Office of Graduate Studies and Research

Grad Student Resources

Paying for graduate school

The cost of your graduate education is affordable and pays for itself once you land in your new career. You will pay tuition and fees while taking courses. The cost and deadlines vary by degree and are updated each year in the catalog

The CSUMB Financial Aid office can help you pay for your education with financial aid.  Some students could qualify for grants, loans, scholarships, or Federal Work-Study support. In order to see if you qualify for financial aid,  please fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act Application (CADA) form as soon as you can.  You should submit your FAFSA or CADA to CSUMB during the priority filing deadline from October 1st through March 2nd. See Financial Aid pages for actual deadlines. Those dates are for financial aid for the following fall term, so submit your FAFSA or CADA paperwork when you apply to your program, even before you are admitted!

Contact your program director to learn about ways to reduce your costs or to apply for other kinds of aid like Teaching Assistantships (TA), Research Assistantships (RA), and internships.  In some cases a "Tuition Waiver" is available for students who are working  as a TA or RA.  

Out-of-state students from many western U.S. states can pay resident tuition in our graduate programs.

Many professors have funded research or creative projects that can support student research assistants.  You can directly contact professors about those opportunities during your program or even before you apply!

Check the CSUMB Career Center for internships and part-time work.  Be sure to check our Opportunities menu at the top of this page!