Financial Aid for Graduates

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A variety of financial aid is available for UT graduate students, including loans, grants, scholarships, graduate assistantships and more.

A graduate student taking eight credit hours or more of graduate work during a semester is considered full time. Students taking four credit hours during a semester are considered half time. To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must enroll for a minimum of four credit hours per semester.

Students who are employed should investigate their company's policy on educational assistance and benefits.

For more information about the disbursement of aid please see Award Notifications.

Types of Aid for Graduate Students

Program-Specific Aid: Many types of graduate financial assistance are specific to individual programs. Choose from the following to learn more:

Loans: Federal Stafford loans are available to graduate students attending school at least half time. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines your eligibility for these loans. Students may apply for alternative loans from private resources, though the financial aid office recommends exhausting your federal loan options first.

Veterans Benefits: UT covers up to 100 percent of the tuition and fees of veterans eligible for the new Yellow Ribbon program. Learn more about this and the many other veterans programs available.

Employee Reimbursement Program: Many companies support employee graduate education with tuition assistance plans. Please let your financial aid counselor know if you will receive educational assistance or other benefits from your employer. Learn more about participating in the Employee Reimbursement Plan.

Graduate Assistantships: Graduate assistantships are available each academic year to new full-time graduate business students. An assistantship provides a tuition waiver for up to 12 credit hours per semester, plus a $1,500 stipend. Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week for an academic or administrative office, carry a full course load (at least eight and no more than 14 credit hours per semester) and maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA. Graduate assistantships are competitive and are awarded by the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Academically qualified students will be invited to apply. Please note, Executive MBA students are not eligible for graduate assistant positions.

MSN students may apply for half-time graduate assistantships that provide up to an annual 12 credit hour tuition waiver. To obtain an MSN assistantship application, contact the director of nursing at (813) 253-6223.

Student Employment: Some departments offer part-time positions. You do not have to demonstrate need to qualify.

Outside Scholarships

Gates Millennium Scholars: The Gates Millennium Scholars may apply for funding as a graduate student pursuing a degree in one of the following programs at UT:

  • MBA in Information Systems Management
  • M.S in Instructional Design and Technology
  • Master of Education
  • M.S in Exercise and Nutrition Science
Students must submit a Graduate Program Inquiry Form to the Gates Millennium Scholars Program to determine whether the Gates Millennium Scholars will provide funding for the program. Deadline for application is usually January 15th of the same year you intend to begin enrollment for the Fall semester (i.e. Jan. 15 for funding in the 2014-15 academic year). Visit Gates Millennium Scholars Website for more information.