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Paying for Grad School

We understand. Figuring out how to pay for graduate school can be overwhelming.

For some, it’s the scariest part of the process. When approaching how to afford grad school, we believe that clarity is key. It’s important to have a thorough understanding of both the costs as well as the financial support available to you from a variety of sources.

Financial Support

When you apply to graduate school, you will have support in navigating the finances. A financial aid advisor will be assigned to you and help you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is a form used to determine your eligibility for student financial aid through the federal government, state government and the college to which you are applying. Your Financial Aid Advisor will help you identify and apply for grants and loans that are relevant to you

Graduate School Budget Worksheet

Here is a worksheet that you can use to develop your own budget:


For information about federal and state financial aid available to you, contact the Financial Aid Office of the college you would attend.


Contact Paradigm Shift for information about financial benefits available to you as a PS Participant.

School District Specific Support

In addition to federal and state sources of financial support, each district provides financial and academic support. Select your school district to learn more.

Springfield Public Schools

Amherst Regional Public Schools

Holyoke Public Schools

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