How did you pay for Grad school?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
4483 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Loans. Not ideal, but neither was not having any earning potential

Post # 4
841 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I went to law school. My scholarship paid for about half of tuition, I used loans to pay the rest. (although my parents helped me out with living expenses).

Post # 6
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Student loans, stipend and part time work.

Post # 7
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn

Scholarship, Loans and blew through my savings 🙁

Post # 8
1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I found a fully funded program, so I worked as a teachers assistant in turn for free tuition and a stipend. I also worked another job for a little while for extra income. 

Post # 9
772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had a grant to help pay for tuition, and I took out a buttload of loans. But now I have a job, so it was worth it!

Post # 10
6789 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

Both of my graduate degrees are completely 100% funded and I make salary on top of it. I’m in engineering, and generally we are fully funded. You can try applying for external research fellowships.

What is the area you want to pursue? There are Fulbright Scholar Programs for artists, NSF for scientists, etc .. I’m sure the bees could help!

Post # 11
8503 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

University paid my tuition and I had a stipend.  I had to pay the university fees and my other living expenses.  So I used loans for whatever else I needed (my stipend was tiny, so it depends on your field).

Depending on your area you can also apply to fellowships or grants through NSF, NIH, AHA, etc and I’m sure there are a lot more smaller foundations.

Post # 12
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Giant ginormous loans.

Post # 13
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@weddingbee098:  The first semester of my MS, I took out loans. Second semester and all 3 years of my PhD have been fully funded on a research assistantship. I get a tiny stipend and this semester about $400 extra/month for teaching a class. I wouldn’t recommend getting a PhD in my field without full funding. 

Post # 14
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I have my M.S. in a science field.  We can only go to grad school if there’s a specific professor who is willing to take you on as a student, and usually only if s/he has funding to cover part of your position (a graduate assistantship).  I also had a teaching assistantship teaching undergrad science labs for about half the semesters.  

So between my GA and TA, all my tuition was paid and I got a stipend.

Good thing, cause my field doesn’t pay all that well!  And I have loans from undergrad.

Post # 15
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I went to law school. My scholarship paid for tuition and most of my books and I had a student loan for living expenses. 

Post # 16
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Fully funded PhD + $22K/year stipend, so I lived off of that and didn’t have to take out any loans. My husband is considering an MBA, in which case we would pay for maybe 25-50% of it as he goes and then take out loans for the rest, but he would do it while working full time and I will be working full time too.

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