Paying for your graduate education can take different forms depending on your field of study. Talk to your graduate program, or the program you are interested in, to learn your options.
The most popular types of graduate funding are:
Other ways to help pay for a graduate education include:
Your success at obtaining funding can depend on your ability to meet deadlines and fill out applications correctly. Lucky for you, as a college graduate, you're good at that. Keep reading to learn more or watch this video to get an overview.
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 administered by the academic departments. Contact your graduate program of interest or your supervising professor directly about GRA/GTA opportunities that might be available.
Fellowships and scholarships for graduate study are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or financial need. Graduate Fellowships at Oregon State 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.