Paying for Grad School

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Did you know that grad school can actually be free? Below are a few ways that students pay for this additional education.

Graduate Assistantships

Many universities offer graduate assistantships, which are basically part-time jobs in research or teaching that also include a tuition waiver. Most schools waive tuition for graduate assistants and also pay them a salary. While the salary may not cover all of your living expenses, assistantships can make a big dent in your graduate school costs!

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

Some employers will pay for your graduate education if it relates to your work. Many universities also offer tuition reimbursement to full-time employees that can cover your graduate school courses.


Many additional funds are available to help you pay for grad school. Check with the universities you are considering and ask about what is available.

Financial Aid

Graduate students may be eligible for financial aid and should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility.