How am I going to pay for this?

It's a major concern for most people pursuing a graduate education. OSU and the Graduate School value the contributions our graduate students make to the university as active participants in the creation and discovery of knowledge, and we have a strong commitment to supporting your graduate education through a variety of funding opportunities. But often the money won't just come to you. Luckily, the very skills and abilities that fuel your graduate pursuits will aid your search for funding: creativity, intellectual passion, thorough research, and good communication skills. The first step in the funding process is to educate yourself about the different types of funding available, application procedures, and deadlines. As you explore these pages, keep in mind that your academic department is your primary resource for many of the programs described here and many more opportunities that are unique to your field.

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Teaching and Research Assistantships

This is the most common form of student support. Graduate assistantships are employment-based appointments where students, in exchange for their service, receive a stipend, tuition remission, and an institutional contribution toward the health insurance program available only to graduate assistants. Teaching and research assistantships are offered on a competitive basis and are generally administered by the academic departments. 

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Graduate Assistantships,
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Fellowships and Scholarships

Fellowships and scholarships for graduate study are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or financial need. Fellowships usually provide a stipend and, in some cases, tuition support and a research allowance. Scholarships usually cover direct educational expenses, such as tuition and fees. Some fellowships and scholarships are awarded institutionally, either by the Graduate School or by an academic college, department committee, or graduate program, while others are awarded by external agencies such as the National Science Foundation.

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Fellowships and Scholarships

Tuition Support Programs

The Graduate School also offers several tuition support programs. These scholarship awards are provided on a competitive basis to students who are not funded under a graduate assistantship. Students may not apply directly for this support, but must be nominated by their academic program. These scholarships provide full or partial tuition to recipients according to the guidelines for each tuition support program.

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Graduate School Tuition Support Programs

Student Employment

Career Services at OSU can help you locate part-time, student hourly wage employment on and off campus. Visit the Career Services website to begin your job search.

Mandatory Health Insurance

OSU offers mandatory health insurance coverage for select graduate fellows that meet specific eligibility criteria.

What will my education cost?

Tuition & Fee Schedules are set by the Oregon University System and are based on residency status. Find out more at the OSU Tuition and Fees Website.