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Pay for Your Professional Degree

Earning a professional degree takes a lot of financial and academic discipline, and a significant investment in education costs. Creating a financial map can help you stay on the path to achieving your goals.

Benchmark costs

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Research the higher education institutions you would like to attend and quantify tuition, room and board (if applicable), and other likely required costs. You may also need to consider loss of income if you are leaving a full-time job to pursue your education.

Explore financing options

The most common financing option is a student loan, which comes in a variety of options from unsubsidized federal loans, subsidized federal loans and private loans. You should also research if your employer provides tuition reimbursement for professionally relevant higher education studies. You may also want to consider opening and funding a Section 529 plan, which is a tax-exempt qualified tuition program that permits plan earnings to compound tax free.

Research scholarships and work-study options

You can also explore scholarships and grants. Other options could include graduate assistant positions or work-study arrangements that will reduce the total cost of your education. You may also consider whether family members are willing to provide support.

Talk with a financial advisor

You are about to make a significant decision that could accelerate your professional development and future earnings, though the decision will likely increase your long-term debt and could crimp your lifestyle in the short-term. A financial advisor can assist you in reviewing the various financial angles and decisions, so you make the best decision for you.

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Article is adapted from content provided by DTS.

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