Graduate School - Financial Aid
Financial aid is available for graduate school. Most graduate students finance their education through a combination of funding sources.
Types of Funding
- Assistantships are usually campus-affiliated work assignments (e.g., graduate teaching instructor or research associate) that provide an individual a stipend and often waive tuition and/or other matriculation fees.
- Fellowships are typically granted to individuals to cover their living expenses while they carry out research or work on a project. Awards may be single or multiyear. Awards are usually based on an individual's merit as measured by grades, GRE scores, publications, and letters of recommendation.
- Grants are most often awarded to cover expenses associated with carrying out research or other specific projects, such as travel, materials, or computers.
- Loans are available from the government and other private sources.
- Scholarships are awarded based on one or more criteria: merit, financial need, discipline of study, career goals or membership within a minority group.
- 100 Minority Scholarship Gateway List
- FastWeb: free scholarship searches & financial aid tools
- ProFellow: directory of fully funded graduate programs and full funding awards
- Fellowships for university students and graduates
- FinAid: the smart student guide to financial aid
- UCB Graduate Division - financial aid information
- UCB Scholarship Connection
- Paying for grad school