Financing Your Education
How Much Will Graduate School Cost?
The Student Financial Services tuition & fees page gives a cost breakdown for graduate students attending PSU. See PSU's Tuition and Fee Estimator for a tuition estimate, or PSU's Net Price Calculator for a total estimated cost of attending PSU, including living expenses (the NCES Net Price Calculator page explains how these numbers are determined). When estimating total costs you should take into consideration how many credits you need for the degree and how long it will take you to complete the program. You may also want to take into account how much your degree may be worth.
How Will I Pay for It?
As a graduate student, you have the option to apply for graduate assistantships, scholarships, loans, and student employment. Learn more about the options available to you from our graduate student resources:
- Graduate Assistantships
- Scholarships and awards. See our Scholarship Application Advice.
- Graduate Funding Blog
- Many departments award scholarships directly and have information on outside scholarships particular to a specific field of study. Students should contact departments directly for information.
- PSU Fellowships
- Search the PSU Scholarship Database for available funding opportunities.
- Diversity and Multicultural Student Services offer several scholarships.
- Certain programs qualify students from specific western states to be eligible for in-state tuition rates. Find out if you’re eligible for WICHE/WRGP Benefits.
- On-Campus Employment
- Veteran's assistance
- Graduate Retention and Completion Fund
The Financial Aid office is the primary source for current information on federal grants, loans and work-study; state grants and scholarships; institutional funds; and private scholarships.
Other Funding & Finance Resources
- The Oregon Student Access Commission offers a wealth of financial aid and scholarship information. Visitors can apply online for both Federal and Oregon programs through the FAFSA and the OSAC ESA. The OSAC also administers over 150 Private Award & Business Scholarship Programs.
- As a student, you may be eligible for education tax credit and benefits. Read over tax incentives for higher education to find out more. The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 provides new educational tax benefits for eligible taxpayers, including Tax Credits & Deductions and Tax deduction for student loan interest.
- GradSense has an extensive list of online financial planning resources for graduate students. They also have a Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Repaying Your Loans
- Learn more about repaying your federal graduate student loan and transitioning out of grad school financially from GradSense.
- See the studentaid.gov Repayment Estimator.
- Student loan forgiveness is available for public service employees after 120 eligible payments. Learn more at studentaid.gov and finaid.org.
- Learn about loan consolidation at studentloans.gov.
- Students also have deferment or forebearance options.
- See the whitehouse.gov fact sheet on student loan debt management.