Can I afford graduate school?

One of the very real stumbling blocks to attending graduate school is its cost. Unless you and your family are independently wealthy, you might well ask whether you can afford it. The question you should be asking, however, is: Can I afford not to go to graduate school? For the rest of your working life, graduate degrees impact your earning power, but more importantly, they give you more choices in life and career opportunities. The purpose of financial aid is to make graduate school possible. When students think of “financial aid,” they tend to think only of the “free money” [...]