University at Albany

Funding for Graduate School

Funding for graduate school is different from undergraduate school and includes options to be a teaching assistant, graduate assistant, or a research assistant. Be sure to ask each school what specific funding they offer.

  • There are two basic types of financial aid: Need-based (determined by financial need) and Merit-based (determined by performance or achievement).
  • Types of aid include loans, grants, scholarships, fellowships, and tuition-remission programs.
  • Sources of aid include government sources and individual institutions. External sources of aid include private industry and local/national organizations/agencies.

The University at Albany's Financial Aid page describes this in more detail. Be sure to check with individual institutions for additional scholarship or assistantship (i.e., research, teaching, & Resident Director) opportunities.

The following is a listing of web resources links to assist you

CollegeNet - In addition to ability to apply to colleges online, contains Mach25 Free $Billion Scholarship Search

FastWeb - Free scholarship and college searches, & financial aid tools - Provides several useful links to fellowships, scholarships and grants

NASA supported internships, fellowships and scholarships:

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation - Contains resources for funding college.

Pathways to Science: For Financial Support in Graduate School Opportunities:
Bridges, GK-12, IGERT and NSF Grad Research Fellowship programs provide
generous stipend and tuition support for students through the National
Science Foundation:
Graduate level

Sallie Mae Online Scholarships Service - Sponsored by the financial services corporation that specializes in funding education. - The world’s largest and most comprehensive online scholarship search service. (Requires username & password.)

United States Department of Education - See Funding Opportunities and Student Financial Assistance sections

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