Department of Higher Education

The University of Mississippi

Financial Aid

In graduate school, financial aid consists primarily of student loans, graduate assistantships, work-study positions, and fellowships.  All students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA.

Loans

To apply for federal loans, you must complete the FAFSA online.

Graduate Assistantships

Most of our full-time doctoral students and some of our master’s students hold graduate assistantships somewhere on campus.  Half-time assistantships have a service commitment of 20 hours/week.  In exchange, they cover fall and spring tuition and provide a stipend, the amount of which varies by site and the level of the graduate student. Quarter-time assistantships have a service commitment of 10 hours/week.  In exchange, they cover 75% of fall and spring tuition and provide a stipend, the amount of which varies by site and the level of the graduate student. Students who hold graduate assistantships may enroll in no more than 9 credits per regular semester. Individuals interested in obtaining an assistantship should contact the Graduate School for more information.

Fellowships

Fellowships include

  • Honors Fellowships at the amount of $1000 per regular semester for master’s students and $1500 per regular semester for doctoral students (for students of exceptional academic accomplishment, defined as undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher or a master’s GPA of 3.75 or higher, verbal GRE of 158 or higher, quantitative GRE of 158 or higher with a verbal GRE of 150 or higher, or writing GRE of 5.0 or higher).
  • Diversity Fellowships with a stipend in the amount of $1000 per semester for master’s students and $1500 per semester for doctoral students (fall and spring) AND a 75% reduction in in-state tuition or 44% reduction in non-resident tuition (available to persons who are members of minority groups [African-American, Hispanic-American and Native American] that have historically been under-represented in graduate education programs).  No application is necessary. Online programs are NOT eligible at this time.
  • Dissertation Fellowship – Available for one semester only to doctoral students who are in the final stages of the dissertation process.  Amount is $6000 for the semester and a tuition reduction.  Nomination is required.
  • Sumners Grant – A graduate student who is a resident of Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Montgomery or Webster County in Mississippi may qualify for the Sumners Grant. The application and eligibility requirements can be found here.

For more information, go to http://gradschool.olemiss.edu/prospective-students/financial-aid-information/

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