Excited about getting into grad school but not sure how to pay for it? Receiving financial aid is not uncommon these days. At least 40% of graduate students borrow money. Here are six easy steps to getting free money for grad school…
1) Create a bidding war for yourself by applying to several graduate schools, including at least a couple for which your grades, test scores, or other qualifications are above average. Schools are more likely to add a financial lure for applicants who bring up the school’s statistics, rankings, and prestige.
2) Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
3) Ask your university department or grad school adviser for help in finding aid.
4) Track down and apply to charities and government agencies that fund graduate study in their fields. This is a great option for those in the sciences, education, and languages.
5) Get your employer to contribute to your education. This is a great option: At least half of all workers receive education benefits from their employers.
6) Even if you don’t get free money, you can lower your out-of-pocket costs by taking advantage of tax benfits, loan repayment programs, jobs, or grad school bargains.
Fellow bloggers, just by the fact that you are reading this post, I know that you are not only internet savvy, but that you spend a significant portion of your time on the internet. Which also leads me to believe that a good amount of you have a Facebook account. Even if you do not have an account, I am almost positive you have a notion of what Facebook is. Facebook is a wonderful social media tool for connecting with all kinds of people, however, it is important to realize just how easily it is to be found.
A word of advice to the applicant of any sort, whether it be Graduate School or in the business world, use discretion! This is a general tip to anyone who has something to lose, but particularly to those competing for a job or an acceptance letter. In under-grad, it may seem alright to post pictures of the party you went to over the weekend, or write a comical ‘inside joke’ on your friend’s wall, however, it is important to reevaluate your Facebook at this time. Facebook is no longer for just the college student, and many employers are using it as a tool to move the application process along.According to a survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep, 15 percent of law school admissions officers and 10 percent of undergraduate admissions officers have “personally visited personal networking sites to help [them] evaluate an applicant.” Don’t let your Facebook page be the reason you are not accepted to law school after all of your hard work in college.
Be sure to set your profile to private and check other privacy settings, but at the same time, make sure that even if your profile wasn’t private, that you are not ashamed of anything that appears on it. This is not limited to pictures. “Fifty-two percent of the admissions officers who responded that they had visited personal networking sites reported that their visit had a negative impact on the applicant’s chances.” So just remember, there is probably not anything on your Facebook that will help you achieve your goal, only something that can hurt your chances.
See the original article at http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2008/09/26/21548/