Graduate Grants

The decision to go to graduate school can’t be made lightly. Tests have to be studied for and taken, interviews conducted, and of course, you have to figure out how to fund this next level of your education. Fortunately, you have some options. In addition to other sources of financial aid, graduate grants are widely available for graduate students.

  • Scholarships. Most graduate school financial aid advisors can assist you in applying for these grants. They know which ones are available at your school, in your specific course of study, and in your state. These grants are designed to help the student further their graduate education.

  • Professional Organizations. Many professional organizations want to support promising young students in their education. Check with the organizations associated with your chosen career—like the American Bar Association, the National Education Association, and the American Medical Association—to see what grants they offer to graduate students.

  • Minority Grants. Grants for minorities have increased in the last several years. Some of these are specific to certain national or ethnic groups, including African American, Latino, Native American, and Puerto Rican. For others, the graduate student only needs to be a minority of any sort. Check with minority advocacy groups and see what kinds of education grants they offer graduate students.

  • Grants for Work. Some corporations will fund graduate studies, provided the student work for the corporation for a set period of time after graduation. If you already have your sights set on a position with a particular company, call their human resources office and ask if they have a program to underwrite a student’s graduate work.

  • Research Grants. If you’re going to be doing any original research, especially for a thesis or a dissertation, there may be money available to underwrite the work. Check with your academic adviser or the department head to see if other graduate students have had luck getting research grants.

  • Federal Grants. Of course, many federally-funded grants help those demonstrating financial need. If you do not qualify for any of the other grants listed here, you may still qualify for grants underwritten by the federal government.

Graduate school can be quite expensive, but graduate grants can help ease some of that financial burden. Don’t wait another day: start looking for graduate grants today!

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