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Funding sources outside of the department (Graduate)

  1. Jun 26, 2012 #1
    Greetings, this is my first post here.

    I just graduated with a B.S in Physics and will be attending a university for a M.Sc program (Terminal degree there).

    I will be receiving a state university grant, additionally there are TA/GA positions that I am applying for.

    I will also potentially be getting an RA position after I get settled in. This hopefully will be enough to live on.

    However, I am encountering some problems, even with a full lab load for TA position I will be making about 10k a year, I will be living with my girlfriend in the LA/Long Beach area and she's getting about the same amount. Is it feasible to be living off this without struggling immensely? We don't spend much as it is.

    I will be asking the department as well (already sent the email) but I'm strongly considering taking out a loan initially for my first year.

    I saw information about the SMART grant and a few other additional grants. Chances are I'm too late for any of those applications now which is 100% my fault.

    Is there anything else out there for this year or next I could potentially look into?

    Thank you!
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