Financial Aid

How to Pay for Graduate School

Opportunities for financing your graduate school education vary greatly depending on the program and the field of study. While working on your application materials for graduate school, you should be  asking the specific programs about potential merit based scholarships, graduate student loan programs, and graduate assistantships which include research, teaching, and administrative positions. Sites such as U.S. News and Petersons have additional information on types of aid and how to finance your graduate school education. 

Be sure to ask the programs you plan to attend about options for paying for graduate school.

Resources for Funding

There are a considerable number of scholarships available from sources outside of IU. We encourage you to look for scholarship opportunities in unexpected places in your community, like public schools, nonprofit organizations, and area businesses.

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The Office of National Scholarships and Awards promotes participation in nationally-competitive award programs and undergraduate research.

The scholarship and awards NSA helps students pursue are funded by agencies outside Indiana University and usually require national or international competition.  Use their easy search function to find awards you might be eligible for!

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The Office of Scholarships administers only some of the scholarships available to Indiana University Bloomington students. Their site includes several scholarships and funding resources that we don’t oversee, such as IU school and departmental scholarships and non-IU scholarships—as well as information about funding beyond scholarships, like financial aid and grants

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Graduate students at IU find support through internal fellowships and awards, which is money that comes directly from IU.

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The Hudson & Holland Scholars Program (HHSP) is a scholarship and support program for high achieving underrepresented minorities. The program provides a scholarship as well as a variety of support services to address the holistic needs of student participants in the program. Their website highlights funding & opportunities for for all students!

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A variety of awards, fellowships and grants are available for admitted graduate students in the School of Public Health-Bloomington. Only students who are currently admitted to the School of Public Health-Bloomington are eligible for fellowships. 

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