Securing adequate funding is an important part of preparing for graduate 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.
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 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.
LBJ School applicants are considered for a merit-based fellowship during the admissions review process. No additional application is required. Those receiving these competitive fellowships will be notified of their award in their official LBJ School admission letter.
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. In addition, some on-campus employment may provide non-resident tuition waivers and other forms of tuition assistance.
Graduate Research Assistant positions are available in many UT departments. At the LBJ School, they are typically offered by individual faculty. Interested students should check the research links of both the LBJ School and the centers to see who may have openings for first year students.
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 master's students when opportunities arise. First year master's 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.