How to Pay for Graduate School
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
Teaching & Research
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.
Tuition Payment Options
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.
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
- IRIS: Colorado School of Mines subscribes to this searchable database. It has many government and private funding opportunities. As it is a subscription service your current institution must be a member to search or you must use the computers on the Mines campus. Please read the help file for assistance.
Other Graduate Fellowships
Outside Graduate Fellowships
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Over 70% of full-time graduate students at Mines receive some form of financial assistance from the university.
Office of Graduate Studies
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