Financial Aid for Graduate Students

There are two primary forms of Financial Aid available to graduate students beyond the normal Federal or Private loans and scholarships you are most likely familiar with from your undergraduate experience: Fellowships and Associateships. 

Complete information on costs and financial support can be found on the university’s Graduate and Professional Admissions Office web site.

Fellowships


Fellowships are awarded at the time of acceptance into the program. They provide a monthly stipend and payment of resident and non-resident tuition and fees. They are regarded as the most prestigious form of support awarded to graduate students, and they are offered on a highly competitive basis.

Graduate Fellowships

Graduate School Fellowships are awarded to those applicants who show outstanding scholarly accomplishment and the most outstanding potential for graduate study. Eligibility requirements include a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another scale). The GRE is not required for Design Applicatants. 

Graduate Enrichment Fellowship

The intent of the Graduate Enrichment Fellowship program is to recruit individuals who will bring diversity to the Graduate School. The Graduate School considers diversity to be a broadly defined concept. Examples of features of an applicant’s file that could satisfy this criterion include, but are not limited to, ethnic background, social or economic disadvantage, nominee status as a McNair Scholar, disability, or other characteristics or attributes that may contribute to the diversity of the Graduate School.

To be considered for a Graduate Enrichment Fellowship candidates must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.1 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on another scale). The GRE is not required for Design Applicants. 

Department Graduate Associateships


A limited number of department-funded GAs are available each year. They provide a monthly stipend and payment of resident and non-resident tuition and fees with the requirement of 20 hours weekly teaching or research-related responsibilities.  As well, graduate associates working for two consecutive semesters are entitled to a full tuition and fee authorization during the immediately following summer session. Responsibilities are assigned by the Department Chairperson and the graduate associate's immediate supervisor. 

The GA titles for these assignments are:

  • Graduate Research Associate (GRA) - working on research projects with graduate faculty
  • Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) - teaching undergraduate courses
  • Graduate Administrative Associate (GAA) - administrative work in office, lab, or shop facilities

Note: Answering with a specific interest in one type of opportunity does not disqualify you from consideration for others.

Qualifications


If you are interested in the above opportunities, in your application, please describe areas of competency, experience, or justification in regard to your request for either a Fellowship or Associateship. If you are interested in a GTA, please describe any relevant experience indicating preparedness for teaching undergraduate courses.

 
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