FINANCING YOUR DEGREE
No two ways around it, an advanced degree can get expensive. Nevertheless, there are options and opportunities you can take advantage of to help you finance your degree.
Graduate Assistantships (GA), Teaching Assistantships (TA), and Research Assistantships (RA) are great ways to help finance your graduate education. Although very competitive and somewhat limited in number, these opportunities offer financial and career-related benefits.
GA/TA/RA opportunities are school-specific and require additional research to learn about the selection process and funding structure. Typically, they are only available to full-time graduate students and require a separate application and interview process to select the best candidate. As a full-time graduate student, you would work for the school part-time (10-20 hrs. /wk.) in your assistantship. Please note that Ph.D. students often have such programs included as part of their funding, while Master's students may have to apply and receive a different type and amount of funding.
Benefits may include:
Partial or full tuition remittance | Stipend for living expenses | Discounts on books, merchandise, parking, etc. | Select medical benefits | Targeted experience and resume-building
GA/TA/RA opportunities are very university-specific. We suggest scouring your potential schools’ websites for information and the contact information of people who can assist you in understanding the process and timeline to apply for assistantships.
Still have questions? Come see a counselor in Career Services.
FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS
A fellowship is money granted by a university, foundation or other agency, federal or non-federal, for advanced study or research. The term "fellowship" is sometimes used interchangeably with scholarship, which is an award given to fund the education of a selected student (more often undergraduate). Either way, they are both grants and do not require repayment.
Eligibility for a fellowship depends upon the sponsor and the particular program that awards the fellowship.
Fellowship Search Resources:
- OrangeLink (Job/Internship>OrangeLink Postings>filter by Position Type>Fellowships).
- Syracuse University Office of Sponsored Programs*
- Fellowship Database from Cornell University.
- Graduate Fellowships provides a list of “nationally coveted college scholarships, graduate fellowships & postdoctoral awards.”
*Note: Some search engines will require some keywords. Some are simply lists by academic divisions that you can scroll through.
FINANCIAL AID OPTIONS
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the main site used to apply for federal student aid.
- Funding Options is provided by the Syracuse University Graduate School.
- SU Financial Aid is an index of aid available at Syracuse University.
- Financial Aid FAQs offers broad financial aid information and is powered by Monster.com.
- Federal Student Aid provides federal aid information from the U.S. Department of Education.
- Types of Financial Aid, an article on financial aid for graduate students, was written by a Ph.D.
- U.S. News Financial Aid Tips and Tools allows you to explore your options for financial aid by providing information about scholarships, grants, and loans.
- Private Student Loans from Finaid.org gives you information about loans from non-federal sources.
- Private Loan Questions is from Project on Student Debt.
- Fastweb offers a free scholarship search option.
- The Scholarship Page enables you to search for scholarships for free.
- Free Scholarship Search Tool is a scholarship source linked from U.S. Department of Education’s site.