Financial Support

Incoming Students: Financial Support is Available!

Finding all of the financial support options that are available to incoming students can be a daunting task when you consider that there are opportunities at the department, college, and university levels.

First and foremost, you should know that you may receive a fellowship or employment offer based on the strength of your application materials, so be sure to put together the strongest application you can. Departmental admissions committees typically decide what to offer.

Recruitment Fellowships

The university has several graduate recruitment fellowships that departmental admissions committees can offer to prospective students. The college and departments also have recruitment fellowships to offer. You do not need to take any additional steps to apply for these awards other than to be sure to apply by the deadline provided on your department’s how-to-apply page.

Campus Visit Awards

Students offered a Graduate School fellowship who are still deciding whether to attend the university may be eligible to receive a campus visit award to reimburse you for the cost of visiting the Forty Acres. Your department will notify you of this opportunity.


Your offer may include an opportunity of employment in one of the following positions:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Assistant Instructor
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Academic Assistant
  • Tutor

Learn more about academic employment

Learn about non-academic employment options

Current Students

Continuing Student Fellowships

Your department will notify you via email about fellowship opportunities for continuing students for which you will need to apply during the fall semester for the following academic year. Please be sure to keep an eye out for these opportunities.

Decentralized Graduate School Fellowships

Additional fellowships are periodically available, including a graduate school funded dissertation fellowship and summer research funding. Advisors nominate and departments typically select recipients.

Professional Development Awards

Professional Development Awards provide support for students to attend major professional meetings at which they present an original paper based on their research. The department nominates students for these awards which are approved and administered by the Graduate School.

Learn more on the Graduate School’s site

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid is a terrific resource for information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and knowing your costs.

NOTE: Graduate students are eligible to apply for FAFSA.