Funding your graduate education can take different forms. Learn your options.

How am I going to pay for this?

How to pay for a graduate education is a major concern for most students. Oregon State and the Graduate School value the contributions our graduate students make to the university as active participants in the creation and discovery of knowledge. We have a strong commitment to supporting your graduate education through a variety of funding opportunities. But 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. Information on this website will help you in your pursuit of answers to your funding questions and needs. 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.

Watch a video about the benefits of graduate education and ways to pay for it. Funding information starts at 19:00.


Grad Info Night Video

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships (GTA/GRA) are the most common form of graduate student support at OSU. Graduate Assistantships are employment-based appointments where students, in exchange for their service, receive a stipend, tuition coverage (known as remission), and an institutional contribution toward mandatory fees and the health insurance program that is available only to Graduate Assistants. Teaching and research assistantships are offered on a competitive basis and are generally administered by the academic departments.

Graduate Assistantships

Fellowships and Scholarships

Fellowships and scholarships for graduate study are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or financial need. Graduate Fellowships at OSU typically provide a stipend and, in some cases, tuition support and a research allowance. Scholarships are generally of lower monetary value, and used to 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. Fellowships and scholarships do not have a commensurate service requirement, and are not employment.

Fellowships and Scholarships

What will my education cost?

Tuition & Fee Schedules are set by Oregon State University and are based on residency status.

OSU Tuition and Fees