A variety of scholarships are available to help fund graduate study.
Scholarships are generally based on academic performance or potential. Grades, standardized test scores, a writing sample and an interview may be required as part of the scholarship process. Scholarship programs, especially those administered by outside organizations, may also look at factors such as an applicant's academic program, ethnic/racial background, and home state or region.
Assistantships provide a waiver of tuition in exchange for a specified amount of work on campus. Grad assistants are utilized by a variety of departments around campus. Grades, standardized test scores, a writing sample and an interview may be required as part of the assistantship application process.
There are a variety of loan programs through which students may borrow for graduate study. Keep in mind that a loan is financial aid that must be repaid.
The pages that follow will describe some of these programs.