Financial Aid Information
The Graduate School administers graduate recruiting fellowships and scholarships (including for academic and inclusivity excellence), dissertation fellowships and Summer Graduate Research assistantships.
The largest source of funds for graduate support is from teaching, research and graduate assistantships offered by academic departments, along with partial tuition and nonresident waivers. For more information, contact your prospective department regarding the availability of such assistantships.
- To view the Estimated Costs of Attendance for Graduate Students, please click HERE
- To view the Estimated Costs of Attendance for Accountancy Graduate Students, please click HERE
- To view the Estimated Costs of Attendance for MBA Graduate Students, please click HERE
- To view the Estimated Costs of Attendance for PMBA Graduate Students, please click HERE
- To view the Estimated Costs of Attendance for Online Graduate Students, please click HERE
- To view the Tuition Estimator, please click HERE
Online programs are NOT eligible for fellowships, scholarships or assistantships at this time.
Graduate students can also apply for external grants, awards and fellowships. These funds can be obtained from national, state and local organizations, foundations and agencies. A few links are provided below.
The last option is obtaining a loan. To apply for federal loans, you must complete a FAFSA form online. For information on student loans, please click HERE. If you have questions pertaining to loans and other forms of financial assistance not noted above, please contact the Financial Aid Office:
Elite Scholars Program
To recruit highly competitive graduate students who are positioned to advance the research mission of the University of Mississippi, the Provost’s Office in partnership with the Graduate School will provide funding for a limited number of Elite Scholars. The Elite Scholars Program is a tool to further elevate our excellent academic programs as they recruit the next generation of leading researchers and professionals to pursue terminal-degrees at UM.
The Elite Scholars Program recognizes outstanding graduate student researchers and increases the value of the stipend associated with a qualifying assistantship for a highly selective group of students. It is expected that Elite Scholars will be students who bring a record of excellence in research and innovation such that they are poised to engage in transformative work while completing their studies at UM.
To be considered, admitted students must be nominated by their department chair or graduate program coordinator.
- Provost’s Elite Scholars
- Annual $10,000 increase in stipend for up to three years
- Three awards available
- Dean’s Elite Scholars
- Annual $5,000 increase in stipend for up to three years
- Four awards available
Please see the Program Announcement and Nomination Form for full details. Online programs are NOT eligible at this time.
Dissertation Fellowship Program
This non service award is designed to assist doctoral students who are in the final stages of the dissertation process. The award is competitive and the Graduate School has a limited number of Dissertation Fellowships available in any given term. Thus, receipt of this award is not guaranteed.
The intent of the Dissertation Fellowship Program is to provide financial assistance to relieve candidates of current service-type responsibilities (teaching, research and/or other related obligations to the university), thereby enabling them to focus on their research analysis and writing. The amount of the award is $6,000 plus a tuition reduction. The time period is one semester and cannot be renewed. Full-time enrollment is required. Any student nominated must be in candidacy and must have a copy of his or her prospectus on file at the Graduate School. Students should be within one year of the completion of their Dissertation. Students are nominated by their department chair who submits a letter of support. Online programs are NOT eligible at this time.
University of Mississippi Recruiting Fellowship and Scholarship Program
The University of Mississippi Graduate School seeks to recruit an outstanding and inclusive student body. To that end, we have established a program to help departments and programs recruit such students to University of Mississippi graduate programs.
To be considered for the funding program, admitted students must be nominated by their department chair or graduate program coordinator. To be eligible for nomination a student must not be enrolled in an on-line program and must satisfy requirements given in either 1 or 2 below:
- Academic Excellence – Demonstrate superior academic achievement by having at least one of the criteria given below. Preference will be given to students who will also be receiving an assistantship from another University source of at least $2500/semester.
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.5
- Master’s degree GPA of 3.75
- Other measure of potential for excellence in graduate study
- Excellence in Inclusivity -Because the University of Mississippi recognizes that benefits accrue to our students when they are part of a diverse community of learners, students may be nominated for the program on the basis that their presence will add diversity to the classroom, department or the campus. The nomination must include information about how the student will add to the diversity of the university community. To be eligible a student must be a US citizen or permanent resident. The program for full-time students who are not working full-time includes a fellowship (1) and a partial tuition scholarship (2). Part-time students and/or students with full-time employment are only eligible for a partial tuition scholarship (3).
- The fellowship is $1,000/semester for 4 semesters for master’s students and $1,500/semester for 8 semesters for MFA and doctoral students. The fellowships are paid during the Fall and Spring Semesters only. To receive this award, must be admitted into a degree program, must be enrolled on the Oxford campus for at least 9 hours of graduate coursework each semester and must not have a full-time job. Requests to extend the award beyond 4 or 8 semesters will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- The tuition scholarship for full-time students (those registered for at least 9 hours of graduate coursework) without a qualifying graduate assistantship is valued at 75 percent of regular graduate tuition and 44 percent of the non-resident fee. The tuition scholarship is available for Fall, Spring and Summer Sessions and not applicable for any intersessions.
- The tuition scholarship for part-time students (those registered for fewer than 9 hours of graduate coursework) is valued at 50 percent of regular graduate tuition and 44 percent of the non-resident fee. The tuition scholarship is available for Fall, Spring and Summer Sessions and not applicable for any intersessions.
Department chairs or graduate program coordinators should submit nominations using a Qualtrics form available from the Graduate School (email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information) as soon as possible and no later than a month prior to the first semester for which the student plans to enroll. The nominations should include information about how the nominee fits the selection criteria as well as what financial support, if any, the department is providing to the student. Nominations will be reviewed by a faculty committee and funding recommendations will be made on a rolling basis.
Please send questions regarding nominations to: email@example.com. Only applicable during Fall, Spring and Summer Sessions. Not applicable to any intersessions. Online programs are NOT eligible at this time.
Summer Graduate Research Assistantship Program
The Summer Graduate Research Assistantship Program provides $3,000 for doctoral and MFA students and $2,500 for master’s students in departments that do not offer a doctoral degree. The Summer Graduate Research Assistantship Program is competitive and awarding of the funding is not guaranteed. The funding is offered during the summer (minimum of 10 weeks of research). The goal is to provide funds to enable promising graduate students to remain on task and on campus in their pursuit of a degree. Students cannot obtain additional university employment during this period. Funds are not renewable.
To be eligible, the student must be a full-time, full-standing student at any stage and in any discipline. Preference will be given to doctoral students who have completed their prospectus. A limited number of assistantships will also be reserved for master’s (thesis option) track students. Online programs are NOT eligible at this time.
Graduate Assistantships or Instructorships
Application for a graduate assistantship/instructorship should be made directly to the academic department in which the applicant will pursue a degree.
Graduate assistantships that require part-time teaching, laboratory assistance, research or other assistance are available in a number of fields and from grant and contracts. Certain academic departments offer graduate instructorships, which involves direct responsibility for teaching one or more courses.
Stipends for graduate assistantships/instructorships vary, depending on the level of the graduate student, the service to be rendered and the time commitment (typically ¼- or ½-time appointments are made). Academic excellence, maturity and teaching or research experience are the main qualifications considered in the appointment of assistants/instructors. In addition to the stipend, graduate assistants/instructors also receive a partial tuition scholarship (75% of regular graduate tuition** for ¼-time appointments and 100% of regular graduate tuition** for ½-time appointments) and receive a full nonresident fee scholarship. Online programs are NOT eligible for the tuition or fee scholarships at this time.
See Financial Aid FAQs for additional details on tuition and fees.
Tuition Scholarships and Nonresident Fee Scholarships
Graduate students who are enrolled full-time and who receive an assistantship are eligible for tuition scholarships according to the following schedule:
|75% Tuition Scholarship**||100% Tuition Scholarship**|
|Work Load||10 hours of work per week (¼-time)||20 hours of work per week (½-time)|
|Minimum Annual Stipenda,b||$2,500 per semester||$5,000 per semester|
|Enrollment Max (as current policy)||13 hrs||13 hrs|
**Accountancy students need to confer with your program regarding fee differential.
**MBA students need to confer with your program regarding fee differential.
a The minimum stipends are calculated using the following specific dates:
Fall semester begins the Thursday before the start of classes and ends the last day of finals.
Spring semester begins the first day of classes and ends the last day of finals.
b Effective July, 2021, units that hire a graduate assistant from the start of the Fall term through the end of the Spring term will be expected to meet the per term minimums without counting the pay between terms (the same is true for other appointments with work extending beyond the single term). To do so with a single appointment running across the two regular terms, the unit will pay a stipend of the same rate for the weeks between the terms as they pay during the regular term. Graduate assistants with an appointment that extends across the regular academic year (which would run from the Thursday before the start of the fall term through the last day of finals in the spring) will require a minimum of $11,250 for a ½-time appointment and $5,625 for a ¼-time appointment. In addition, the minimum 12-month stipend translates to $16,250 for a ½-time appointment and $8,125 for a ¼-time appointment. Essentially, the rate of $5,000 for a 16-week term translates to a minimum stipend of $312.5 per week (for a ½-time appointment) for weeks where the graduate assistant works outside the dates of the Fall or Spring terms (graduate students are not expected to work when the university is closed; if they have to work when the university is closed, the hiring unit shall follow the policy that outlines credit for hours worked while the university is closed). Any unit wishing to pay only the per term assistantship rates should hire graduate assistants separately per term and cannot require the graduate assistant to work between the terms unless the unit completes a separate e-form to address the pay between the terms. Graduate assistants hired for the regular academic year should be aware that they are paid on a schedule that includes work between regular terms. Units should be aware that hiring graduate students on a semester by semester basis results in 2 missed pay periods.
Both the 75% and 100% scholarships include a full non-resident fee scholarship. Online programs are NOT eligible for graduate assistantships at this time.
The UM Institutional SREB Doctoral Fellowship Program
The Graduate School and Academic Departments at the University of Mississippi (UM) sponsor up to six “Institutional SREB Fellowships” per academic year for doctoral students (scholars). The Southern Regional Education Educational Board (SREB) administers this fellowship opportunity through its Doctoral Scholars Program (http://www.sreb.org/page/1074/doctoral_scholars.html).
Departments providing assistantships may nominate scholars to receive this award. If selected the scholar will be eligible for three (3) years of support under this program. Online programs are NOT eligible at this time.
Here is the announcement for Fall 2021 nominations:
To nominate a graduate student for the Doctoral Scholars Program, see below:
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 by clicking here. Online programs are NOT eligible at this time.
The University of Mississippi’s Office of Research & Sponsored Programs subscribes to many databases to assist in grant searching.