Writing and Financial Aid

Step 3: Writing and Financial Aid

Your essay statement is going to identify your goals and purpose in grad school.

Tips for Writing Your Essay Statement

  • Essay statement may also be called: Objectives of Graduate Study, Statement of Purpose, or Personal Background
  • Spend time thinking about your immediate and long-term goals
  • Start with making notes of goals and achievements
  • Be honest; focus on who you are, what you have accomplished, and what you hope to achieve in the future
  • Combine the notes into a professional paper (use correct grammar and spelling)
  • Walk away from it; return in a day or two; read again and revise

Financial Aid

  • Ask about Graduate Assistantship Positions and Fellowships
  • Student Loans
    • Borrow up to $18,500/year
    • Complete FAFSA
  • Search for private scholarships
    • FastWeb
    • If a fee is required, it's not a real scholarship