Financing Your Degree
If you are planning to attend graduate school right out of Oxy, ideally you should begin your research in your junior year.
Types of awards/assistance available:
- Fellowships: Prestigious awards, often quite substantial. They are competitive and based on academic achievement. Do not usually require work
- Assistantships: Paid, part-time employment that may include full or partial tuition waiver (often of the out-of-state portion of tuition). Those with this type of award often teach, conduct research, or work in student affairs
- Loans: Low interest loans are available to most graduate students. Contact the institution's office of financial aid for more information
- Grants/Scholarships: These are gifts of money. They may be "free money" scholarships with no obligation for work or repayment, or they may be for a specific purpose. Science organizations, for instance, may award a grant for completion of a student research project