Paying for College

Financial Aid

Explore your options for financial aid.

For grad students, financial aid can come in many forms. Graduate students in need of financial assistance to complete their master’s degree typically pursue a variety of resources to help finance their education, including:

  • Student Loans
  • Scholarships and Grants
  • Federal Work-Study
  • Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

Graduate PLUS Loans

Loans for graduate students are called Graduate PLUS loans. These can be subsidized or unsubsidized and are based on financial need and income.

You will need to file a FAFSA to be considered for student loans as part of your financial aid package. Please visit IPFW Financial Aid to learn more.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants for graduate students may be awarded based on academic merit, research, or other criteria. Scholarships and grants are typically awarded through your school, division, or department, but are sometimes offered through other entities on or off campus.

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally subsidized program awarded to students based on their financial needs. Through the FWS program, students engage in work for the university or nonprofit organizations as defined by the federal government.

Students employed through the FWS program not only provide essential services to the university or the community, but also have the opportunity to secure positions that may relate to their educational objectives, or enable them to gain valuable work experience.

For more information, please contact IPFW Financial Aid.

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

Assistantships and fellowships provide opportunities for graduate students to work closely with expert faculty in their field of study. Graduate assistants typically provide a support role to faculty in the form of research and teaching undergraduate course sections. Graduate assistants often receive a stipend to offset their cost of attendance.

Click HERE for information on the current wages for assistantships.

Graduate assistantships and fellowships are highly competitive. If you are interested, please contact your school, division, or department for more information.

View the Purdue graduate student employment manual HERE.