Funding your education can be challenging for graduate students. In fact, many people do not continue education at a higher level due to perceiving this as a barrier, when in fact there are many ways of securing funds for graduate-level studies.

Students in need of financial assistance during their graduate study at the University of Georgia have three possible avenues for funding. The majority of financial aid is provided in the form of graduate assistantships which carry a stipend. Such assistantships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to qualified graduate students and they require part-time teaching, research, or other academic duties defined by their department. Assistantships are normally awarded on a one-third basis or higher. One-third time indicates that the student must work 13 hours per week in the awarding unit, normally their department. Assistantships also require the individual to be enrolled as a full-time student with a course load of at least twelve graduate credit hours in fall and spring semesters and nine graduate credit hours in summer. Assistantships are awarded either as a Graduate School Assistantship or a Departmental Assistantship.

The second avenue for potential funding includes scholarships and fellowships. Such awards are grant-in-aid to a student and are available to students majoring in a specific area of study. These awards may be based on academic achievement, teaching, or financial need. Scholarships and fellowships originate as sources both internal to the University and external from private and government sponsorships. The third avenue of potential funding is that of awards which emphasize specific areas of study, recognize outstanding research, and acknowledge quality students already in a program.

Deadlines
Applicants wishing to be considered for financial assistance should ensure that their application materials for admission to the Graduate School and their department are completed early, generally by the end of December. The earlier the completion of the application process the more likely the student will be considered for a financial award by their department.

The Graduate School Assistantship competition begins at the end of February and only students who are fully admitted to the department and the Graduate School can be considered. Departmental assistantships are awarded beginning in March. Students who have not completed the application process will not be considered for financial support.

We hope this helps you with your search, and that you don’t let financial issues be the reason you can’t join us!

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Graduate Student Financial Education Program

The Graduate School educates and supports our students to ensure they can manage debt, consider the role of both loans and savings, and develop sound financial management practices while in graduate school. In collaboration with the Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics and the ASPIRE Clinic, we provide financial education seminars and resources to graduate students that:

  • Promote informed financial decision-making
  • Reduce financial stress
  • Support overall wellbeing

Topics Budgeting – Financial Advice for Graduate Students Budgeting lies at the foundation of every financial plan. This workshop covers everything you need to know about creating and maintaining a budget so you can pay off debt and accomplish your short- and long-term financial goals. Budget webinar: https://kaltura.uga.edu/media/t/1_kmxo2pns/110536401 Credit – How to Build an Outstanding Record Credit is the bedrock of most financial exchanges in the American economy. From credit scores and reports, to applying for new credit, this session will cover the building blocks you need to develop and maintain a credit record that will make you a competitive consumer. Credit Webinar:  https://kaltura.uga.edu/media/t/1_wmyt1b0p/110536401 Taxes – How They Work and Why You Should Care Very few people understand the U.S. tax system, yet understanding how taxes work can provide many opportunities for efficient planning and saving. This session will explain the foundational components of the income tax process, and provide strategies for making the most of your income. Taxes webinar: https://kaltura.uga.edu/media/t/1_d2lpffti/110536401 Student Loans – Repayment Plans and Strategies With so many options available for student loan repayment, it can be difficult to sort through everything to identify the best path forward. This session will explore the various repayment options for your student loans and provide strategies for identifying which option will be best for your future. Student loans webinarhttps://kaltura.uga.edu/media/t/0_4oerdt0i/110536401 Employee Benefits – Retirement, Insurance, and Fringe Benefits As part of your overall compensation package, employee benefits present a significant opportunity for additional income and cost savings. In this session, we will provide the tools you need to evaluate an employee benefits package when comparing job offers as well as how to select your specific benefit options once you start the job. Employee benefits webinar: https://kaltura.uga.edu/media/t/1_shzlnb2c/110536401 Investing – How to Begin Preparing For Your Future Saving and investing are crucial components of anyone’s financial plan. Join us for this session to learn why investing is so important, how it works, and how you can start taking steps toward securing your future retirement. Investing webinar: https://kaltura.uga.edu/media/t/1_of66mxe0/110536401 Any graduate student organization or group can request seminars from the above topics. To learn more or to request a workshop, please contact gradfineduc@uga.edu April is Financial Literacy month!!!!!  Please see the April 2019 calendar here.

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Graduate School Recognition Awards

The Graduate School offers the following awards to recognize graduate students and graduate faculty for their accomplishments. Many degree programs within the University of Georgia also offer awards to graduate students within their department. Information regarding these departmental awards may be found by visiting the departmental websites.

Excellence in Research by Graduate Students

(Nomination deadline: 6:00 P.M., November 8, 2019)

This award recognizes outstanding research by graduate students. Five awards of $1,000 are given annually, one from each of the following five areas: Fine Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, and Professional and Applied Studies. Students who graduate in the calendar year prior to the award being presented at the Annual Research Award banquet in the spring are eligible. Each graduate department may nominate one student and recipients are selected by a faculty committee. View previous recipients.

Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students

(Nomination deadline: 5:00 pm, January 24, 2020)

The University recognizes the significant contribution graduate students make to the instructional mission of the University with two separate awards: The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; and the Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by the Graduate School. Nominees for either award must have fulfilled TA Policy, have taught at least once within the last two terms, and be enrolled full-time in the semester of application. For more information, visit the Center for Teaching & Learning. View previous recipients.

Outstanding Graduate Mentoring Award

(Nomination deadline: 6:00 P.M., November 15, 2019)

This award recognizes excellence in a variety of mentoring functions. This award encourages and rewards innovation and effectiveness in mentoring graduate students by faculty during their educational experience. Two awards are given each year to current members of the Graduate Faculty. Awards in Professional/Applied Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences are given even years. Awards in Humanities/Fine & Applied Arts and Life/Physical Sciences are given in odd years. Each award is for $500. Faculty are nominated by graduate students and finalists for the award are asked to submit documentation of their mentoring activities. View previous recipients.

Travel Funding

Doctoral Student International Travel Grants from the Office of the Vice President for Research

Travel grants are for doctoral students who are at an advanced stage in their graduate program and are presenting results of their dissertation findings. Students wishing support for international travel should contact their graduate coordinator in order to submit their request to the Office of the Vice President for Research. Students receiving an invitation to present a paper at a professional meeting within the continental United States may submit a travel request to the Graduate School. Contact the department’s graduate coordinator concerning the guidelines applicable to these travel grants. (See the Office of Research for more information).

Graduate School Student Domestic Travel Funding

A student receiving an invitation to present a paper at a professional meeting within the Continental United States may submit a travel request through the department to the Graduate School. All requests from the department should be submitted at the same time by the requesting department according to the schedule below. The following guidelines will be used in considering all such requests:

First preference will be given to doctoral students or students pursuing the terminal degree in their discipline (MFA or MLA). A request from a master’s student will also be considered.

Applicants should be reporting results of their dissertation or thesis research and should be the primary author of the publication or presentation.

The meeting or conference must be of regional or national importance.

Approval of travel requests will be limited to one trip per student per fiscal year.

The student must possess a minimum GPA of 3.50 based on at least five semesters of full-time graduate study at UGA.

(Fall/Spring 9+ hrs, Summer 6+ hrs)

The student cannot have any grades of Incomplete (I) or unsatisfactory (U).

Funding will not be provided to students employed as instructors or classified employees.

The applicant must be in one of the following categories: (a) registered for full-time graduate study during the semester of his/her travel, (b) doctoral students admitted into candidacy (minimum 3 credit hours), or (c) a thesis-writing master’s student who has satisfactorily completed all required courses (exclusive of 7000 and 7300). If a student is traveling between semesters, he/she must also be in one of these three categories during the semester following travel.

The student must submit: abstract, acceptance and a breakdown of estimated expenses of their travel to their department. The department will review each student to verify if they meet the criteria, then submit all applications to the Graduate School via Grad Status.

The above criteria are minimum for applying for travel funds. Funds are awarded on a rolling basis and only a limited amount of funding is available each semester.

Departmental “match” funding in support of the student’s travel will greatly enhance the student’s chances for Graduate School funding.

Travel Dates Request Deadline
Oct 1-Dec 31, 2019 Sept 6, 2019
Jan 1-March 31, 2020 Dec 6, 2019
April 1-June 30, 2020 March 6, 2020
July 1- Sept 30, 2020 June 5, 2020

The amount of the award will be based on such factors as prevailing costs at the meeting site, distance traveled, whether the meeting is national or regional, and the availability of funds. No student will be reimbursed more than the actual cost of the trip. Please contact Sabrina Woods, 706-542-6244 or sabrinah@uga.edu, if you have any questions.

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