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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Funding Your Education

Tuition Costs

The University of Texas at Austin is still an incredible bargain when it comes to peer institutions.  Berkeley raised their tuition 32%(!) over the next two years, and the average rate hike for one year for 4-year schools in the country was 6.5%. 

For details on University tuition please visit Tuition Dollars & Sense

An example of tuition rates for a graduate student in Liberal Arts taking 9 hours:
  • $4044 for 9 hours of tuition in-state
  • $7481 for a nonresident first enrolled Spring 2004 or earlier AND enrolled in their current graduate program prior to Summer 2008
  • $8016 for a nonresident first enrolled after spring 2004 or enrolled in their current graduate program after Spring 2008.

The master’s degree in women’s and gender studies is designed as a two-year program. 
Read more about degree and credit hour requirements here.  Summer enrollment is not required.  Every year the program admits a cohort of ten students.

*Tuition and fees increase every year about 5%.

Funding Opportunities

All applicants are considered for University Fellowships and TAships if they submit a complete application postmarked by December 15th.  

Graduate school diversity recruitment fellowships are intended help promote a diverse graduate student body at The University of Texas at Austin.  This competitive fellowship program is for incoming students and is open to anyone applying to a master's or doctoral program at The University of Texas at Austin.  You may review the Diversity Recruitment Fellowships and alert us if you would qualify as a nominee.

Some of our students receive Teaching Assistantships in departments through out the College of Liberal Arts.  When additional positions become available, we notify students and they submit a resume to the faculty member and arrange a meeting/interview.  One advantage of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies is that we are an interdisciplinary-program, with faculty in many departments across the University.  This allows our students the opportunity to work with different faculty and students, as well as diversifies their studies.

Competitive students who are out-of-state may be awarded in-state tuition in the form of a scholarship.  Students will also be eligible to apply for Continuing Fellowships at the end of their fall semester for the following year. 

For more information on funding or fellowships, please visit the Office of Graduate Studies’ funding resources web site.  This excellent resource lists awards eligibility requirements, deadlines, and the amount of funding.  Be sure to check out the different categories – many of these awards that are not department specific.  Again, please let us know if we can nominate you for any of these awards!

In addition to fellowships, grants and loans are also available through the Office of Student Financial Services In order to qualify for Federal Financial Aid, please visit to get started on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Other opportunities for funding:

Students affiliated with the Center for Women's and Gender Studies may request travel funds (up to $250) to assist with the cost of travel if selected to present at a conference.  Funds will be distributed after travel is completed. Application form

UT Office of Student Financial Services

The University's Office of Student Financial Services administers long-term educational loan programs, the College Work-Study Program (for which graduate students may be eligible), and a short-term loans for registration and other emergency needs.

The UT OSFS website is an incredible resource. Please visit:

Street Address
Office of Student Financial Services
The University of Texas at Austin
100 West Dean Keeton Street
Student Services Building
3rd Floor, Suite 3.200
Austin, TX 78712

Lobby Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday - 9:00am - 4:30pm

Telephone Information Center Hours and Numbers
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Main - (512) 475-6282

Mailing Address
Office of Student Financial Services
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7758, UT Station
Austin, TX 78713-7758
Campus Mail Code

International Students

Unfortunately there is no federal financial aid available to international students.  Please note the opportunities listed below.

Most of our international students have had external fellowships from outside organizations such as the Ford Foundation and Fulbright Foundation.

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