Department of Art and Art History Design

Graduate Program Tuition and Support

Applicants are strongly urged not to wait for notification of admission before filing your Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application, even if you do not intend on taking out student loans. Failure to do so could result in delay or disqualification from certain types of financial support.

Tuition and Fees

Effective September 1, 2013. Tuition and fees are established by the State of Texas Legislature and are subject to change.

Tuition and Fees for entire 2-year, 60-hour MFA program

Texas Residents
Non-Residents of Texas *


* The faculty's goal is to make awards to all non-residents of Texas that waive the non-resident portion of tuition. Tuition Waivers forgive the non-resident portion of tuition for out-of-state and international students, cutting the cost almost in half. Therefore, it is very likely that each admitted student will only be charged resident (in-state) tuition for both years.

Fellowships, Tuition Waivers, and Teaching Assistantships
The Design Division will automatically consider all students admitted to the MFA Design program for the following types of financial assistance: fellowships (based on the competitive merit of the applicant’s portfolio), non-resident tuition waivers (if applicable), and teaching assistantships (availability based on University need and funding). Admitted students may be eligible for need-based departmental fellowships as well.

Additional Financial Information

Tuition, Fees, and Other Costs
Financing Your Education


We offer a limited number of recruitment fellowships to accepted applicants based primarily on their application portfolios; incoming students do not need to apply for these separately. These fellowships range from $1,000–$12,000. We offer a limited number of continuing fellowships for MFA students already enrolled in the program and returning the following year. These awards are competitive, and are based upon all aspects of Review 1 as well as the student’s performance in Design Division classes and independent studies. These fellowships generally range from $1,000–$5,000. Information about how to search for sources of funding and external fellowships is available from the Graduate Outreach Program within the Office of Graduate Studies.

Travel Awards

Design Division Merit Travel Fellowships

The design faculty is committed to assisting students with travel opportunities to attend conferences and present their own work at notable events. Therefore, in addition to Professional Development funds for which students may apply for through the Graduate School, the Design Division also has a travel fund to which students may apply on an as-needed, as-available basis. The assistance is $500 to attend and $800 for presenting original research.

Teaching Assistantships

TAs assist faculty in classrooms and/or monitor open-laboratory periods; assignments are based upon institutional need and budgetary limitations, and are on a semester-by-semester basis. Fall 2014, TAs were paid $2,813 per semester for 10-hour appointments, and given tuition assistance of $1,892 per semester. For 20-hour per week positions, the salary is $5,627 per semester, and includes health insurance, resident tuition rates, and tuition assistance of $3,784 per semester.

Federal Student Loans and University Grants

Graduate students from the U.S. (citizens or permanent residents) are automatically eligible for Federal Stafford loans as independent students. Students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as their application to the graduate school has been submitted, and they have completed their federal tax return. Review the Web site of the University's Office of Student Financial Services for more information.

Information about how to search for other sources of funding and external fellowships is available from the Graduate School: Funding Resources and Graduate Recruitment and Outreach Program.