Tuition, Financial Aid, and Finances

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Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Financing your education is a crucial part of your success as a student. As a graduate student, there are several different types of aid that you can explore.

The GradGrants Center (GGC) is a free service of the University Graduate School. It is open to currently enrolled graduate students within the Indiana University system.

Student loans are the most common resource available to graduate students. The government offers two different types of loans: the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the credit-based Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Additional loan opportunities may exist based on your program of study or future career interests. Check with your graduate school on this option. Private loans from banks and other lenders may also be available to creditworthy borrowers (or those with creditworthy co-signers).

Scholarships are available from a variety of different sources, including the University, academic departments, professional organizations, and private agencies. Eligibility, applications, and amounts vary widely. Your campus scholarship services office has information for you, but we encourage you to consider other sources as well. Contact your graduate program for information about program-specific funds. Private online search engines are also helpful. Remember that scholarships are free money; never pay to apply for or receive a scholarship.

Graduate assistants and fellows work in areas of administration, research, or teaching. They gain practical experience in their field and may receive tuition remissions, stipends, salaries, or other benefits in exchange for their service. Check with your graduate program for more information about opportunities available through the University, your academic department, and professional organizations.

Wages or salary from employment can be an outstanding way to cover some costs. Many companies provide tuition assistance or reimbursement for employees pursuing relevant educational training. The demands of graduate studies are significant, so consider how you’ll balance work and school as you make employment decisions.

Want to learn more about your options?

For general questions about the financial aid process or student financial services available through IU Online, contact

For specific questions about your personal financial situation, visit our Campus Contact page and contact the campus offering your program.