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how best to finance graduate programs

Recommended Aid Options:

New expanded PLUS loan options allow graduate and professional students to borrow up to the full cost of education minus any other financial aid received.

  1. Grants:
    most federal grants are for undergraduate programs only. However, your graduate school may offer special grants that support your field of study: view your school for information




  2. Scholarships:
    there are plenty scholarships available for graduate students in particular fields. Complete a thorough search for all the FREE scholarship money: view scholarship information




  3. Perkin Loans:
    available for graduate students with exceptional financial need. Maximum annual limit: $8,000
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  4. Fed Stafford Student Loans:
    graduates can borrow up to $20,500 or more for each academic year: jump to Stafford student loan information




  5. Grad PLUS Loans:
    you can borrow up the full cost of your graduate program minus the available stafford loans amount and other financial aid received: view grad PLUS loan program




  6. Private Student Loans:
    private student loans do not require federal filings and regulations. You can borrow as much as they need each academic year and save money - build good credit - and pay off your student loan faster:
    jump to private student loan information




  7. Other College Financial Aid:
    view other financial aid options that may be available: see summary of financial aid options
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