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How to fund graduate school

There are multiple methods by which graduate and professional students can fund college at the University of Houston.  Graduate funding is available in the form of scholarships, assistantships, grants, work-study, and loan support. In addition, there are numerous external resources available for students to obtain funding for their respective programs.

Scholarships

All domestic students must complete a Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for the scholarships listed below.

  • Graduate Tuition Fellowship

    The Graduate Tuition Fellowship (GTF) is a competitive award program administered by the Graduate School that covers the cost of in-state tuition and mandatory fees for qualified Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), and Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) students. Selections for these fellowships are awarded by each respective college.

    Amount

    Covers the cost of in-state tuition and mandatory fees for full-time enrollment of nine (9) credit hours per term (fall and spring); some amounts may vary by college/department, click the corresponding link below for more information on your college's GTF policies.

    Eligibility

    1. All domestic students must complete a Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    2. Possess an undergraduate degree or its equivalent and be admitted to a Ph.D., DMA, or MFA degree program.
    3. Maintain full-time enrollment (enroll and complete a minimum of nine (9) credit hours during an academic term (fall and spring)).
    4. Minimum academic standing requirements:
      1. Begin doctoral program with a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0.
      2. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
      3. Demonstrate satisfactory progress in course work, and timely progress in completing the degree requirements as defined by the enrolling graduate program. Note: Degree requirements include both course work and thesis/dissertation.

    Click the corresponding link below for more information on your college's GTF policies.

  • UHGS Texas Fund

    The UHGS Texas Fund provides financial assistance for graduate and professional students.

    Amount

    Award eligibility will be based on the cost of in-state tuition and mandatory fees and the number of credit hours a student is enrolled annually (fall and spring). Please note: This award is non-refundable and will be adjusted if the scholarship amount exceeds the actual cost of a student's in-state tuition and mandatory fees.

    • Masters
      • 6 credit hours: up to $7,000
      • 9 credit hours: up to $10,000
      • 12 credit hours: up to $13,000
    • Doctorate
      • 6 credit hours: up to $6,000
      • 9 credit hours: up to $9,000
      • 12 credit hours: up to $11,000
    • Professional
      •  Law
        • JD
          • Up to 15 credit hours: $31,000
        • LLM
          • Up to 13 credit hours: $33,000
      • Optometry
        • OD
          • Up to 21 credit hours: $27,000
      • Pharmacy
        • PharmD
          • Up to 18 credit hours: $23,000

    Eligibility

    1. All domestic students must complete a Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1, 2018.
    2. Residency status must be classified as a Texas resident.
    3. Register for a minimum of six (6) credit hours during an academic term (fall and spring).
      1. Students will be allowed to enroll less than 6 credit hours only during their graduating term; an application to graduate must be on file to receive this award.
    4. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
    5. Demonstrate satisfactory progress in course work, and timely progress in completing the degree requirements as defined by the enrolling graduate program. Note: Degree requirements include both course work and thesis/dissertation.
  • The Presidential and Houston Endowment Fellowship

    The Presidential and Houston Endowment Fellowships were established to assist programs to identify and recruit highly-qualified Ph.D. students. These two-year (Presidential)/five-year (Houston Endowment) fellowships are available to students entering doctoral programs at the University of Houston. Selections for these fellowships are awarded by each respective college.
  • The Graduate School Stella L. Ehrhardt Scholarship

    The Stella L. Ehrhardt Scholarship is a two-year fellowship available to admitted students entering a masters program at the University of Houston.

    Amount

    $1,200 annually (renewable for up to two years), as funds are available. Students who are non-residents or international will also qualify for a non-resident tuition waiver.

    Eligibility

    1. All domestic students must complete a Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    2. Possess an undergraduate degree or its equivalent and be admitted to a masters degree program.
    3. Maintain full-time enrollment (enroll and complete a minimum of nine (9) credit hours during an academic term (fall and spring)).
    4. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
    5. Demonstrate satisfactory progress in course work, and timely progress in completing the degree requirements as defined by the enrolling graduate program. Note: Degree requirements include both course work and thesis/dissertation.
  • The Graduate School Research Incentive Cullen Fund

    The Graduate School Research Incentive Cullen Fund Support students research initiatives at the doctoral level only.

    Amount

    One-time award of up to $1,000.

    Eligibility

    The following minimum requirements must be met to qualify for a Graduate School Research Incentive Cullen Fund:

    • Pursuing a doctorate degree, and not in graduating term
    • GRaSP participant (does not exclude GRaSP winners)
    • Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
    • Full-time enrollment (enroll and complete a minimum of 9 credit hours)

    Application

    • Statement of research focus
    • Explanation of how The Graduate School Research Incentive Cullen Fund will support research (i.e. thesis/dissertation, culminating project and/or field based work)
    • Explain how funds will be used for data collection
    • Attach
      • Budget Sheet
      • Budget narrative detailing costs included on Budget Sheet

    Deliverables

    If selected, applicants must complete the following after research in order to receive funding:

    • Research Dates
    • Follow up report will need to be submitted within 30 days after conclusion of research
  • Cullen Fellowship Travel Grant

    The Cullen Fellowship Travel Grant (CFTG) is a competitive fellowship program established to support graduate student travel to meetings, conferences, performances, and exhibits to showcase their research and scholarly work.  This travel grant program is designed both to enhance professional development opportunities for students and to further promote the status of the University of Houston as a Carnegie-designated Tier One research university.  The Cullen Fellowship Travel Grant is open to all Masters, Doctorate, and Professional studies.

    Doctorate Level:

    Eligibility: The following minimum requirements must be met to qualify for the Cullen Fellowship Travel Grant:

    • The applicant’s work must be accepted to be presented at a competitive meeting, conference, performance, or exhibit.  Only travel to the events with competitive selection criteria for the participants is supported by this travel grant;
    • Event dates must occur after the deadline of the application submission
    • The applicant’s college/department/program has to commit to cover a minimum of 25% of the conference costs.  The Travel Grant will cover up to 75% of the event and travel costs, or up to $750.00, whichever is less.

    Masters Level:

    Eligibility: The following minimum requirements must be met to qualify for the Cullen Fellowship Travel Grant:

    • The applicant’s work must be accepted to be presented at a competitive meeting, conference, performance, or exhibit.  Only travel to the events with competitive selection criteria for the participants is supported by this travel grant;
    • Event dates must occur after the deadline of the application submission
    • The Travel Grant will cover up to $500 of the travel costs.

    Selection Criteria: Due to the limited availability of funds, the applications received for the Cullen Graduate Fellowship Travel Grant will be ranked in the following order:

    • 1st Priority: Presented work will appear in a peer-reviewed publication.
    • 2nd Priority: Presented work will appear in published proceedings of the event.
    • 3rd Priority: Abstract or digest of the presentations will be published or appear online.

    Award Description:  The Cullen Fellowship Travel Grant is a reimbursement award and will reimburse the student upon submission of the deliverables

    Application Procedure: Applicants must submit the following:

    • Cover Sheet
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Abstract, if available (not required)
    • Written description by the applicant of the event detailing the following: event selectivity, what it means to be “invited” to the event, and the applicant’s research that will be presented;
    • Support letter from the applicant’s faculty advisor or graduate chair attesting the following: quality of the work presented, quality/prestige of the event, event selectivity, what it means to be “invited”, and how the event participation is directly related to the applicant’s work at the University of Houston;
    • Conference host letter (scanned copy of paper letter or email is acceptable) with the applicant’s name clearly listed as a presenter or performer to verify the student’s acceptance to participate in the event.

    Deliverables: If selected, applicants must complete the following after travel in order to receive reimbursement:

    • Fully completed paper that was presented at the conference must be submitted within 30 days of returning from travel.
    • Application to the annual UH Graduate School GRaSP for any of the 4 categories:
      • Talks
      • Demonstrations & Performances
      • Posters
      • Publications
    • Final Travel Report

    Application Deadline: Due to the wide-ranging schedules of conferences, there will be a quarterly deadline for Cullen Fellowship Travel Grant applications.  There will be a 3-4 week review period following these deadlines.  Applications must be received by 11:59PM CST on the application submission deadline.

      • Spring 2018: April 1, 2018
        • Travel Dates: December 1, 2017 - May 30, 2018
      • Summer 2018: June 3, 2018
        • Travel Dates: June 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018
      • Fall 2018: September 4, 2018
        • Travel Dates: September 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019
      • Spring 2019: January 6, 2019
        • Travel Dates: February 1, 2019 - May 30, 2019
      • Summer 2019: June 2, 2019
        • Travel Dates: June 1, 2019 - August 31, 2019

    Additional Resources: Traveling abroad? The Learning Abroad office at the University of Houston is officially designated as a U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility by the U.S. Department of State. Their acceptance agents are authorized to facilitate and receive your applications for a U.S. passport book and/or card. Visit the Passport for Coogs website for additional information.

  • Graduate Research and Scholarship Project (GRaSP) - Stella L. Ehrhardt Scholarship

    The Graduate Research and Scholarship Project (GRaSP) event will showcase the rich array of groundbreaking research undertaken by University of Houston graduate students across all disciplines, provide networking opportunities, and celebrate the research, scholarship and creative endeavors of our students. Students will compete within each category to receive a trophy and scholarship award.

    Amount

    • 1st Place: $1,000
    • 2nd Place: $750
    • 3rd Place: $500
    • People’s Choice: $250 (Publications are excluded from this category)

    Eligibility

    The following minimum requirements must be met to qualify for GRaSP:

    • Complete an application for one of the 4 categories before the deadline (Note: Although students can apply for more than one category, they will only be allowed to present in one, unless one of the categories is Publications.)
      • Talks
      • Posters
      • Demonstrations/Performances
      • Publications
    • Attend all trainings and compete on GRaSP Day

    Application

    Visit the GRaSP website for more information on how to apply.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate student assistantships encompass the positions of teaching fellow, teaching assistant, instructional assistant, research assistant, and graduate assistant. Graduate students must meet minimal university requirements to be eligible for a graduate assistantship. For university policies on graduate assistantships, please refer to the graduate catalog.

Work-Study

If you're eligible for financial aid at the University of Houston, your financial aid package could include a work-study* award. Work-study jobs go to students with demonstrated financial need, and most students can work 12 to 20 hours each week during the academic year. This award provides you the opportunity to search and apply for College Work-Study (CWS) jobs through University Career Services' Cougar Pathway.

Visit University Career Services' website For more information on work-study jobs and how to apply

*Any scholarship counts as a financial resource and must be considered when constructing a student award package. Total student aid cannot exceed a student’s cost of attendance. The cost of attendance (COA) is an estimate of what it costs the typical student to attend the University of Houston. Your COA includes tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses. University of Houston awards are subject to change depending on the entire student award package and the students’ COA.

Loan Support

Educational loans come from a variety of sources. The federal government, for example, sponsors several loan programs that offer below-market interest rates and other beneficial features. Other loan options, such as private bank loans, provide valuable help to students who may not qualify for federal loans. Even our own Dean of Students Office offers short-term emergency loans to current students.

Questions? Contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid or visit the loans website for more information.

Financial Aid by College

The following is a list of financial aid segmented by college:
 College of Optometry Financial Aid

College of Optometry

External Scholarships

There are thousands of scholarship opportunities available for nearly every graduate or professional student available through outside sources.  Click your respective college or program to find scholarships that may pertain to you.

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