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.


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:

*Note: Some search engines will require some keywords.  Some are simply lists by academic divisions that you can scroll through.