1200-$2000

When should I begin planning my move to Washington, D.C.?

Student should begin planning their move to Washington DC as soon as possible, but at least 60 days prior to arrival.  It will take you about a month to find and secure appropriate housing.  That is the biggest hurdle which most students face when coming to DC.  You will also need time to arrange for all your utilities, bank accounts, insurance and other necessities.  This is best done PRIOR to beginning classes. 

The web address for the District of Columbia is http://www.dc.gov/   This invaluable site provides a great deal of information concerning the District. 

To learn about the various neighborhoods in the District go to:   http://citizenatlas.dc.gov/atlasapps/reporthometab.aspx

What is the weather like in D.C.?

D.C.'s springs (April to May) and falls (September to October) are generally mild. Summer can be very hot and humid, especially in July and August. Winters can be severe with temperatures around freezing and snow storms occasionally shutting down the city, especially in January.