Pay for grad school with your undergraduate scholarship!
Story and photo by Dan Landau
Paying for grad school... with an undergraduate scholarship? Strange as it may sound, that is exactly what FDU now offers, in the form of the “Combined Degree Advantage,” a program that allows students to take their undergraduate financial aid package with them when they go to on for graduate studies.
“To my knowledge, no other school public or private is offering this type of scholarship opportunity,” say Jaime de Leon, associate director of undergraduate admissions. “The combined degree advantage program really gives our students an excellent opportunity to continue their education in our graduate school.”
Nicole Carrero, a 22-year-old resident of Roxbury, NJ, is one student that is taking full advantage of the program. Carrero (photographed at right) graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May this year and is about to start her graduate studies at FDU. A member of the QUEST teacher preparation program, the College at Florham grad student will be working towards her Master of Arts in Teaching.
Getting a great education, while saving money at the same time was important to Carrero. “I looked at a lot of other schools when I started looking into colleges,” she says. “But what really interested about FDU me was that I could get my bachelor’s and master’s together in five years. That right there saves a lot of money and it is a great opportunity.”
While the five-year program piqued Carrero’s interest, and the scholarship FDU offered sealed the deal. A recipient of the Colonel Fairleigh S. Dickinson Scholarship, Carrero notes that “the scholarship definitely swayed my decision to come here as an undergrad.” And now that scholarship is helping her complete her graduate studies:
“I intend on going further with my education after I graduate—perhaps for a certification in special education—and the graduate scholarship helps me save up for the continuing education I want to have and I’ll be able to start it sooner rather than later,” she says.
When Carrero completes her MAT, she will be certified to teach kindergarten through eighth grade, and is looking forward to teaching.
The Combined Degree Advantage applies to programs that have a fifth year component (4 undergraduate years + 1 graduate year = BA/BS and Master’s in just 5 years). A full list of qualifying degree programs is here.