Funding - Graduate and Professional
Office of Career Development
Monetary support to attend graduate school is available from several sources but may
be difficult to discover what is available to you at any given time. Check the graduate
catalog for financial aid information. Deadlines are typically quite early for financial
aid applications. Request financial aid applications at the same time you request
your admissions application be sent to you.
Forms of Financial Aid
Financial Aid for Graduate and Professional school typically comes in the following
Fellowships are the equivalent of a scholarship at the graduate level.. These are
awarded based on scholastic achievement and few are available. Most of the time these
grants include free tuition and a stipend and do not have a work requirement.
- Research Assistantships
You assist a professor with research and are compensated for it. Fee remissions are
common but you may still be responsible for partial payment of tuition and/or fees.
- Teaching Assistantships
Typically you teach a basic level course or lab and are compensated with a stipend
and a full or partial tuition waiver. Requests for teaching or research assistantships
should be made directly to the department or program of interest to you.
- Long-term Educational Loans
Most schools have loan programs for which graduate students may be eligible. Such
programs included private, state, and federally-sponsored Guaranteed Student Loan
There are other forms of financial assistance that you can seek, such as Graduate
Residence Advisers, campus jobs, and internship opportunities.