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Ryan Hickey is the Managing Editor of Peterson's and an expert in college, graduate, and professional admissions. A graduate of Yale University, Ryan has worked in admissions for nearly a decade writing test-prep material for the SAT, AP exams, and TOEFL, editing essays and personal statements, and consulting directly with applicants. He enjoys sharing his knowledge to aid others in achieving their educational goals and, when he gets a break, loves hiking and fly fishing with his wife and two border-collie mixes.

Graduate Loans—Some Advice for Grad Students

Graduate school loans sound like a simple solution for taking the next step in your education. Before you take out graduate loans, think of a real-life situation based on your earning potential after graduate school. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on May 12, 2015

Things to Consider before Taking out Stafford Graduate Loans

When considering a Stafford Loan as a grad student, the first thing to remember is that with an unsubsidized loan you will have to pay interest, either during school or after graduation (but your interest will accrue with the latter choice). Just as you might have done in college as an undergraduate student, you'll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) form. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on May 12, 2015

Paying Back Your Graduate Loans

While scholarships and grants for graduate school are gifts and do not have to be repaid, loans are quite different. For most students, graduate school loans are considered a necessary evil. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on May 12, 2015

Graduate Financial Aid Resources for Your MBA

There's more to graduate financial aid than the federal government, although it does offer some of the best loans and terms around. However, even the government can't necessarily get you everything you need to get that MBA you're after, so do a thorough job of checking out what is available to you. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on May 12, 2015

Government Financial Aid for Graduate Students

The largest source of financial aid in the U.S.A. is the government. Government financial aid takes many forms: grants, work-study, and loans. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on May 12, 2015

Stafford Graduate Loans Can Be a Financial Win/Win for Borrowers

If you are thinking about a grad school loan, it's time for a little brush-up work on how Stafford loans work. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on May 12, 2015

Smart Borrowing Tips for Graduate Loans

Graduate school loans are considered a justifiable means to an end, but can also be a major contributor to excessive debt. Be a smart borrower and avoid overwhelming loan grad-school loan obligations by understanding your options and keeping your debt to a minimum. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on May 12, 2015

How One School Encourages Architectural Innovation

Modern architecture is about more than planning buildings. It's about innovation. Find out how you can improve your world with a graduate degree in architecture. 2d697a3b-4897-4ce8-b8be-73f9de51ae6f cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on May 11, 2015

Sample LSAT Test Questions

Use these sample LSAT test questions as part of your LSAT prep to see where to focus your study time and help you get ready for what to expect on the actual test. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on March 20, 2015

M.B.A. Programs - Get Your M.B.A. Degree!

Take your business career to the next level with an M.B.A. degree. Search through our database of accredited colleges and universities for the M.B.A. program that best fits your needs. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on March 18, 2015

MCAT Test Dates, Locations, and Structure

Before you start your MCAT prep, you should get some basic information about the test. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on February 23, 2015

An Overview of LSAT Test Dates, Locations, and Scoring

Before you start preparing for the LSAT test, get important information about test dates, test locations, and how the exam is scored 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on February 23, 2015

MBA Admissions: The Essay and Application

If you want those admission officers competing against each other for your enrollment, master the special combination of timing, self-analysis, honesty, and accuracy. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on September 15, 2014

Exploring the M.F.A. in Visual Arts

Do you currently work in the visual arts? Are you an artist looking to enhance your knowledge or teach at the collegiate level? Maybe you’re just looking for that extra credential to round out your resume. Finding a school that offers the M.F.A. in visual arts just might be your answer. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on May 08, 2014

Working for Your Professors May Offer Graduate Financial Aid

Free money for graduate school can be hard to come by because even though it's out there, it's just not as prolific as what's available to the undergraduate world. If you've scrounged for grants and scholarships and have come up virtually empty-handed, there are still options available that may help you attain graduate school financial aid. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on April 09, 2014

PLUS Graduate Loans Are Available for Graduate Students

Until fairly recently, many students pursuing master's or professional degrees found that the federal loans available to them don't completely cover the high cost of an advanced degree. After seeking available scholarships and grants for graduate school and exhausting existing federal loan resources, graduate students were still faced with tuition that needed to be paid. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on April 09, 2014

Graduate Loans: Repayment Benefits of a Federal Perkins Loan

Owing money on graduate loans can be a burden, but if you took out a Perkins Loan, you may be able to pay it off without a dime coming out of your own pocket! 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on April 09, 2014

Finding Graduate Financial Aid for Your MBA

Attending business school is a big investment of your time, your energy, and especially your money. As with most things, good preparation will ensure that you get the money you need and won't go broke paying it back. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on April 09, 2014

Graduate Financial Aid for International Students

Whether you're still deciding on a school or you're already applying, make sure you find out if the schools you've chosen have programs available to help you pare down your tuition bill. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on April 09, 2014

FAFSA Form: Your Ticket to Grad School Grants, Work-study, and Loans

Filling out the FAFSA form is a necessary step to receiving federal financial aid. And if you can, you want to receive federal financial aid. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on April 09, 2014

Looking Beyond Your School for Graduate Financial Aid

Financial aid for international students can be hard to find, but it's out there. You just need to be willing to do some research — and perhaps make a few phone calls. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on April 09, 2014

What Value Can Be Found in Ph.D. Programs?

How much are Ph.D. programs worth? For some, the road to a Ph.D. is filled with intangible rewards, such as gaining knowledge and becoming known as an academic expert in their field. Others pursue doctoral programs with the belief that an advanced degree will bring them professional prestige and a large salary. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on April 09, 2014

The Graduate School Decision: Basic Considerations

To go or not to go, that is the question. Graduate school sounds like a great option for…what exactly? 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on April 09, 2014

Is the Cost of a Graduate Degree Worth It?

A graduate school degree can improve an individual's skill set, knowledge base, marketability, and earning potential. Over the course of a lifetime, a person with 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on April 09, 2014

Fellowships and Assistantships Supplement Graduate School Scholarships

What you may not realize (as many people don't) is that there is money available for graduate and doctoral students, just not in all the usual places that you're likely to look, and that it might not always come in the form of scholarships for graduate school. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on April 07, 2014

Graduate School Scholarships May Be Fulbright Awards

If you're like a lot of people, you may have heard of Fulbright scholarships, but never really understood what they're all about. Some people hear the words and immediately associate them with prestige, perhaps making the assumption that Fulbright awards are graduate school scholarships reserved only for the best students in the world. While it's true that you have to work hard to earn a Fulbright award, you don't have to be in a position of privilege. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on April 07, 2014

MBA Admission: Choosing a School

Choosing a business school is all about finding the school that fits you the best, just as it was when you chose a college for your undergraduate studies. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on February 18, 2014

Getting Your Graduate Degree Without Quitting Your Job

You might want a program that understands your needs as a professional where every aspect of the program is career-oriented. Studying along with other students who are focused on advancing their careers and learning from staff members who have real world experience as well as a passion for teaching can be helpful in translating theoretical knowledge learned in class to the daily work environment. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on February 03, 2014

What’s the Difference Between Computer Science and Computer Engineering?

Both degrees and jobs in computing are becoming increasingly specialized. For this reason, it is more important than ever to fully research a computing degree program so that you can be certain that the program will provide you with the knowledge and experience that you need for your career. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on February 03, 2014

The Natural Beauty of Science: Coastal Zone Management

Coastal zone management experts work to better understand the delicate ecosystem of coastal regions. They also must have an understanding of coastal zone policies as well as the socioeconomic issues that affect how people use particular coastal zones. 78401805-ad2b-49b9-8877-50cbb2e0a5b1 cccd9c83-347c-4d0a-aa15-d190c65f488b

By Ryan Hickey updated on February 03, 2014
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