"Education is priceless."
Why, then, does it cost so much?
Here is a guide to how you can prepare for tuition and living costs through fellowships (check out Kyoko's blog for information about financial aid and assistantships).
There are several ways you can go about paying for tuition and living costs while studying at the University of Minnesota. Kyoko mentioned two of them and I will talk about a third:
- Financial Aid
- Assistantships (teaching assistantship or research assistantship, which both mean that you are employed and work on campus)
What exactly is a fellowship? A fellowship is an award made directly to an individual in support of specific educational pursuits.
While you apply for financial aid through the university and for an assistantship through the graduate school, you apply for a fellowship as an individual. Because there are so many fellowships out there, you are most likely to find one that will suit just you.
Take a look at the fellowships offered by the Graduate School. Writing a strong fellowship application takes some time, and requires letters of references from professors or other people who know you well, but it is definitely worth it. Here's another list of funding opportunities that are not exactly fellowships, but that are worth checking out all the same.
I know personally what a difference a fellowship can make; I was awarded the Torske Klubben Fellowship 2010-2011. Fellowships are a great way to help cover tuition costs and costs of living, so while you're writing your personal statements and university applications, don't forget to apply for fellowships!
If you have any questions about fellowships, please ask me :)
P.S. This is not the way to raise money for tuition and living costs (although I did win 400 "credits" :)