Funding Your education

Educational expenses for nine months will vary according to your personal needs and course of study. Visit the Financial Aid website to see an estimated cost of attendance for a typical student to attend Texas A&M University in either a graduate program or a professional program. Please refer to Student Business Services for detailed and updated information on tuition and fees.

On this page: Prospective Graduate Students | Current Graduate Students

Prospective Graduate Students

Texas A&M University offers many financial aid options to help you pay for college costs. Visit the Scholarships & Financial Aid website to learn about applying for financial assistance, costs, types of aid and more.

Graduate Assistantships

There are three types of graduate assistantships available through the academic departments, colleges, TAMUS agencies and administrative offices:

  • Teaching (GAT)
  • Research (GAR)
  • Non-teaching activities (GANT)

Most of these positions require employment of 20 hours per week. Although individual colleges may have higher requirements, graduate students holding assistantships must be registered full-time. Reference the GA registration requirements page for specific enrollment requirements based on title and term. Assistantships terminate upon failure to maintain the minimum enrollment requirement. Students serving in these roles are eligible for insurance benefits. Non-resident students may also qualify to pay tuition and fees at the in-state rate. The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Graduate Council enforces guidelines for employing graduate students at greater than a 50% effort.

For more detailed information on graduate student assistantship requirements, check the Graduate Catalog or directly contact your department head, chair of the intercollegiate faculty, or your graduate advisor.  Visit the Jobs for Aggies website to learn more about assistantships and general student employment opportunities.

Fellowships

Ordinarily, graduate students holding fellowships are not required to perform any services.  Although individual colleges may have higher requirements, graduate students holding fellowships must register for a minimum of nine semester credit hours during a fall or spring semester, or for six credit hours during the summer. Many competitive fellowships of $1,000 or greater per academic year also allow students to pay tuition at the in-state rate. Fellowships packages vary from $1,000 to over $30,000, and some include funds for insurance, tuition, and fees.

Faculty Nominated

Some fellowships are given by faculty nomination only. TAMU faculty in the departments make nominations to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS), and the selection criteria and committees, review processes and funding amounts are different for each fellowship. Click the links below for more information about requirements and application.

 

Externally Funded

Graduate students may also apply for a number of externally funded fellowships. These fellowships are not processed by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies. Please view the following links for more information about the available fellowships.

Grants

Federal Teach Grant

The Federal TEACH (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education) Grant Program funds students who plan to teach in high-need fields at the secondary or elementary level. Click here for details 

Texas Aggie Graduate Grant

This is a need-based grant (need is determined by Student Financial Aid) for graduate students who are Texas residents. Click here for information or to apply.

Texas Public Education Grant

The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is a need-based award (determined by FAFSA/TASFA applications) funded by the State of Texas. Funding is limited, so not all students who are eligible receive TPEG. Click here for more information. 

International Texas Public Education Grant

The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is a program administered by the State of Texas to provide assistance to international students with financial need, seeking a first bachelor's degree, graduate degree or professional degree. For information or to apply, click here
 

International Student Funding

International students may qualify for financial assistance such as loans, scholarships and assistantships. Visit the International Student Services website for information on financial resources.

Sponsors

Some international students have all or part of their educational expenses paid from a source other than personal and/or family funds or from a Texas A&M assistantship. These students may have made agreements with a sponsor regarding their educational objectives that is the result of an agreement between agencies, governments, organizations (both international and domestic) and/or companies (both public and private).
In most cases, these agreements require special coordination and certification by Texas A&M. Students participating in sponsored programs should contact the Sponsored Student Programs Office early in the admissions process.

 

Current Graduate Students

Texas A&M University offers many financial aid options to help you pay for college costs. Visit the Scholarships & Financial Aid website to learn about applying for financial assistance, costs, types of aid and more.

Grants

Federal Teach Grant

The Federal TEACH (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education) Grant Program funds students who plan to teach in high-need fields at the secondary or elementary level. Click here for details 

Texas Aggie Graduate Grant

This is a need-based grant (need is determined by Student Financial Aid) for graduate students who are Texas residents. Click here for information or to apply.

Texas Public Education Grant

The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is a need-based award (determined by FAFSA/TASFA applications) funded by the State of Texas. Funding is limited, so not all students who are eligible receive TPEG. Click here for more information. 

International Texas Public Education Grant]

The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is a program administered by the State of Texas to provide assistance to international students with financial need, seeking a first bachelor's degree, graduate degree or professional degree. For information or to apply, click here

Emergency Aid

Experiencing unexpected financial hardship? If so, you may qualify for Emergency Aid through the Financial Aid Office.
 
Of course, you can apply for funding by filling out a financial aid application and/or a scholarship application through the Financial Aid Office. The office processes these applications, then may offer scholarships, grants, loans and/or work study for domestic and international graduate students. But you can also get support if you are experiencing unexpected financial hardship. You can apply for Emergency Aid, Short-Term Loans, or the Emergency Tuition and Fees Loan. You may also request an adjustment to your FAFSA if you or your family has experienced a change in financial status. Additionally, you can find links for Texas A&M’s Student Assistance Services for help addressing personal or academic expenses, as well as links to 211 Texas, Government Assistance Programs, and Food Resources.
 
Visit the Financial Aid Office Website for details.


Graduate Assistantships

There are four types of graduate assistantships available through the academic departments, colleges, TAMUS agencies, and administrative offices.

  • Non-teaching activities (GANT)

  • Research (GAR)

  • Teaching (GAT)

  • Lecturer (GAL)

Most of these positions require service of 20 hours per week. Although individual colleges may have higher requirements, graduate students holding assistantships must be registered full time. Reference the GA registration requirements page for specific enrollment requirements based on title and term. The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies has also developed Graduate Assistant Position Requirements/Benefits table and a Graduate Assistant Position Checklist to guide departmental staff in selecting the proper position.

Assistantships terminate upon failure to maintain the minimum enrollment requirement. Students serving in these roles are eligible for insurance benefits and may pay tuition and fees at the in-state rate. The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Graduate Council enforces guidelines for employing graduate students at greater than a 50% effort.

For more detailed information on graduate student assistantship requirements, check the Graduate Catalog or directly contact your department head, chair of the intercollegiate faculty, or your graduate advisor. Visit the Jobs for Aggies website to learn more about assistantships and general student employment opportunities.

For information on tuition waivers, click here.
For information on tuition payments, click here.

Fellowships

Ordinarily, graduate students holding fellowships are not required to perform any services.  Although individual colleges may have higher requirements, graduate students holding fellowships must register for a minimum of nine semester credit hours during a fall or spring semester, or for six credit hours during the summer. Many competitive fellowships of $1,000 or greater per academic year also allow students to pay tuition at the in-state rate. Fellowships packages vary from $1,000 to over $30,000, and some do include funds for insurance, tuition, and fees.

Externally Funded

Graduate students may also apply for a number of externally funded fellowships. These fellowships are not processed by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies. Please view the following links for more information about the available fellowships.

TAMU Fellowships

The Texas A&M University Office of Graduate and Professional Studies offers one fellowship to current doctoral students who are in the final stages of analyzing their research topic and writing their dissertation. Please view the following link for more for more information on this fellowship.

Award Programs

The Texas A&M University Office of Graduate and Professional Studies annually presents four awards to graduate students who have excelled academically, as student leaders, and have a had a positive impact on the Texas A&M University Graduate Community. Click the links below to view nomination information and past award recipients.

The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies annually recognizes dissertations that have
made a significant, impactful contribution to their discipline.

OGAPS Graduate Student Travel Awards

The Graduate Student Travel Award Program is supported by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. The purpose of the program is to support graduate student's domestic and international travel related to conferences, academic presentations, research projects, and internships by reimbursing eligible expenses.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

This national fellowship provides funding from the U.S. Department of State for graduate students to pursue research, study, and teaching opportunities abroad. Click here for more information on the program. 

International Student Funding

International students may qualify for financial assistance such as loans, scholarships, and assistantships. Visit the International Student Services website for information on financial resources.

Sponsors

Some international students have all or part of their educational expenses paid from a source other than personal and/or family funds or from a Texas A&M assistantship. These students may have made agreements with a sponsor regarding their educational objectives that is the result of an agreement between agencies, governments, organizations (both international and domestic) and/or companies (both public and private).

In most cases, these agreements require special coordination and certification by Texas A&M. Students participating in sponsored programs should contact the Sponsored Student Programs Office early in the admissions process.

 


 

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