Types of Aid for Graduate Students
Federal financial aid
Most of our graduate students qualify for some form of financial aid. A great place to start is by filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
With more than 25 graduate student scholarships, we're all about rewarding hard work. Many are endowments created by individuals, organizations, and corporations to support students just like you in their efforts to achieve advanced degrees.
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Graduate assistant (GA) position
Graduate assistant positions are employment-related appointments in teaching, research, and/or administrative service. You'll earn extra money while also adding to your résumé! Your responsibilities may vary depending on the department’s needs and the experience and your qualifications.
A full-time GA requires approximately 20 hours of work per week (including the summer semester); a half-time GA requires about 10 hours weekly.
Earnings from a GA position are not counted as financial aid for purposes of qualifying for Guaranteed Student Loans. However, graduate assistant earnings are considered employment resources to apply against the need for other financial aid programs. If you're interested in a GA position, contact your program's departments for assistantship availability, application requirements, and application deadlines.
Merit and other awards
If you're from out-of-state, Ontario, Canada, or have a parent or grandparent who earned their degree from CMU, you may qualify for our merit and other awards.
Work where you study. As a graduate student, there are multiple types of on-campus employment.