Financial Aid Guide for Grad School

There are many opportunities for prospective graduate students to receive funding for their education. The following describes three major sources of funding for graduate education:

  • Federal and state programs
  • Colleges and universities
  • Private sources, including foundations, corporations, philanthropic organizations, and private loans from banks

Helpful Tips to Maximize Your Financial Aid Opportunities

  • Create a list of different financial aid sources you’re applying to. Know the deadlines and apply early so you’ll be assured the money.
  • Schools with strong programs in your area of study receive the most grant funding, therefore look for well-known programs in your application process.
  • Along with applying to schools with strong programs, also familiarize yourself with faculty and staff. Select schools that you feel comfortable with the faculty, so they can help you pursue your goals that align with your interests and abilities.
  • Familiarize yourself with potential graduate school’s admission and financial-aid offices. Ask about all university-administered financial aid resources, and apply for as many grants and scholarships as you can.
  • Research and write to large corporations asking them what schools have received research money from them. Apply to these schools with strong programs.
  • Research and write to the Grants Management Branch of private or govern­mental agency that aligns with your interests and what you intend to study. Ask for a current list of funded schools and apply to these schools.
  • Research and write to trade associations that represent your field of interest. Also write to organizations serving your ancestry, your nationality, or your religious affiliation, as many of these offer grants and scholarships to specific groups of people.

The federal U.S. government offers a great resource page for those interested in funding for graduate school. If you’re eligible, there are a variety of programs to help you pay for your graduate or professional education, including campus-based aid, Stafford Loans, and PLUS Loans for graduate students.

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