Scholarships & Grants

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Graduate School can be expensive. Before you decide to apply for graduate student loans, do a search for scholarships and grants, which do not have to be repaid, to finance your studies. In general, scholarships & grants are based on merit, need, diversity criteria or where you will be studying.

There are many institutions and organizations that provide scholarships and grants for Graduate school including:

  • Federal and state governments 

  • College & Universities 

  • Nonprofits 

  • Religious institutions 

  • Work organizations 

  • Independent Organizations 

What other ways are there to pay for graduate school?

Talk to your financial aid and academic advisers. They can help point you in the direction of scholarships and grants you can use for graduate school. Make sure to research and plan ahead, so that you don’t miss any important deadlines.

Must Ask Questions

  • How much should you borrow? 
  • Which scholarships & grants do I want to apply for? When is the deadline? 
  • When and how will I find out about the status of my application? 
  • How will I receive the award? Will it be mailed to me or sent directly to the school? 
  • Are there any restrictions on what I can use this scholarship/grant for? 

Tips for searching for scholarships and grants

  • Start your search early and keep track of deadlines. Keep checking for new scholarships and grants. 
  • Don’t limit your search to only graduate school related scholarships and grants. Many general scholarships and grants can also be applied to graduate school. 
  • Scholarships can add up. It may seem like a lot of work to apply for many small scholarships, but any amount of funding makes a difference. 
  • Look for scholarships specific to your area of study. 

Important Links

Graduate School Scholarship & Grant Search



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