Finding funding for graduate study can be a difficult task, but, believe it or not, getting money is not nearly as confusing as you might think. Sources of funding include CSULB, the federal government, state agencies, employers and academic departments.
Financial Aid for graduate students can be divided into three broad categories:
- Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships — "Free money" that does not need to be repaid upon completion of enrollment.
- Loans — Funds advanced to you by the federal governmental or a private lender, to be repaid (or possibly forgiven) after graduation.
- Earnings — Wages paid for research, teaching or other work performed during enrollment.
We strongly recommend that you investigate all possible funding options in order to maximize your grants and scholarships and minimize loan obligations. A good first step is to read through these pages to find out about what financial aid is available, as well as the steps involved in applying.
Our office is here to work with you in financing your graduate education at CSULB; members of our office are to assist you with any questions you may have.