Merit-based financial awards are determined by department and include tuition scholarships, fellowships, and various forms of assistantships and employment opportunities. There is no separate application for merit-based awards; however, applicants are asked on the online application to briefly describe their qualifications for some of these awards. Interviews may be required for students under consideration for merit-based financial support. Your complete application package is carefully evaluated during the award process. If you are applying for a graduate award, we urge you to submit your complete admission application as early as possible. International students are eligible for many of our merit-based awards.
Applicants to our M.F.A. program in design are awarded tuition scholarships. These awards support graduate education for students with superior qualifications. Tuition scholarships are awarded at varying levels.
Assistantships are instrumental in providing teaching, administrative, and research support for the University. Teaching assistantships provide students with excellent opportunities to teach and work closely with faculty to prepare for the professoriate. Our nationally recognized TA Program helps graduate students prepare to be successful as students, scholars, teachers, advisors, and role models in their teaching assistant positions. The orientation and ongoing professional development activities sponsored by the Graduate School enable teaching assistants and teaching associates to enhance their teaching skills and provide opportunities for rich, multidisciplinary conversations about teaching and graduate study.
VPA Graduate Fellowship
This award supports graduate education for those with truly outstanding qualifications and the potential to make significant contributions in their future professional or scholarly endeavors. The college nominates two students each year for the University fellowship, which consists of a stipend and full tuition scholarship. The deadline for this fellowship is the same as the regular deadline.
Inquiries about need-based aid should be directed to the University’s Office of Financial Aid.
Prospective students may also conduct a search for private/government support. The Graduate School's website also provides information on other funding opportunities.
Cost of Attendance
Please refer to the Office of Financial Aid’s website for the cost of attendance.