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Financing Graduate Study

Most graduate students at Stanford need help to pay for their educational expenses. Financial assistance can be divided into three broad categories:

  • Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships: "Free money" that does not need to be repaid upon completion of enrollment.
  • Assistantships: Compensation paid for research, teaching or other work performed during enrollment. Compensation also includes funding for tuition.
  • Loans: Funds advanced to you by a governmental or private lender, to be repaid (or possibly forgiven) after graduation. Only US Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible for US federal loan programs through the Department of Education.

We strongly recommend that you investigate all possible funding options in order to maximize your grants and scholarships and minimize loan obligations.