Resources for McNair Scholars

Links and information for every step of the process:

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available in many different forms from a multitude of sources. Your first priority when dealing with sources of funding should be assessing the Federal Student Financial Aid available to you. Many universities also offer graduate assistantships, fellowships, or other scholarships for cultural and/or merit-based achievement. These resources may require additional applications and have separate deadlines.

Federal Student Financial Aid:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): FAFSA

Federal Student Aid from the U.S. Department of Education: Student Aid

Cultural Funding Sources:

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans: PDSOROS

Hispanic Scholarship Fund: HSF

United Negro College Fund: UNCF

List of Other Cultural Scholarship Opportunities: UNIGO Scholarship Search - Minority

Field-Specific Funding Sources:

Business: PhD Project Links

STEM Fields: SMART

Other External Funding Sources:

UNIGO Scholarship Search

FastWeb Scholarship Search

Fee Waivers:

Many graduate programs provide fee waivers for McNair Scholars. A complete list of these schools is provided by the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), linked below. Typically the program will require a form or letter certifying that you are a McNair participant, which can be provided by the Director of Castleton's program. If you are applying to a program not on this list, you may still be able to obtain a fee waiver, but must contact them separately to determine what procedures to follow.

Current list of schools offering fee waivers to McNair Scholars:

COE McNair Scholars Fee Waiver List

Other fee waivers for culturally diverse students: 

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