Funding for Graduate Students

Graduate students may apply for Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans. Qualified graduate students pursuing masters or doctoral degrees may also apply for fellowships, assistantships and other awards offered through individual colleges and the Graduate School. Graduate fellowships, grants, tuition benefits, tuition waivers, or health benefits must count as resources for students who apply for financial aid. Therefore, federal loan and work eligibility may be reduced if graduate benefits are received. Contact the Graduate School or your particular graduate department for more information about graduate aid.

Graduate students are not eligible for federal and institutional grant funds. If your tuition is not paid through an outside source (such as the GSSP) you may be eligible for a small grant to assist with tuition. You will automatically be considered for this grant by completing the FAFSA.


Prospective and current students wishing to be considered for fellowship and grant opportunities should contact Dr. David Shafer, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School. Please note that some fellowship programs require students to submit GRE scores to be considered for awards.

Outside Scholarships:

Seeking an Outside Scholarship?

  • Review our Outside Scholarship Search Tips to aid in your scholarship search.
  • Search Fastweb‘s free scholarship search engine that includes more than 400,000
    scholarships worth more than $1 billion
  • NC residents are encouraged to search for scholarships at NC State Education Assistance
    . In addition, there are a number of community foundations serving the
    residents of North Carolina. Students are encouraged to search foundation sites for

Receiving an Outside Scholarship?

  • Inform the Office of Scholarship & Financial Aid as soon as you are offered a scholarship by completing the Scholarship Notification E-Form. Please visit MyPack Portal and select the Awards tab to submit scholarship information. Please read the Important Information for Student and Scholarship Donor to assist with questions you or your donor may have.

Minority Scholarships:

  • NC State encourages students to search for private scholarships offered by agencies not affiliated with the university.