Financing Grad School
Financing graduate school can be tough. Here's some more information to help you find the loans and fellowships that will allow you to go through
graduate school without going broke.
Search the Internet and college web sites for these loan-related terms:
Guarantee fee (the insurance you need in case you default)
Origination fee (an administrative fee)
Rate/time frame for loan capitalization
Fixed and non-fixed interest rates
Time frame for first payment (Can you pay off your principal on a monthly basis?)
Required monthly payment
Interest rate deduction for direct payment
Experts recommend that you don't exceed payments of 8 to 15 percent of your projected income when borrowing money for school.
These may not be available at all universities.
Unless exceptional financial need can be established, only unsubsidized loans may be available to graduate students. In practice this means that interest will begin accruing immediately rather than after graduation.
Business School Loans
MBASHARE-New England Loan Marketing Association-Nellie Mae
MBA Loans-Tuition Loan Plan
Medical School Loans
AAMC MedLoans-Alternative Loan Program
Medical Access Loans-Access Group
Private Student Loans
Signature Student Loan-Sallie Mae
Graduate Access Loan-Access Group
EXCEL Loan-Nellie Mae (requires co-signer)
College Reserve Loan-USA Group
American Express Alternative Loan-American Express/California Higher Education Loan Authority
Financial Key Points
Because some forms of financial aid require you to demonstrate financial need, it's important that you or your parents not appear to be any wealthier than you actually are. Here are some tips for demonstrating need:
Have as little money in your bank accounts as possible when making an application for aid.
Be sure to separate yourself from any assets that your parents hold before applying for financial aid.
Ask your parents not to declare you as a dependent on their tax returns for at least a year before applying for aid.
Are your parents selling off any investments to help you pay for graduate school? Timing is important here. For capital gains taxes, they should do so during your junior year as an undergraduate.
Your parents can continue putting money into their home equity. This will generally not affect your financial aid status.
Last Updated: 04/11/2013