Financial Support

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Paying for Graduate School

Estimate costs, find funding, make a plan

How to pay for a graduate education may be one of your biggest questions as you consider programs. Western offers several types of funding for graduate students. We also have information on tuition and fees and living expenses in Bellingham.

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Many graduate programs offer teaching assistantships, which provide a stipend and tuition waiver. TA's may teach courses or labs under faculty direction, or assist with a faculty member's course. 

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Some students may be hired as Research Assistants (RAs) by faculty with external funding (grants). Contact the department for information on faculty members who have received grant funding.

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The Graduate School awards funds to assist students with travel expenses related to attending professional conferences.

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The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs awards grants for thesis research and other graduate student activities.

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Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans. Even if you don't plan to take out loans, having a FAFSA on file may qualify you for tuition waivers or work study.

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The Scholarship Center is your hub for information about searching and applying for scholarships. Some academic departments might have additional information.

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Your quarterly tuition and fees will depend on how many credits you are taking and which graduate program and location you attend. 

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Most graduate students in Bellingham live off campus. Check with Off Campus Living and online rental listings to learn about typical costs.