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Are merit scholarships for graduate students hard to come by even with a high GPA?

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My cohort start in Summer 2018 and I'm hoping to nab something before my program ends in December 2019.

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Erica,

Congratulations on your graduate school start! Financial aid (scholarships included) in graduate school is a bit different from the undergraduate experience.

Graduate students tend to center their studies around a specific professor within a department, so discussing a graduate assistanceship or fellowship with your main professor or the department chair would be a good place to start.

Depending on your area of graduate study, there may be other departments within the university that are also looking for graduates who can provide assistance such as student affairs, athletics, student union, etc.

Although a bit tougher to find, there are scholarships available to graduate students on the larger scholarship search websites...
http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/graduate-students.htm
https://www.petersons.com/graduate-schools/graduate-school-scholarships.aspx
https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/graduate-students
to name a few.

Good luck on your search and in your educational endeavors!
Hi, Jennifer! Thank you for the swift response and links. I'll be coming through those for the next few months. I should have clarified that my program is on-line and won't allow me to qualify for work-study, so I am relying on scholarships and my own income to make up for it. Erica A.
May I ask more about the online program? Are you working with an admissions counselor or have you transitioned into your department yet? Do you know who your major professor will be (or how does advising work for that program)? You should have a mentor to guide you through the process. Another resource is the Financial Aid Office. Often they will have some ideas or know of funding options because of administering the aid to others in the past. I would try to tap into those resources as well. Jennifer Haden
Sure. I haven't done much correspondence with anyone at the school besides the admissions counselor just yet. The financial aid office did direct me to the page containing their available scholarships and I could possibly qualify for merit scholarships. Erica A.
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