An LBJ School degree is an investment in your future that requires advanced planning and a clear understanding of the financial resources available to you. The University and the LBJ School Office of Student and Alumni Programs is dedicated to providing the information you need to pursue supplemental funding for your education.
Securing adequate funding is an important part of preparing for graduate school. LBJ School students fund their educations in a number of ways: federal financial aid (primarily in the form of loans), employment (both on- and off-campus), grants and fellowships. Many students need to employ a combination of these resources to make graduate education affordable.
A special note for international students:
International students are not eligible for need-based federal grants or loans, and immigration regulations greatly restrict off-campus employment. Part-time employment on campus is a possibility for graduate students who are eligible through their F1 or J1 student status or those on other visas who have work authorization. However, there is considerable competition for these on-campus jobs. International students must therefore be fully prepared to cover the cost (tuition and living expenses) of their education prior to entering the United States.
Because the LBJ School is committed to making a quality education affordable. In addition to having one of the most affordable tuition and fee structures among comparable public policy schools in the country, the LBJ School awards more than $1 million each year in fellowships to its entering class. Within each entering class, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs seeks to achieve a critical mass of traditionally underrepresented populations, including those of different cultural, ethnic, gender, and geographic backgrounds. The School believes that a meaningful representation of a broad range of diverse interests and experiences is essential to a public affairs education both inside and outside the classroom. The School annually awards fellowships on the basis of merit and the desire for a broadly diverse student body among those applying to the master's or doctoral programs. Consistent with the criteria set out in the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School's admission policy, selection for these fellowships are based on a complete and thorough review of the student's file. Fellowships are awarded based on merit and take into consideration:
- a strong record of academic performance,
- demonstrated professional experience in a field of public affairs or policy,
- an ability to contribute to, or benefit from, the diverse and challenging educational environment of the School.
All LBJ School applicants are automatically reviewed on a competitive basis for merit-based fellowships during the admissions review process. No additional application is required. Those receiving competitive fellowships will be notified of their award in their official LBJ School admissions letter. All LBJ School fellowship funds and out-of-state tuition waivers are distributed to students during the admissions process. Students will be notified of awards by e-mail and/or in their admission letter. There are no subsequent opportunities to apply for LBJ School fellowship funding once a student is enrolled.
Additional fellowship funding information is available from the University's Office of Graduate Studies.
Fellowship recipients and non-fellowship recipients are strongly encouraged to explore their eligibility for need-based financial assistance. The University of Texas Student Financial Services Office administers federally funded financial aid and has links to FASFA applications. There are links to many other funding sources including grants, scholarships, work-study, and other loans available on their web site.
On-campus employment is convenient and typically follows the University’s academic calendar (meaning – you won’t have to work over the holiday breaks). In addition, some on-campus employment, particularly those positions that employ students at a rate of 20 or more hours a week, like some Teaching Assistant (TA) and Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) positions, may provide in-state tuition rates and other forms of tuition assistance.
Graduate Research Assistant positions are available in all UT departments. At the LBJ School they are offered by individual faculty who are staffing grants. Interested students should check the research links of both the school and the centers to see who may have openings for first year students.
As a professional graduate school with no associated undergraduate program, the LBJ School has a very limited number of TA positions. Those TA positions that are offered are typically staffed by the LBJ School's PhD students. LBJ School TA positions will occasionally be advertised to second year Masters students when those opportunities arise. First year Masters students looking for TA positions in other UT departments should explore those options well before the start of the semester. To be considered a competitive candidate, it is recommended that you seek employment in a department that offers undergraduate and/or graduate course work in a discipline with which you are already familiar.
The following link provides UT Austin departmental coordinator and advisor contacts to help you get started with your search: www.utexas.edu/ogs/admissions/programs.html.
The following links will also assist you with researching campus employment opportunities:
Off-campus employment allows students to gain professional experience, explore future career possibilities, and network in their field of policy interest if they so choose. Note: Immigration regulations greatly restrict off-campus employment for international students.
For current policy-related job listings, see the LBJ School's Career Connections website.
For information about the City of Austin’s major employers, visit the Austin Chamber of Commerce website.