A graduate education is a significant investment in your future. There are financial aid opportunities available for students. The following information describes funding resources that may be useful to your graduate studies.
U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are eligible for a federal Stafford loan of $20,500 for each year of graduate studies. In addition, the federal Grad PLUS loan program covers remaining tuition and living expenses.
Apply for U.S. federal student loans (Stafford and Grad Plus) through FAFSA as early as possible. The loan process takes up to 8 weeks. You can accept all, part or none of the federal loan offered to you.
There is no FAFSA deadline for graduate students; FAFSA deadlines apply only to undergraduate students. The FAFSA code for USF is 001325.
Each graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a limited number of partial scholarships. Program scholarships range from $1,000 to $15,000. All applicants, U.S. and international, are considered for these scholarships at time of admission consideration. A separate application is not required. If you receive a scholarship or teaching/research assistantship, you are notified in your admission letter.
The Biology and Chemistry programs offer full-tuition scholarships to all students. These scholarships do not cover living expenses, books, student health insurance or other non-tuition expenses. Both programs also offer teaching assistantships for most students which help cover living expenses.
USF participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for U.S. veterans. Veteran Affairs determines the number of slots available for each university, and several Yellow Ribbon awards are available each year for graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The university offers a significant number of student jobs on campus. Both U.S. and international students are eligible for student employment and can apply for these jobs once enrolled at the university.
Non-USF Financial Aid
- American Association of University Women - Awarded to women globally for study in the US.
- Chicana/Latina Foundation
- The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund - Awarded to women from developing and middle-income countries.
- PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund - Awarded to non-U.S. citizens in U.S. graduate programs.
- AAUW: International Fellowships for Women
- Aga Khan Foundation
- EducationUSA Scholarship Search
- Ford Foundation
- Fulbright Scholarship Program
- Global Student Loan Corporation (Student Loans)
- Institute for Humane Studies
- International Scholarships Online
- Institute of International Education
- International Student Exchange and Study Abroad Research Center
- Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program
- Rotary International Scholarships
- Botswana Government Scholarships - Contact the Botswana embassy in Washington D.C. at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +1 202 244 4990 (extension 212). Or visit the Botswana government education site.
- Colombia: Colfuturo - Scholarship-Loans for Colombian students.
- Colombia: ICETEX - Government Loans for Colombian students.
- Europe: Open Society Foundations - Find scholarships and fellowships.
- Germany: DAAD German Academic Exchange Service - Awards for German students.
- Kazakhstan: Bolashak International Scholarship - Awards for Kazakh students.
- Latin America: Organization of American States - Awarded by individual country.
- Middle East and North Africa: Soraya Al Salti Scholarship
- Mexico: Becas EducationUSA - Scholarship listing for Mexican students.
- Mexico: COMEXUS - Scholarships for Mexican students.
- Saudi Arabia Government Scholarships - Visit the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission.
- Access Group Loans
- Direct Plus Loans
- Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) - Resource and scholarship list for Undocumented Students
- FinAid for Native Americans - Resources for Native Americans
- Gates Millenium Scholarship - For outstanding students who are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American. Awards are announced in March-May for the upcoming fall enrollment. Scholarships are targeted to these fields: computer science, engineering and sciences.
- National Science Foundation
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness
- Rotary Scholarships
- Soros Fellowships for New Americans - First-generation Americans born in the U.S., Green Card holders, DACA recipients, U.S. refugees/asylees, foreign-born children adopted by U.S. citizens, naturalized U.S. citizens.
- Truman Scholarship Foundation