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.
AACC Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Academy for Educational Development Fellowships (Now FHI 360)
American Society for Microbiology Fellowships
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
Coca-Cola Two Year College Scholarships
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
Hope Scholarships & Lifetime Credits
Hudson River Graduate Fellows
Multiple List of Minority Scholarships
National Scholarships All Levels
National Security Education Program Graduate International Fellowships
Research Program for Women & Minorities Underrepresented in the Sciences
Robert D. Watkins Minority Graduate Fellowship (Microbiology)
Scholarships and Financial Aid for Minorities and Women
Sports Scholarships and Internships
State Farm Insurance Achievement Scholarships
Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
United Negro College Fund Merck Science Initiative
United States Institute of Peace National Peace Essay Contest
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students