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You have decided to make the commitment to pursue your graduate degree and it’s time to find the right program for you. As you start researching different schools, you start to wonder, “Can I afford this?” The answer is YES!

Only 40% of graduate students in the U.S. received grants during the 2014-2015 academic year (Powell and Kerr, 2019). This is the most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics in 2019 (Powell and Kerr, 2019). This low percentage isn’t because grants are unavailable to graduate students, but rather the majority of students are unaware of the grants and scholarships that exist at this level (Powell and Kerr, 2019).

Unlike loans, grants and scholarships don’t have to be repaid. The lack of awareness for the availability of this type of assistance intimidates many prospective students into thinking graduate school is simply unaffordable. Below is a list of scholarship search engines that make finding grants and scholarships accessible (Powell and Kerr, 2019)!

Along with general grants and scholarships, there is also aid available through professional organizations. For example, the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation awards $5,000 annually to a number of dental students (Powell and Kerr, 2019).

The best advice when researching graduate schools is to ask someone! Admissions Counselors and/or Financial Aid Counselors will give you detailed information regarding grants and scholarships. At Averett University Online, we are committed to helping students obtain their degree with as little debt as possible.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for more questions, we are always happy to help!


Powell, F., & Kerr, E. (2019, December 30). How to Find Free Money for Graduate School. In U.S. News & World Report.

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