Funding Your Graduate Studies


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Teaching assistantships, research assistantships, fellowships, and loans provide the most common forms of support for graduate students. You should contact the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in your program of interest to find out what assistantships or fellowships are available through the program. You may be asked to submit this Application for Graduate Assistantship, but check with your program first, as they may have a different form.

Graduate assistants holding appointments as teaching assistants, research assistants, or administrative fellows may be eligible for tuition benefits, resident rate privileges, and the Graduate Assistant Health Plan, depending on the percentage of their appointment. See our Graduate Assistant Employment Information page for more details.

Graduate students are also eligible to apply for financial aid, primarily loans, to help pay for graduate school. For more information, visit the following UMD OneStop pages:

The Graduate School also maintains lists of University-wide funding opportunities, and external funding opportunities. Please note, except for graduate assistantships, many US scholarship, grant, fellowship, and loan programs are not open to international students.