Some weeks ago after I wrote How to Go To Graduate School for Free, a couple people asked me for advice on how to apply to a PhD and other graduate degree programs. Of course it would’ve made more sense to talk about applying before funding (and long before how to balance school with the rest of your life), but out of order information is better than no information at all right? RIGHT?? Anyway, here are 4 stages to applying to a PhD program. While the advice is PhD specific (since that’s the experience I have), most of it can be generalized to other graduate degree programs.