For many students, funding their graduate studies is one of the predominant reservations for pursuing an advanced degree. Fortunately, there's a variety of financial assistance, including grants, scholarships and loans, that are offered to students for that exact purpose. Additionally, some employers either partially or entirely cover their employee's advanced degree and consider it an investment in a higher quality team. In other cases, corporations are funding the education of certain individuals, and schools are offering free tuition after several years of schooling.
Google funds students' education
Singularity University, located on the campus of NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, offers educational programs for corporations, entrepreneurs, NGOs and government leaders. Its Graduate Studies Program has received Google's support right from the start, reported Singularity Hub, the school's online publication. Recently, the corporation announced plans of contributing $3 million over the course of two years to help give deserving students the funds they need to complete the program and get to work on a globally valuable initiative. The graduate-level program is a nine-week curriculum that gives students the ability to craft an idea that could positively impact the lives of 1 billion people over the course of 10 years.
"The new agreement with Google is an incredibly important pillar in our efforts to increase global access and diversity for qualified candidates, regardless of their ability to pay," Rob Nail, CEO and associate founder of Singularity University, told the news source. "Google's support will further help to break down barriers of access to the Silicon Valley network of technologists, business leaders, and investors."
"In exchange for the funding, students will be given teaching roles."
Yale waives tuition for students Yale University is another institution that's working to make some of its programs more affordable for students. According to YaleNews, eligible Ph.D. students in humanities and social sciences programs will be able to attend their sixth year at the university free of charge. In exchange for the funding, students will be given teaching roles within the university to both help pay for the year and build their portfolios.
"Many of our graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences typically take up to six years to complete, and, until now, our funding package covered only five years," the school's Dean, Lynn Cooley, told the source. "We strongly encourage students to try to finish in five years, but we know from long experience that some programs take slightly longer, so we are delighted to be able to help students in this way."
By Monique Smith
GraduateGuide.com - helping you find colleges and universities that offer the accredited graduate programs that most interest you.