The following information and links below will help you navigate your time as a Stanford Public Policy graduate student. Contact publicpolicy [at] stanford.edu (publicpolicy[at]stanford[dot]edu) at any time for assistance.
A one-stop place for graduate resources can be found here.
At this time, the Public Policy Program has limited funding for students looking to pursue the graduate degree. If you are a student enrolled in a joint degree department or school, you should contact your 'primary' program to see about funding, since it varies from unit to unit. For example, some programs will have Teaching or Research Assistantship possibilities. Many students fund their additional time at Stanford by taking out loans to supplement the cost of tuition and living expenses.
If you still have questions, please visit the websites below. They provide more information on Stanford Financial Aid, as well as loans designed for graduates aimed at working in Government or Public Service Careers.
- Funding Opportunities for Science and Engineering Graduate Students
- Stanford Financial Aid Office
- Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness
- National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
- Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program
- Financial Aid for Veterans
- Graduate Funding Checklist
Emergency and Other Funding
- Graduate Student Aid Fund assists with University fees
- Graduate Grant-in-Aid Funds assists with financial emergency or unanticipated expenses
- Graduate Housing Loan assists with monve-in costs for off-campus housing
- Graduate Family Grant provides up to $20,000 per year per family to eligible graduate students with dependent children
Graduate Aid Resources
Some additional University resources
- The Student Budget provides estimated expenses
- Bechtel provides information on on-campus employment. CPT, OPT, internship and tax information for international students
- Stanford Financial Aid provides information about the bill, tax information, third party sponsor invoicing
- Mind Over Money is a free online literacy tool
- H&S website includes information about graduate awards and fellowships
- VPGE provides information about graduate fellowships
- Gateway to Financial Activities provides administrative resources (e.g. sign-up for direct deposit, tax treaty information)
Funding for current Public Policy students
- Summer Internship Fellowship - Looking for summer internship financial support? If you are a non-graduating Public Policy student, take a look at our fellowship application to support your summer internship.
- Teaching or Research Assistantships (contact program for more details)
- Various paid hourly opportunities (contact program for more details)
- Public Policy Program Course Policies: Courses taught in the Public Policy Program are covered by a set of course management policies, laid out in the linked document; students are responsible for knowing and abiding by these course policies.
- Hume Writing Center : Offers one-to-one tutoring and workshops for graduate student writers. Building 250, Main Quad.
- Center for Teaching and Learning : Helps with all aspects of being a teacher and a learner. 408 Panama Mall, Stanford, CA.
- Stanford Bulletin (aka Explore Degrees): For a comprehensive listing of degree requirements
- Explore Courses: For course descriptions, schedules, faculty information
- Stanford Career Education: For career recruitment resources, career counseling and planning, job fairs, and help with resumes
- English for Foreign Students: language programs
- Office of Accessible Education: (OAE) support and services for students with disabilities
- Vice Provost for Graduate Education: (VPGE) fellowships and other funding, professional develoment and netowrking
- Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning: (VPTL) resources to studetns as both learners and instructors
- Academic Skills Coaching: offered through VPTL
- H&S Graduate and Undergraduate Studies: (GUS) advising, mediation, and student academic grievances
- Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education: Always a great place to start, the website provides links to most university-wide resources related to graduate study at Stanford.
- Graduate Life Office: The place to turn to for resources and help for the non-academic aspects of graduate student life. GLO staff can provide immediate assistance if needed. 750 Escondido Road, (650) 736-7078.
- Haas Center for Public Service: Stanford University's most visible commitment to public and community service.
- Graduate Community Center: Pick up campus maps, brochures, and handouts on Stanford resources, use the free computer, printer, copy machine, fax machine, and telephone for local calls. Graduate Community Center, 2nd floor, Bogota Room, (650) 723-5155
- Office of Accessibility: The OAE provides a wide array of accommodations, support services, auxiliary aids and programs to remove barriers to full participation in the life of the University
- Student Tech Resources: At Stanford, you’ll find plenty of technology resources and support available online and across campus
Student Life Resources
- Vaden Student Health Center: Serves the health needs of Stanford students and their spouses or domestic partners, including counseling and psychological services. 866 Campus Drive, (650) 498-2336; 24-hour crisis counseling (650) 723-3785.
- Diversity and Access Office: Posts university-wide policies that comply with federal, state and local regulations pertaining to non-discrimination and equal opportunity.
- Graduate Student Council: Advocates for graduate causes, organizes social events, and funds student groups.
- Student Organizations: Stanford’s hundreds of student organizations cover a myriad of interests.
- Events at Stanford: Offers a comprehensive listing of Stanford events—from lectures to concerts.
- Health and Fitness and Be Well @ Stanford: The department of Physical Education, Recreation, & Wellness offers classes and recreation facilities for all students.
- Campus Eateries: Stanford campus offers over 30 dining options. A handy guide to locate them all.
- Student Housing
- Community Centers: A complete list of centers and resources for a culturally diverse student body, including resources for military-affiliated communities, first generation college students, Asian American students, African American students, Chicano and Latino students, Muslim and Arab students, Native American students, LGBT students and allies, and international students.
- Stanford Public Policy Alumni Group on LinkedIn: Connect with former Public Policy majors for career advice and mentoring opportunities.
- Stanford Alumni Network: Join Stanford's alumni network to gain access to career resources and connect with former students. (Students are eligible to gain access to the Alumni Directory after 3 quarters as a Stanford student.)
- Stanford Alumni Mentoring: SAM is a great way for you to connect with a mentor who can introduce you to new places, people and ideas; who can encourage and support you; and who can serve as a contact and resource as you navigate your education, bringing your interests and plans to fruition.
- Dinner Off the Farm: Enjoy a dinner with five to ten other grad students who share your interests during a casual, home-cooked meal whipped up by local grad alumni hosts. Each family-style gathering is located near Stanford campus and is free for grad students; transportation is arranged as needed.
- Asian American Activities Center
- Bechtel International Center
- Black Community Services Center
- Diversity and First-Gen Office
- El Centro Chicana y Latino
- The Markaz Resource Center
- Native American Cultural Center
- Office for Military-Affiliated Communities
- Queer Student Resources
- Religious Life Office
- Women’s Community Center