Financing Your Education

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Graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin generally support themselves in one of the following ways: departmental aid in the form of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships; fellowships administered by the Office of Graduate Studies; need-based financial aid administered by the Office of Student Financial Services (OSFS), and outside funding or employment.

More than 50 percent of all students in the graduate school receive some form of financial award.

Financial Aid

For students who need additional financial support beyond fellowships or assistantships, financial aid is available. Graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) may apply for federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs administered by OSFS by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additional financial assistance is available through various programs that provide tuition and fee exemptions for Texas residents who meet certain criteria. These programs allow some Texas residents to attend a public college or university in Texas without paying tuition or, in some cases, tuition and fees.

Fellowships and Awards

The Graduate School provides Recruiting Fellowships, Continuing Fellowships, Diversity Fellowships, and Professional Development Travel Awards, as well as coordinating many extramural fellowships and awards university-wide fellowships based upon nominations from departments. (Applications for these fellowships are not accepted directly from students.) The Graduate School also serves as a resource center for students seeking information on fellowships funded by outside sources. For more information, see the links below.

Student Employment

Teaching and research assistantships provide valuable experience and financial support for graduate students. Employment in a non-academic role at the university, or out in the community, is an option for many graduate students.  Many departments list links to employment opportunities for their graduates, so it is helpful to check your department's Web site.

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