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How Best to Finance Graduate School

Recommended Options:

New expanded PLUS loan options allow graduate and professional students to borrow up to the full cost of education minus any other financial aid received.

  1. Grants:
    most federal grants are for undergraduate programs only. However, your graduate school may offer special grants that support your field of study: view your school for information

  2. Scholarships:
    there are plenty scholarships available for graduate students in particular fields. Complete a thorough search for all the FREE scholarship money: view scholarship information

  3. Perkin Loans:
    available for graduate students with exceptional financial need. Maximum annual limit: $8,000
    jump to loan chart for information

  4. Fed Stafford Loans:
    graduates can borrow up to $20,500 or more for each academic year: jump to Stafford student loan information

  5. Grad PLUS Loans:
    you can borrow up the full cost of your graduate program minus the available stafford loans amount and other financial aid received: view grad PLUS loan program

  6. Private Student Loans:
    if you need additional funds that are not subject to federal regulations, check into private student loans. You can borrow up to the cost of education as certified by your school: jump to private student loan information

  7. Other Aid:
    view other financial aid options that may be available: see summary of continuing education financial aid options
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