Graduate School

The University of Mississippi

Financial Aid Information

The Graduate School administers honors fellowships, dissertation fellowships, diversity fellowships and the 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.

http://www.higheredspace.com/index.php/funding
http://www.fastweb.com/
http://apps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_ss/welcome.jsp
http://www.scholarships.com/
https://universityhq.org/paying-for-college/scholarships/

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:

The University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848
Phone: 800-891-4596
Email: finaid@olemiss.edu

For FAQs on Financial Aid, please click HERE.

 

2020-2021 Elite Scholars Program

To recruit highly competitive graduate students who are positioned to contribute to the research mission of the University of Mississippi, the Provost’s Office, in partnership with the Graduate School, grants a limited number of Elite Scholars awards. These highly selective awards increase the value of the stipend associated with a qualifying assistantship. To be considered, admitted students must be nominated by their department chair or graduate program coordinator. Students must be newly admitted to a doctoral program and have an offer of a half-time graduate research assistantship with an annual stipend of at least $20,000.

  • 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

Continuation of funding for the full three years of the award requires the student to continue to have a half-time (20 hour) graduate research assistantship each year. 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:

  1. 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
    • Verbal GRE score of 158 or higher
    • Quantitative GRE score of 158 or higher and verbal score of 150 or higher
    • Analytical writing GRE score of 5.0 or higher
    • GMAT score of 600 or higher
    • Other measure of potential for excellence in graduate study
  1. 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).

Funding terms:

    • 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.

Selection process:

Department chairs or graduate program coordinators should forward nominations by email to the Graduate School (gradfa@olemiss.edu) 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 nominations to: gradfa@olemiss.edu. 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 percent of regular graduate tuition** for ¼ time appointments and 100 percent of regular graduate tuition** for a ½ time appointment) and receive a full nonresident fee scholarship. Online programs are NOT eligible 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 (25% time) 20 hours of work per week (50% time)
Minimum Annual Stipend $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.

Both the 75% and 100% scholarships include a non-resident fee waiver.  Online programs are NOT eligible 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.

For more information, see below:

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To nominate a graduate student for the Doctoral Scholars Program, see below:

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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 by clicking here. Online programs are NOT eligible at this time.

 

Other Sources

The University of Mississippi’s Office of Research & Sponsored Programs subscribes to many databases to assist in grant searching.

Other listings:
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Federal Grants- all areas available
30 Dissertation Research Fellowships for Doctoral Students
Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students