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I have been accepted to a US university for a PhD in Education. The problem is that I’m not given any funding packages. I reached out to my professor and program director, and I was told to check for assistantships. I’m not sure if they become available though.

As an international student, I was wondering if there are other options for me to seek funding that can fully support my tuition and living expenses?

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  • Have you looked for any fellowship from your home country ? Education is the foundation of a country. There may be some fellowship available.
    – Nobody
    Aug 7, 2023 at 4:13
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    Yes, but I am from Iran and we don't have fellowships for studying in the US.
    – user175293
    Aug 7, 2023 at 7:58
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    In the university that I am accepted, there are almost 300 other Iranian students.
    – user175293
    Aug 7, 2023 at 10:12
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    @Parmis since there are already 300 iranian students, get in touch with them or their association (for sure there is one, a quick google gives you plenty of results for many US universities, see for example Purdue web.ics.purdue.edu/~icc , Urbana (IL) icauiuc.org , Boulder mines.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/… ... ) Don't be too depressed to discover that a relevant % of them is from wealth family that can support them through their PhD studies ...
    – EarlGrey
    Aug 7, 2023 at 10:44
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    @MoisheKohan Thank you, fortunately, I found a TA position, and among all the applicants I was selected. All I need to do is get my visa.
    – user175293
    Aug 12, 2023 at 13:51

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This is not helpful to you, but as a point of reference: In the United States, graduate students are generally not supported by the university unless (i) they are hired by a specific investigator who has external research funding, or (ii) the department has a teaching mission that requires a lot of Teaching Assistants (TAs). The former is often the case in engineering and science departments, the latter in mathematics and some liberal arts departments. Education departments do not fall in these categories, and most of their students are self-supported -- they have to find work on their own if they need the money.

Sometimes, the department is in need of people teaching a course or two here or there, and that would provide some funding. It is something you can ask the department into whose program you've been admitted. But it is not commonly the case that all (or even many) students in Education are fully supported.

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    Your phrasing of 'almost all graduate students are no supported' threw me off at first as the two exceptions you mention do cover a large proportion of all graduate students. It is true however, that most of those not covered by these two cases are unsupported.
    – quarague
    Aug 7, 2023 at 11:08
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    @quarague I don't have statistics about how many students are in which field, so I've just removed the "almost all" quantifier. Aug 8, 2023 at 12:24
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    @WolfgangBangerth Thank you, I found a TA position, and I was accepted. All I have to do is get my visa. All it took was too much research to find a relevant TA position. Since I have a strong resume, I could get the position.
    – user175293
    Aug 12, 2023 at 13:56

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