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Paying for Graduate School 



Paying for Graduate 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.

When it comes to the difference between Graduate and Professional Programs Graduate programs prepared students for research and teaching careers in academic disciplines such as chemistry, biology, psychology, history, English, etc. Professional programs prepare students for careers in business and industry such as Public Administration, Business Administration, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, etc. While Graduate programs often provide funding, professional programs seldom do.

Scholarship Links

AACC Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program
   http://www.aaccnet.org/foundation/graduate.asp

Academy for Educational Development Fellowships
 http://aed.org/

Accounting Scholarships
http://www.aicpa.org/about/affiliates/aicpafoundation/pages/scholarshipsfellowships.aspx

American Association of University Women Fellowships
   http://www.aauw.org/

American Geological Institute Minority Geoscience Scholarships
   http://www.agiweb.org/mpp/application

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowships
   http://www.aigc.com/

American Political Science Association 
  http://www.apsanet.org/content_3115.cfm

American Psychological Association (APA) Scholarships and Fellowships
   http://www.apa.org/students/funding.html

The American Psychological Foundation
   http://www.apa.org/mfp/

American Society for Microbiology Fellowships
http://www.asm.org/index.php/awards-grants/fellowships.html

American Sociological Association Graduate Funding
http://www.asanet.org/funding/index.cfm

Americorps
   http://www.cns.gov/

Arkansas Scholarship Connection
   http://www.arkansasscholarshipconnection.org/

Art, Film, Writing Scholarships/Competitions List
http://artdeadlineslist.com/

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
   http://www.astronautscholarship.org/

Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships
   http://www.aynrand.org/contests/

Biological Sciences Funding Support
   http://www.grantsnet.org

Black Excel - 25 Scholarship Gateways
   http://www.blackexcel.org/25scholarships.htm

Brand Essay Competition
   http://www.instituteforbrandleadership.org/IBLEssayContest-2002Rules.html

Bristol-Myers Squibb Minority Fellowships in Academic Medicine
http://www.bms.com/responsibility/grantsandgiving/Corporate_Giving/Pages/fellowships_scholarships_awards.aspx

Burger King Scholarship Program
http://www.haveityourwayfoundation.org/burger_king_scholars_program.html

California Student Aid Commission
   http://www.csac.ca.gov/

California Student Aid Commission
   http://www.csac.ca.gov/

College Answer: Guide to college admissions and financial aid
   http://www.collegeanswer.com

The Gates Millennium Scholarships
   http://www.gmsp.org/main.cfm

GEM Fellowship Program
http://gemfellowship.org/gem-fellowship

Graduate Fellows for Minorities and Women in the Physical Sciences
http://www.nsep.gov/initiatives/

National Security Education Program Graduate International Fellowships
   http://www.aed.org/nsep

Nationally Recognized Scholarships/Fellowships/Internships
   http://www.maes-natl.org/pagess/fundfellow.html

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Minorities and Women
http://www.fundsnetservices.com/searchresult/15/Women-Grants.html

Scholarships for Minorities
   http://www.free-4u.com/minority.htm

Sciencenet Scholarship Listing
   http://www.sciencenet.emory.edu/undergrad/scholarships.html

Social Sciences Research Council Programs
   http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/

California Student Aid Commission
   http://www.csac.ca.gov/

Coca Cola Scholarships
   http://www2.coca-cola.com/citizenship/education_scholarsfoundation.html

Coca-Cola Two Year College Scholarships
   http://www.coca-colascholars.org/programs.html

College Board Scholarship Search
   http://cbweb10p.collegeboard.org/fundfinder/html/fundfind01.html

College Fund/UNCF
   http://www.uncf.org/

College Loans
   http://www.thecollegeloan.org

Collegenet's Scholarship Database
   http://mach25.collegenet.com/cgi-bin/M25/index

Department of Defense Fellowships
   http://www.asee.org/ndseg/

Development Fund for Black Students in Science Scholarship
   http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/dlhinson/dfb_sch.htm

Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarships
   http://www.aasa.org/Discover.htm

Easley National Scholarship Program
   http://www.naas.org/senior.htm

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowships
   http://www.hertzfndn.org

Fast Aid
   http://www.fastaid.com

Fastweb Scholarship Search
   http://www.fastweb.com/

Federal Scholarships & Aid Gateways
   http://www.fedmoney.org/

FinAid: the Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid (Scholarships)
   http://www.finaid.org/

FinAid/Other Types of Aid/Minority Students
http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/minority.phtml

The Gates Millennium Scholarships
   http://www.gmsp.org/main.cfm

Gateway to 10 Free Scholarship Seaches
   http://www.college-scholarships.com/free_scholarship_searches.htm

Gateways to US Government Grants/Money
http://www.students.gov/STUGOVWebApp/Public?topicID=15&operation=topic

GE and Lulac Scholarship Funds
http://www.lnesc.org/

GEM Fellowship Program
   http://www.nd.edu/%7Egem/

Government Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Internships
   http://studentjobs.gov/e-scholar.htm

Graduate Fellows for Minorities and Women in the Physical Sciences
   http://www.npsc.org/

Graduate Scholarships in Education
   http://ed-web3.educ.msu.edu/infostu/finaid/scholar.htm

Graduate Scholarships in Engineering
   http://www.eecs.tufts.edu/~ieee/awards/GradAwards.html

Guaranteed Scholarships
   http://www.guaranteed-scholarships.com/

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Site
   http://www.truman.gov/

Historically Black College & University Scholarships
https://www.iesabroad.org/IES/Scholarships_and_Aid/Diversity_Scholarships/hbcuScholarship.html

Holocaust Remembrance Scholarships
   http://holocaust.hklaw.com/

Hope Scholarships & Lifetime Credits
http://www2.ed.gov/offices/OPE/PPI/HOPE/index.html

Hudson River Graduate Fellows
http://www.hudsonriver.org/graduate_fellow.htm

Intel Science Talent Search
http://www.societyforscience.org/sts

International Students Scholarships & Aid Help
   http://www.iefa.org/

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships
   http://www.jackierobinson.org/

Marine Corps Scholarships
   http://www.marine-scholars.org/

Mcdonald's Education Scholarships (With UNCF)
   http://www.mcdonalds.com/countries/usa/community/education/scholarships/

Mcdonald's Education Scholarships (With UNCF)
   http://www.mcdonalds.com/countries/usa/community/education/scholarships/

McNair Scholars Program
http://mcnairscholars.com/

Methodist Scholarships
   http://www.free-4u.com/methodist_scholarships.htm

Microsoft Scholarship Program
   http://www.microsoft.com/college/scholarships/minority.asp

Minority Health Program
   http://www.ahcpr.gov/fund/minortrg.htm

Minority Scholarships (Doctoral Students in Accounting)
   http://www.aicpa.org/members/div/career/mini/fmds.htm

Multiple List of Minority Scholarships
   http://gehon.ir.miami.edu/financial-assistance/Scholarship/black.html

National Assoc. of Black Journalists Scholarships (NABJ)
http://www.nabj.org/?page=SEEDScholarships

National Minority Fellowships
   http://honors.tamu.edu/honors/scholarships/natminor.htm

National Scholarships All Levels
   http://scholarships.fatomei.com/

National Science Foundation
   http://www.nsf.gov/

National Security Education Program Graduate International Fellowships
   http://www.aed.org/nsep

National Women's Association
http://www.nwsa.org/students/opportunities.php

National Science Foundation
   http://www.nsf.gov/

National Security Education Program Graduate International Fellowships
   http://www.aed.org/nsep

National Women's Association
   http://www.nwsa.org/scholarship.htm

Nationally Recognized Scholarships/Fellowships/Internships
   http://www.maes-natl.org/pagess/fundfellow.html

Navy Scholarships and Financial Assistance for Dental Students
   http://www.navy.com/healthcare/dentistry

Navy Scholarships and Financial Assistance for Healthcare/Medical Services Students (Public Health, Health Administration, Medical Entomology, Pharmacy, Optometry, Physiology)
   http://www.navy.com/healthcare/medicalservices

Navy Scholarships and Financial Assistance for Nursing Students
   http://www.navy.com/healthcare/nursing

Navy Scholarships and Financial Assistance for Medical Students
   http://www.navy.com/healthcare/physicians

Presidential Freedom Scholarships
   http://www.nationalservice.org/scholarships/

Project Excellence Scholarships
   http://www.project-excellence.com

Research Program for Women & Minorities Underrepresented in the Sciences
   http://www.research.att.com/academic/urp.html

Robert D. Watkins Minority Graduate Fellowship (microbiology)
http://www.asm.org/index.php/education/asm-robert-d-watkins-graduate-research-fellowship.html

Ron Brown Scholar Program
   http://www.ronbrown.org/

The ROTC Scholarships
http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/scholarships.html

Sallie Mae's Fund
   http://www.thesalliemaefund.org/

Saul T. Wilson Scholarships (Veterinary)
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/audience/students.shtml

Scholarship and Financial Aid Help
   http://www.blackexcel.org/fin-sch.htm

Scholarship Search - from Fresch!
   http://www.freschinfo.com

ScholarshipHunter
   http://www.scholarshiphunter.com

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Minorities and Women
   http://www.fundsnetservices.com/finaid06.htm

Scholarships and Grants
   http://www.elclick.com/lulfoundation/html/resources.html

Scholarships for Minorities
   http://www.free-4u.com/minority.htm

Scholarships for Study in Paralegal Studies
http://www.ehow.com/list_7230373_scholarships-study-paralegal-studies.html

Scholarships on the Net (1,500)
   http://advocacy-net.com/scholarmks.htm

Sciencenet Scholarship Listing
   http://www.sciencenet.emory.edu/undergrad/scholarships.html

Siemens Westinghouse Competition
   http://www.siemens-foundation.org/

Social Sciences Research Council Programs
   http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/

Sports Scholarships and Internships
http://www.ncaa.org/wps/portal/ncaahome?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/ncaa/NCAA/Academics+and+Athletes/Scholarships+and+Internships/Scholarships+and+Internships+Home

State Farm Insurance Achievement Scholarships
   http://www.statefarm.com/foundati/awards.htm

State Farm Insurance Hispanic Scholarships
   http://www.statefarm.com/foundati/hispanic.htm

Student Inventors Scholarships
   http://www.invent.org/collegiate/

Student Video Scholarships
http://www.christophers.org/Page.aspx?pid=273

Target Scholarships
   http://target.com/common/page.jhtml?content=target_cg_scholarship

Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
http://thurgoodmarshallfund.net/student/scholarshipprograms

Tylenol Scholarships
   http://scholarship.tylenol.com/

Undergraduate Scholarships (National Institutes of Health Scholarships)
https://ugsp.nih.gov/

Union Sponsored Scholarships and Aid
http://www.unionplus.org/college-education-financing/union-plus-scholarship

United Negro College Fund Merck Science Initiative
   http://www.uncf.org/merck/program.htm

United States Institute of Peace National Peace Essay Contest
http://www.usip.org/programs/initiatives/national-peace-essay-contest

US Fulbright and Grants for Research Abroad
http://www.iie.org/Students

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students
   http://www.apsanet.org/PS/grants/aspen3.cfm



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