Financing Graduate School
There are many sources of funding for graduate school, such as fellowships or traineeships,
assistantships (teaching, research, and administrative), scholarships, grants and
loans, and veteran benefits.
- Always complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and apply early
before funding gets fully allocated.
- Do not assume funding sources are centralized on campus. Check with the Graduate School,
the department to which you are applying, and the Financial Aid office to be aware
of all options.
- Research grants in advance, particularly in the science, technology, and mathematics
fields, as they might strengthen your admissions chances for certain programs (e.g.,
NSF in the sciences). At WCU, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides support for identifying research grants and funding.
- Always research special scholarship programs.
- A visit to a good library and a conversation with a Reference Librarian should yield
you some good strategies for researching scholarships and grants.
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