Finding Funding

Figuring out funding for graduate school can be confusing, but there are a few steps you can take to make the process as simple as possible. 

1. Most of the funding opportunities available to new graduate students are administered by departments, so we encourage you to login to the graduate application to learn about the requirements for programs you are interested in and reaching out to the Director of Graduate Studies,Graduate Advisor, or Graduate Program Staff for those programs. 

  • Some programs automatically consider all applicants for funding through fellowships or assistantships.
  • Some programs have specific deadlines for funding consideration.
  • Some programs require additional application materials to be considered for funding.

The program contact listed in the application requirements will be able to tell you exactly what the funding process looks like for your program. 

2. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some funding applications will require you to have an up-to-date FAFSA. 

3. There are a few discipline specific awards that you might be eligible for. Each of these fellowships has its own application process and requirements which you would complete in addition to your departmental application for graduate study. 

4. You might consider also exploring non-university fellowships offered by businesses, private organizations, and the U.S. government. Some options are listed here, but you can also ask the department you're applying to about outside fellowships their students have received. 

5. Several university offices also have Graduate Assistants. The positions are not department specific and vary in appointment percentage and pay rate, with some offering full tuition, fees, and subsidized insurance. When these positions become available, they are listed on the KU Jobs page, along with other part-time positions that might interest you. 

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