Funding Your Education

Graduate study is a major investment in your personal and professional future. We aid graduate students through a wealth of funding opportunities, and have a team of supportive staff who can help you navigate the process.

Although the specifics vary from program to program, the University helps graduate and professional school students pay for their educations in numerous ways—through direct funding and through facilitating eligible student participation in federal loan programs. The vast majority of doctoral students receive a full, five-year package, including tuition and a stipend. Master’s programs differ more widely, with many offering some merit aid awards, and a few offering need based aid. You should review the specific details of the programs you are considering to determine what types of aid they offer. In addition, because of the prestige attached to holding a competitive award and because the University cannot offer funding to every candidate, students are always encouraged to explore outside funding in their field.

Information specific to master's and doctoral programs can be found in the fellowships section. In addition, the University offers a wide array of opportunities for paid employment, educational benefits for veterans, teaching or research assistantships, fellowships or grants, and other financial aid.

kate mariner

“I began participating in Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) events during my first year as a graduate student because I was looking for a community of shared experience in addition to the one I was building in my department….In the past year, I applied for and received a Research Initiative Grant from OMSA, which helped me to finish the final phase of my dissertation research.”

—Kate Mariner

PhD 2015, Anthropology

Assistant Professor, University of Rochester