Money for graduate study comes in a variety of forms. Keep in mind that deadlines for financial aid applications are frequently earlier than regular admission deadlines, so be sure to research your options well in advance. There are two primary types of financial aid:

  • Need-based aid determines financial need by calculating the difference between total educational costs and your financial resources. Need-based financial aid includes work-study programs; private, federal and state loans; and grants and fellowships.
  • Merit-based aid is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, talent, or promise. Forms of merit based aid include:
    • Assistantships: these are the most common type of graduate financial assistance, and are usually awarded in the form of teaching, research, or graduate assignments. Contacting your chosen schools EARLY to find out about these opportunities is strongly recommended.
    • Grants and Fellowships: Grants are sums of money awarded for specific activities on a project basis. The funding may come from a variety of sources, including government agencies, corporations, foundations, or the institution.

Scholarships & Fellowships Information:

On Campus: Explore the Dean of the College External Scholarships page to learn more about endorsed and self apply scholarships and fellowships:

Simona Glaus, 105 Scott Hall, has a number of books that provide information on grant and fellowship sources. Skillman Library also provides such resources. Petersons: Scholarships, Grants, & Prizes is available for reference in Career Services (201 Hogg Hall).

Additional Resources

Michigan State University Libraries – Graduate, Scholarships, Fellowships, & Loans Extensive list of scholarships, fellowships, and loans specifically for graduate students. The Scholarship Search
Access information to help you understand what kinds of scholarships may be available to you, how to find them, and what you can do to strengthen your applications.

Whittier College
Access a selected list of the most prestigious fellowships, scholarships, and grants as well as an online collection of other national fellowship and grant opportunities.

Scroll to the bottom of the Scholarships & Fellowships page to access additional resources for identifying self-apply opportunities.

Financial Aid Resources

Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA)
Complete the FAFSA form to apply for federal and state aid, including grants and loans, depending on financial need.

Education Resource Organizations Directory
Includes information on state education programs, colleges and universities, financial aid assistance programs, grants, scholarships, continuing education programs, and career opportunities. Finance Your Study
Get advice for financing your graduate education and find information on various types of fellowships for your graduate study.

GRANTS.GOV is your place to FIND and APPLY for federal grants.

Peterson’s Guide to Graduate Scholarships & Financial Aid
A collection of helpful articles that will help you clarify your options and provide helpful advice for pursuing graduate school financial aid, whether it comes in the form of graduate scholarships, assistantships, loans, fellowships, or work for a professor.

Find everything from scholarships and loans to grants, graduate school fellowships, education tax benefits, and tuition payment plans.

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