Potential Financial Aid Opportunities for Qualified Graduate Students With $1.1 trillion of student debt in the United States, the thought of spending even more money for graduate school can be frightening. However many people in today’s young workforce may find it necessary to earn advanced degrees to help them to qualify for career specific certifications or enhance their skills. Thankfully there may be a few ways in which qualified individuals might be able to pursue a graduate degree without having to take on additional loans. Graduate Assistantships
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One of the many challenges of graduate school is obtaining the funding needed to pay for tuition, fees and living expenses. Fortunately, there are government agencies, institutions of higher education and other organizations that recognize the value of a graduate education, and these parties know it is in their best interest to help students afford to pursue a Masters or PhD degree through graduate fellowships.
Graduate fellowships are a great way to finance part – or all – of your graduate school education. While you’re obligated to pay back loans, plus interest, fellowships offer an opportunity to work in your academic field for pay. Some fellowships even offer financial assistance with no work obligations, only academic ones. An institutional fellowship is awarded by the school itself, while a portable fellowship is issued by the government or an independent organization, and can be applied to any institution. The 411 on fellowships
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Graduate School Scholarship Opportunities Online For all the convenience it affords, the Internet is not without its drawbacks. Simple searches can yield a veritable glut of information, and scholarship queries are no exception. If you’re scouring the Net for an all-inclusive list of graduate scholarships, let us save you some trouble: there isn’t one.
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Ready to submit your scholarship application? Are you sure? We've put together a few pointers to help you make sure you've got everything you need, and haven't made any major gaffs. The forms
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Niche Fellowship Opportunities
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Ten months ahead - October and November Search for scholarship opportunities Collect application forms and informationGiven the amount of scholarships that exist, and the lack of a single, comprehensive listing, you’d be wise to start searching for awards as soon as possible. Our Where to Look for Graduate Scholarship Programs article pinpoints some viable sources for graduate scholarships, along with other scholarship search tips. For certain, the Internet has become the fastest and easiest way to access a free scholarship search, but don’t underestimate old-fashioned networking.
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