UW Graduate School

For Students

How do I pay for graduate school?

Attending graduate school is a significant investment of time and money. Fortunately, there are ways to lessen the financial burden. At the University of Washington, several types of financial assistance are available to graduate students:

It is never too early to start looking for funding — even if you are not yet enrolled in a graduate program.

“Graduate students have a clarity of purpose — they are clear on their interests and academic goals in graduate study, which cover a broad range of ideas. Those ideas take them all over the world, and we love helping them to get there!”

–Helene Obradovich and Michelle Sutton, Finance & Fellowships

While the Graduate School’s Office of Fellowships and Awards can assist students with questions about awards, your current or prospective academic department is the best resource for learning about funding opportunities — such as assistantships and fellowships — relevant to your discipline. Ask your department about the availability of graduate student appointments, as well as fellowships and grants for which students in the department commonly apply.