- Graduate School
- Introduction to the Graduate School
- Why is it needed?
- How Affordable Is It
- The Many Myth-Busters
- Doing Research about Graduate School
- Introduction to Graduate School Research
- Identifying the Subject Best Fit For You
- Masters or Ph.D.?
- Qualities of a Successful Ph.D. Student
- Accordingly Identify the School
- How Many Schools to Apply?
- The Different Variables to Be Worked Out
- The Application for Graduate School
- Starting Your Application
- The Application Process
- How Does the Application Process Work?
- What Are People Looking For In Your Application?
- Picking the Right University and the Right Professor
- The Right Professor Is the Most Important Factor
- Few Questions You Need To Ask Of a Professor
- Parts of a Graduate School Application
- Things to Keep In Mind
- The Resume: The Importance of A Powerful One
- Writing Effective Statement of Purpose
- The Importance of an Important and Compelling Essay
- Personal Interviews
- Introduction to Interviews
- Do's In an Interview
- Don’ts in an Interview
- After The Interview
- Accepting an Offer
- Rejecting an Offer
- Preparing For Financials
- You Are In… What Now… The Road Ahead…
- Make an Estimate of the Fixed Costs
- Do You Qualify For a Need-Based Aid?
- How to Apply For the Need-Based Aid
- How Is the Aid Awarded?
- Non-Need-Based Aid
- Other Ways to Pay for Your Degree:
- What If You Fall Short
- Other Brooding Points
- International Students
- International Students Guidelines
- Few Not-So Important Critical Points
- Summing Up Admission Process
- Why Is Graduate School Important?
- Life in the Big League: A Graduate Student
- Different Schools for Different Programs
Other Ways To Pay For Your Degree
The initial step should be to quickly check your bank account, and if you believe that it is not substantial enough, you are left with no other option but to tone-down your lifestyle. Start cutting down on the lavish routine and sober down a touch.
The calculation we reiterate is very important, and self-introspection will help you in a massive way. For example, calculate the cost of the school which you will be attending, as also the cost of living in and around that area.
Also, you will need to chalk out a separate budget for each week separately and yes housing expenses will eat away at the major chunk of your finances. Hence we advise you not to procrastinate and look for houses as soon as you get enrolled, because as time passes the availability will decrease and the costs will start going through the roof; this is even truer if you are looking at student housing.
A more detailed look and we find that after housing the grocery expenses promise to nibble away at your budget. Cost-cutting is the preferred way here too – cut down on any such items that are just there without any desperate need.
Apart from the aids which we have already discussed another way by which you can meet your expenses is by working and paying your bills yourself. Now, if you are planning to work full-time and then muster time for studies, all we can say is good-luck, for this seldom works. After all, studies should be your primary focus, and hence we suggest you take up part-time jobs, which may include using their under-graduate skills. Even if it is non-skilled work, do not scorn and shirk away from the opportunity to work, it is money that should matter at the end of the day. Some schools also have work-study programs, which may be linked to the course that you are enrolled in. Also, work for study does not have to be repaid, and basically students are being paid to carry on with their education and training without any hindrance.
Another source is through the faculty members of the specific department, and very often it is the discretionary power of these faculty members to award financial aid. For this you will have to be in touch with the particular department and try to be in the good books of the respective professors.
Try to avail the university or school financial aid in the form of fellowships, which is a form of the package and also no repayment is required.
Also, there is the assistantship opportunity; the two major types of assistantship are teaching and research assistantship. It is similar to the fellowship program where no repayment is required.
Once you are sure of your financial conditions and the loans needed, search for a private lender – word of mouth can help you here. Consult previous and current students and once you are satisfied with their capability about servicing your loans and the time taken to disburse funds, choose a particular lender. If you see that all your loans are of a particular type, with the help of your lender consolidate all of them into one monthly payment. This will make the process of re-payment easier and might just lower your payment.