Funding your education can be challenging for graduate students. In fact, many people do not continue education at a higher level due to perceiving this as a barrier, when in fact there are many ways of securing funds for graduate level studies.
Students in need of financial assistance during their graduate study at the University of Georgia have three possible avenues for funding. The majority of financial aid is provided in the form of graduate assistantships which carry a stipend. Such assistantships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to qualified graduate students and they require part-time teaching, research, or other academic duties defined by their department. Assistantships are normally awarded on a one-third basis or higher. One-third time indicates that the student must work 13 hours per week in the awarding unit, normally their department. Assistantships also require the individual to be enrolled as a full-time student with a course load of at least nine credit hours. Assistantships are awarded either as a Graduate School Assistantship or a Departmental Assistantship. A discussion of the differences in the two are provided below under the Deadlines section.
The second avenue for potential funding includes scholarships and fellowships. Such awards are grant-in-aid to a student and are available to students majoring in a specific area of study. These awards may be based on academic achievement, teaching, or financial need. Scholarships and fellowships originate as sources both internal to the University and external from private and government sponsorships. The third avenue of potential funding is that of awards which emphasize specific areas of study, recognize outstanding research, and acknowledge quality students already in a program.
Applicants wishing to be considered for financial assistance should ensure that their application materials for admission to the Graduate School and their department are completed early, generally by the end of December. The earlier the completion of the application process the more likely the student will be considered for a financial award by their department.
The Graduate School Assistantship competition begins at the end of February and only students who are fully admitted to the department and the Graduate School can be considered. Departmental assistantships are awarded beginning in March. Students who have not completed the application process will not be considered for financial support.
We hope this helps you with your search, and that you don't let financial issues be the reason you can't join us!