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Financial Support

Several types of financial assistance are available to full-time graduate students. Applicants must be admissible to a graduate program, have an outstanding academic record and present favorable recommendations. Students admitted conditionally are not normally eligible for graduate financial assistance until all conditions have been met. Specific financial aid appointments are made by the appropriate academic dean.

In general, assistantships carry either a partial or full tuition grant and a stipend. Fellowships carry stipends and tuition remission. No student may hold both a fellowship and any other assistantship concurrently.

The following appointments are available:

  • Graduate Assistantships provide a partial tuition grant and a stipend, and require at least ten hours of work weekly in the department. These are available in most graduate departments.
  • Teaching or Departmental Assistantships provide tuition and a stipend for the academic year for a one-class-per-semester teaching assignment or equivalent research and/or departmental duties. The maximum assignment is two classes each semester or equivalent research duties. Teaching assistantships are available in several departments. Check with the program of interest for availability.
  • University Fellowships, available in the doctoral programs in Chemistry, English, History, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology, provide tuition grants and a stipend. Appointments vary from 9 to 12 months, depending on the department.
  • Technology Resources Traineeships provide tuition and stipends for an academic year. These appointments require half-time duties in Information Services and are available to graduate students regardless of field or specialization. Summer half-time appointments are available to holders of these traineeships.

Financial Assistance Application Information

Candidates for fall admission who are applicants for merit financial aid must complete all application procedures by March 1st preceding the fall semester they plan to begin study.

General Financial Assistance

Eligibility and Available Awards

Financial aid, including student loans and grants are available for full-time and part-time students with demonstrated financial need. Many of these awards are subsidized by the U.S. Federal Government and therefore are available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. See below for information on loans available for international students.

How To Apply

Applicants can file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) after January 1st of every year at

When To Apply

The FAFSA should be completed as soon as the required income tax information is available. Please note that the FAFSA is processed by the U.S. Federal Government and that processing will take 2-3 weeks before your results will be available to TCU. Priority for some grants is given to students who complete the financial aid application process by May 1st. Applying after that date will not affect the applicant’s loan eligibility.

Special Loans for International Students

Citizens of other countries with a qualified U.S. co-signer may be eligible for private student loans. For information on private education loans, click here.

Special Grants – For Applications –  click here.

Personal/Professional Development Grant Application

Eligibility: Year-round part-time students (enrolled for 8 hours or less) who are at least 22 years of age by the final day of late registration may apply. Student must not exceed income limitations stated on application. May not be combined with other TCU administered aid. Good academic and financial standing at all colleges and universities attended is required. Students receiving this award must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Tandy Grant

Eligibility:  Tandy Corporation employees and their lineal descendants are eligible to be considered.  Employees may be part-time students.  However, descendants must be full-time students.

More detailed information is available through the TCU Financial Aid Office.