Figuring out how to pay for graduate school is one of the biggest challenges about attending graduate school.

Rising Cost of Graduate Degrees

  • The average annual tuition for law school exceeds twenty thousand dollars.
  • To attend a private law school, the cost is about thirty thousand dollars.
  • Medical school is even more expensive.
  • The average cost of earning non-professional degrees is nearing twenty thousand dollars annually.

Of course, there are more costs for college than just tuition. You need to take into consideration the costs of books, housing, and living. There are three main ways of financing graduate school: yourself, federally-provided student loans, and the graduate school itself.


It is best for you if you can personally finance attending grad school. You can use your savings, ask your parents for help, or work and save your money before attending grad school. If you are married, your spouse can help you cover living costs as well as school costs. You can also work part-time during the school year, or between semesters.

Federal Loans and Work-Study

Many graduate schools have work study programs and offer Federal loans funds.  View our Financial Aid Sheet to learn more.

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Graduate School Assistantships and Fellowships/Scholarships

Research and apply for graduate assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships, you never have to repay. With an assistantship, you will assist research, teaching or programming. A fellowship and a scholarship are virtually the same. A fellowship, or scholarship, is a cash reward that covers the cost for one-four years, and some can be renewed if you can demonstrate that you deserve a renewal.

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