Like in undergraduate programs, graduate students can also fill out a FAFSA form to see if they qualify for student loans. There are also scholarships available to graduate students; you can check the eligibility requirements on scholarship applications to see if graduate students may apply. Some employers also help to pay for education, including graduate school.
I am in graduate school right now, and I have found it helpful to talk to the financial aid office at my school for more information on what is available, including loans, grants, and scholarships. I also researched scholarships online and applied to ones that I was eligible for. I particularly focused on scholarships that were relevant to my major. For example, as a library school student, I looked at the American Library Association to see what scholarships they offered. There might be an organization like that for your major, which might offer scholarship opportunities like that to you.
A helpful site I have found for graduate financial questions is GoGrad. It has information about scholarships, loans, employer contributions, and alternative ways to pay for school. It might be a good starting place for you to find more information
Cristina recommends the following next steps:
- Talk to the financial aid offices of schools you are interested in applying to
- Research scholarships online, as well as professional organizations in your field of study
- Research the FAFSA form online (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa)
- Look at the resources on the GoGrad website (https://www.gograd.org/financial-aid/)