Tuition fees and living cost in Monterey were two of my main financial concerns about studying at the Monterey Institute. As an international student, I didn't know if I would be eligible for scholarship funding. Luckily, I received a merit scholarship because I was considered for it automatically when I applied to the master's degree program.
The merit scholarship was an important factor that influenced my decision to attend MIIS because it provided a lot of support to me financially and made it possible for me to pursue graduate studies at MIIS.
I am doing a dual masters degree in Public Administration and International Policy Studies-concentrating in Conflict Resolution. I was awarded a merit scholarship for 3 years to do both of my master’s degrees and without it, it would have been financially challenging to complete both of them.
Other than the merit scholarship, I received institutional work-study aid, which helps me with my living expenses.
Yes, I feel very positive that my investment at MIIS is worth the money. Especially since I am staying to complete a dual degree and my scholarship was extended for that.
I cover my living expenses in Monterey through my institutional work-study aid. I work 20 hours per week on campus.
Living cost and food expenses are the most expensive part of my life in Monterey.
If I had some extra money, I would spend it on more healthy food and on books.
I live near campus to save transportation cost and I spent more time to find housing with cheaper rent. I also make my own lunch from home and occasionally buy fruits and vegetables at the local farmers market.
My suggestions for students who are concerned like I was about the cost of attending graduate school, is to apply for every possible scholarship. Especially the merit based scholarship because it does not require any additional application - for me it was a big financial support. In addition, taking advantage of on campus job opportunities and research opportunities will help students with their living cost and food expenses.