How to Pay for Graduate School

Graduate Education

Graduate education is an investment in your future. We know that understanding how to fund your graduate education is of utmost importance to you.

Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible to help you make wise and informed decisions as you move forward towards your goal of achieving a graduate degree.

Application and Notification Process

Awarding of all fellowships and assistantships is handled by the academic departments in conjunction with the admissions review process. Since competition for financial support is high we encourage you to apply for admission early if you are a new applicant. For the best chances of receiving aid, you should submit a COMPLETE application packet by December 15 for fall admission. Notification of financial awards is usually done at the time of admission notification.

If you have questions regarding a specific award or whether or not funds are still available, please contact the academic department to which you are applying.


Important Info & Links

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Reaseach Assistantships (RA) contracts typically cover one academic year and most are awarded in the Fall.

Research Assistantships allow you an opportunity to do research supported by funds from sponsored projects. The terms of these appointments and the qualifications for them depend on the sponsoring agency and the faculty member.

Teaching Assistantships may be awarded to you to assist in the education of undergraduate students by conducting laboratories and assisting professors. The departments have a limited number of TAs to award: these are normally reserved for full-time degree students who have demonstrated academic excellence. It is a school policy that students with TAs do not have full responsibility for teaching courses.

Graduate Assistantships are awarded to supplement TAs and RAs to pay for your student fees, health insurance, etc. You may also be selected to receive a tuition award through this assistantship.

Additional information can be found on Assistantship Policies page

Tuition Payment Options

Mines offers various tuition payment options. See Payment Options for more details.

Financial Aid

You may be eligible for financial aid as a graduate student. Loans are available for qualified U.S. domestic graduate students. You can find additional information on the financial aid process here: Graduate Financial Aid.

An updated Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted each year for assistance from our Finacial Aid Office.

Below are links to financial aid search engines. The Graduate Office does not endorse any particular service. We encourage the use of any free service available for finding scholarships.

  • FinAid: This free page gives you links to search engines, information on loans, special opportunities for specific types of students, and testing information.
  • FastWeb: FastWEB is a database of private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans.
  • IEFA: International Education Financial Aid website. Aids international students in finding funding for study.
  • GradPrograms: The Graduate Program Guide for students created by students.
  • GoodCall: A free search engine of reputable private scholarships available to students.
  • IBP: Institute for Broadening Participation – Pathways to Science
Other Graduate Fellowships

Outside Graduate Fellowships

OIP – National and International Competitive Scholarships
The Office of Graduate Studies does not endorse any of the following, manage the content, or comment on the following funding providers:
American Concrete Institute
American Association for the Advancement of Science 
American Association of University Women Graduate Fellowships
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
American Indian Graduate Center Graduate Fellowships 
American Indian Science and Engineering Society Scholarships
American Meteorological Society
American Society for Engineering Education Fellowships
American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Fellowships 
American Society of Civil Engineers Fellowships 
American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Loans, Scholarships and Fellowships
American Society of Naval Engineers Scholarship Program
American Statistical Association Scholarships and Awards
Associated General Contractors of America Graduate Scholarships 
Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships 
Association of Energy Engineers Scholarship 
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
Association for Women in Science Educational Foundation Graduate Fellowships
AT&T Labs Internship Program 
Catching the Dream Native American Scholarship Fund
Chemical Heritage Foundation Fellowships
Cherokee Nation Scholarships
Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers Scholarship 
Colorado Business and Professional Women’s Foundation Inc.
Colorado Mountain Club Foundation Fellowships
Colorado Scientific Society Memorial Research Funds (Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry)
Council on Library and Information Resources Fellowships
Daughters of the American Revolution American Indian Scholarship
Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
Department of Homeland Security Scholarship and Fellowship Program
Electrochemical Society Student Fellowships 
Environmental Leadership Program Fellowships 
Environmental Protection Agency Fellowships
Ford Foundation Fellowships 
Foundry Educational Foundation
Geological Society of America Research Grants and Fellowships
Hertz Foundation Fellowship in Applied Physical Sciences 
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Scholarships
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
International Federation of University Women
International Society for Optical Engineering
International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique, and Applications Welch Foundation Scholarship
Japanese American Citizens League National Scholarship and Awards Program 
Latin American Education Foundation
League of United Latin American Citizens National Scholarship Fund
Lindbergh Foundation Grants Program 
Link Fellowship Program (doctoral students) 
Los Alamos National Laboratory Graduate Research Assistant Program 
Mazamas Graduate Student Research Grants
Mineralogical Society of America Awards and Grants 
Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy 
NAACP Scholarship Program 
NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program 
National Academies Fellowships
National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowships 
National Federation for the Blind Student Scholarships 
National Italian American Foundation
National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration Graduate Fellowships
National Physical Science Consortium
National Society of Professional Surveyors Scholarships
National Wildlife Federation Fellowships 
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Educational Opportunities for Grad Students 
Pathways to Science Fellowships MS PhD
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
P.E.O International Peace Scholarship Fund
Ralph W. Shrader Diversity Scholarship
Savannah River Ecology Lab Graduate Research Participation Program
Seeley W. Mudd Memorial Fund Ph.D. Fellowships
Semiconductor Research Corporation Fellowships & Scholarship
Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill Foundation Structural Engineering Traveling Fellowship Program
Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Programs
Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study
Society of Exploration Geophysicists Scholarship Program 
Society of Manufacturing Engineers 
Society of Women Engineers Scholarships 
Structural Engineering Institute O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship 
United Negro College Fund-Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships 
Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarships 
Women Chemists Committee Travel Awards 
Women Transportation Scholarships
World Bank Scholarships and Fellowships 
Yanmar/SAE Scholarship

Additional Resources

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Over 70% of full-time graduate students at Mines receive some form of financial assistance from the university.

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