How To Pay For Grad School
Even if you landed a high-paying job when you graduated from college, figuring out how to pay for grad school may still be a challenge. To prepare for grad school financially, check your credit report and make sure you pay your bills on time. A poor credit score can make it difficult to qualify for a private student loan or to get a lease on an apartment. Once you have your finances in order, determine how much money you will need to pay for grad school, including your tuition, books and living expenses.
- Save up the cash. Start your plan to pay for grad school ahead of time by setting up a savings account. Even if you’re not able to save enough money to pay for all of your expenses, the extra cash will cut down on the money you need to borrow.
- Become a graduate assistant or participate in a work study program. To pay for grad school expenses, find a part-time job or assistantship through your college.
- Apply for scholarships. Research scholarship opportunities each semester. Many scholarships will pay for grad school tuition for up to a full year.
- Find an employer with a tuition reimbursement program. Some employers offer their workers partial or full reimbursement for their graduate school tuition if they enroll in a program that relates to their job. If you feel comfortable working in a full-time job while you attend grad school, this type of program can help you attend grad school without going into debt.
- Take out student loans. If you’re not able to save up enough cash or cover your tuition through scholarships, you can pay for grad school though private or government-funded student loans and grants.