Financial support for graduate school may come in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, teaching or research assistantships.
The types of aid that will be available to you as a graduate student may differ from those you were eligible for as an undergraduate. Explore Types of Aid and consider making an appointment with a Financial Aid Advisor to discuss resources you can use to find scholarships, grants, and loans.
As you explore graduate schools, look for information about financial support and contact them to ask questions.
Application Fee Waiver Programs: If you're currently receiving need based financial aid, you may qualify for the application fee waiver program at many institutions. Contact the admissions office at those institutions to find out what you have to do.
Loan Repayment & Loan Forgiveness Programs
- Income-Based Repayment (IBR) & Pay As You Earn (PAYE) are repayment options for federal student loans that help borrowers keep their loan payments affordable with payment caps based on their income and family size.
- National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) offers primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid for serving communities in need.
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness is a program for federal student loan borrowers who work in eligible jobs. The PSLF program will forgive remaining debt after 10 years of eligible employment and qualifying loan payments.
Scholarships: Explore external scholarships worth billions of dollars.
Examples of scholarships and loan forgiveness programs from professional societies and employers:
- The Indiana Child Welfare Education and Training Partnership will help DCS employees pay tuition for a Masters in Social Work degree - once you have the MSW degree you can begin working toward an LCSW license to be employed as a counselor.
- The Ohio School Psychologists Association offers scholarships to graduate students.
- The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has worked to make OTs who work with children, adolescents, and veterans eligible for additional loan forgiveness.