How Do I Pay for Grad School?
Can You Afford to go to Graduate School?
What will it cost me?
Students who apply to public institutions for graduate and professional degrees are often stunned to find out how much more expensive post-baccalaureate education is than undergraduate education. As a rule of thumb, you will pay twice as much in tuition for a graduate or professional degree compared to the undergraduate tuition at the same institution.
Where do I begin?
A good place to start is completing the FAFSA online application. Most graduate schools use it to determine everything from loans to fellowships to teaching assistantships. Since each graduate program will have its own fund for granting assistance, call or visit the program website to determine what loans or fellowships may be available. The US News & World Report also has an excellent page for finding loans, scholarships, and grants for graduate school.
Can I expect funding?
Typically, funding has a lot to do with whether you are considering a PhD or Master's Degree, whether you are thinking about a graduate program or a professional program. The difference between PhD and Master's program is that most PhD programs provide substantial funding, while very few Masters programs do. Obviously, there are exceptions to this, but they are rare.
Scholarship & Fellowship Links
- AACC Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program
- American Association of University Women (AAUW)
- Academy for Educational Development Fellowships (Now FHI 360)
- American Sociological Association Graduate Funding
- Arkansas Scholarship Connection
- Art, Film, Writing Scholarships/Competitions List
- Biological Sciences Funding Support
- Burger King Scholarship Program
- California Student Aid Commission
- Cal Grant Teaching Credential Program
- College Board Scholarship Search
- Data Science Fellowship Program
- Development Fund for Black Students in Science Scholarship
- The Gates Millennium Scholarships
- Graduate Fellows for Minorities and Women in the Physical Sciences
- Gateways to US Government Grants/Money
- GEM Fellowship Program
- Government Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Internships
- Graduate Scholarships in Engineering
- Hudson River Graduate Fellows
- Multiple List of Minority Scholarships
- National Security Education Program Graduate International Fellowships
- Research Program for Women & Minorities Underrepresented in the Sciences
- Scholarships and Financial Aid for Minorities and Women
- Sports Scholarships and Internships
- State Farm Insurance Achievement Scholarships
- Target Scholarships
- Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
- United Negro College Fund Merck Science Initiative
- United States Institute of Peace
- William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students