An undergraduate degree is something most of us don’t think twice about. Whether we need financial assistance, have to take out loans or get a second job, it is usually a sacrifice people will make without putting too much thought into it. But, when it comes to a graduate degree, people can be a bit more hesitant about adding to their debt or dipping into their pockets.
But, today, a graduate degree is not only a positive, but it can be a necessity for many jobs and careers. So how, exactly, do you pay for a graduate degree? We give a few tips here.
- See How Much You Can Afford On Your Own
If you are considering graduate school, it’s likely you’re not still that 18-year-old kid going into college for the first time without a clue what it would cost to do so. Now, you are well-versed in the financial commitment that getting a degree can be and yet, you also probably have a job and some income of your own. If you have savings or a decent salary, see how much of the yearly tuition you can afford on your own. If what you can afford only allows you to take one class at a time, do it! No matter how you get your degree, the most important part is that you get it and don’t land yourself in mountains of debt in the process.
- Search for Scholarships
If paying on your own is out of the question, you don’t have to turn to your bank just yet. Since less people on average are attending graduate school than undergraduate school, there is usually a higher chance of receiving a scholarship. But, you need to do your research. Oftentimes, there is a scholarship for just about everything, you just need to be willing to do the work to find it. Schedule time out of your weekend to sit down and look up any and all scholarships that fit your needs—and apply away!
- Learn Your Options for Financial Assistance
Once you decide that you will need some sort of assistance, start with federal loans first. Fill out the FAFSA (yes, you can get financial aid for graduate school, too), and see what you qualify for. If it’s still not enough, personal loans are also a good option, just be smart about ev choose.
- Create a Strict Budget
Once you understand any scholarships or loans you’ll be getting, it’s time to set a budget. Create a spreadsheet to track your spending and the money you will need to get you your degree. You may need to give up your daily coffee runs or take-out orders, or even go a bit further and get frugal with your money for the time being, but remember that it will be worth it in the end.
If you are considering a graduate degree, contact Everglades University. Our administrative staff will answer any questions you may have and give you information on our graduate degree programs. Contact us at 888-854-8308 or visit our website to learn more.