Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

If you have any questions about scholarships, please email Kevin McCarthy, PhD, at [email protected]. Please include "PCOP Scholarship" in your email subject line.

Patricia Claffie Fund

Each year, annual tuition grants of up to $3,500 are available to Clinical Social Workers enrolled in any of the psychoanalytic or psychotherapy programs. Students may reapply for this grant but may only receive the grant twice.

Foundation Scholarships

The Foundation Scholarships are intended to facilitate the enrollment and attendance of an applicant who otherwise would not enroll in the program. Amounts available may vary and are based on the amount of unrestricted funds available to the Foundation at the end of a given fiscal year. The amounts may be shared among multiple qualified applicants. Students can reapply for these scholarships every year.

Henri Parens Hope Scholarship

This scholarship has been established to assist financially challenged students who plan to apply psychoanalytic knowledge to the understanding of social problems with the intention to improve the life of humans, especially children. Up to $1,400 will be awarded each year. Applicants may receive this scholarship more than once, but they must re-apply each year.

Resident Education Fund

This fund is awarded to one psychiatry resident or fellow from the Philadelphia area who has been accepted in the Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program each year. This scholarship will cover tuition for as many years as the student is in a psychotherapy program, meaning that the student would receive tuition for all three years of the psychotherapy program. Students who receive the award will need to write a statement every year to demonstrate financial need in order to continue to receive funding.


Edward L. Hicks, MD, Scholarship Fund

This scholarship has been established to assist students with a demonstrated financial need and desire to train. 


Criteria for the Above Scholarships (Claffie, Foundation, Parens, Hicks, Resident Education Fund)

1. Enrollment in a PCOP training program (FOPT, psychotherapy program, psychoanalytic program, or child integrated program).
2. Demonstration of how participation in the named training program will support your planned career development.
3. Demonstration of financial need through description of current income level (1040 or similar financial document to be attached). Significant savings (investments, trust funds, etc.) will be taken into account.  


The Biddle Loan

The Biddle Loan Fund is available for tuition support for psychoanalytic and psychotherapy students. The interest is based on the prime rate currently in effect at the time of application less 1%.

Psychoanalytic Candidates:

The maximum available to each candidate is $15,000. Candidates can receive yearly installments of up to $5,000, with monthly repayment of principal to begin no later than the end of the fourth year of candidacy.

Psychotherapy Students:

The maximum available to each student is $4,000. Students can receive yearly installments of up to $2,000, with monthly repayment of principal to begin no later than the end of the second year of enrollment in the program.


APsA's Psychoanalytic Social Work Tuition Support Award

The APsA Graduate Education in Social Work Committee was re-established in 2021 to collaborate on various projects to promote awareness about the relevance of psychoanalytic education among social work students and licensed social workers in the community. Currently, this committee is able to offer two awards of $750 each to a licensed social worker, who is less than five years post-master's and is applying for tuition support based on financial need.
The American Psychoanalytic Association, Graduate Education in Social Work Committee
Eligibility Criteria: 
For this award, a recent MSW graduate and/or early career social worker is defined as a licensed social worker in the United States, who has a Master's of Social Work degree, with less than five years post-master's experience. The tuition support award is for a continuing education program and/or post-master's institute training program that is provided by an APsA-approved institute or APsA affiliate society. The duration of the education program must be a minimum of ten weeks. Applicants do not need to have prior academic experience or knowledge about psychodynamic theory in order to qualify for this award.
Please note: This award is based on financial need and is only for tuition. The award is paid directly to the training institute or continuing education program once the award recipient has confirmed program registration and cost of tuition. Preference will be given to applicants who are not receiving additional tuition support for the program named on this application.
Tuition Support Fund Application Materials: 
  • A one-page or two-page letter or essay stating your full legal name, professional and educational background, credentials, financial need, and reasons for participating in a continuing education program related to learning applied psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy and/or psychoanalysis (introductory level programs are eligible as well)
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) and at least one professional or academic recommendation letter
  • Tuition Invoice for the APsA continuing education program or approved institute program
  • Submission Deadline:  May 19, 2023


The Candidate Assistance Fund of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Loans up to $5,000 are provided to candidates training to be psychoanalysts. The loans are to be repaid within a maximum of six years. There are two criteria considered in approving a loan: the need as evidenced by an applicant’s financial need and the ability to repay the loan as evidenced by the applicant’s overall financial health. Eligibility is based on APsA Affiliate Membership in good standing, the completion of one year of training, and demonstrated financial need.

Application: Email Tom Newman, APsaA’s Executive Director, for an application form at [email protected]. See APsA website for application deadline.

Psychotherapy to Psychoanalytic Tuition Discount

Any PPTP student/graduate who is accepted for psychoanalytic training at PCOP will be eligible for a scholarship/tuition discount. If the candidate has completed one year of psychotherapy training, he/she will receive one year’s tuition discount; if the candidate has completed two years of psychotherapy training, then he/she will receive two years’ tuition discount. Because the annual psychoanalytic tuition payments are made in two equal installments, the discount will be split in half and applied to each semester’s payment, meaning if a student paid $2100 for one year's tuition in the PPTP program, that student would receive a $1,050 discount in the fall and a $1,050 discount in the spring for training in the psychoanalytic program.

The only exception to this discount is if a student received the Resident Education Fund during his or her training in the psychotherapy program. If this was received, the student is not eligible for the psychotherapy to psychoanalytic tuition discount.


CLICK HERE to access the Scholarship Application for Current Students*

Important Information

  • If someone is in financial need at the beginning of a training program and continues to be in need as he/she continues in the training program, the Scholarship Committee will take the person’s ongoing need into account as he/she continues in the training program. Therefore, if he/she applies a second time for a scholarship, the Committee will consider the ongoing need and recognizes the importance of the applicant’s being able to complete the training program in which he/she is enrolled. However, all applicants must recognize that the Committee will give equal weight to new applicants, who may rely on scholarships to begin their training.
  • The Scholarship Committee will work to ensure that applicants who are in need are funded during their whole training program experience (although this cannot be guaranteed), especially if opportunities to increase their income won’t expand until later in their career development. The Resident Education Fund is the only scholarship that will fund an applicant for as long as he/she is in the program (one, two, or three years).


 *Please note that FOPT Applicants may use the scholarship application attached to their FOPT application.