Financial Aid

The Department offers financial support in the form of teaching assistantships and a limited number of grants, instructorships, and research positions. New students should indicate their interest in receiving financial aid in the application materials due February 20.

Continuing students interested in being considered for additional financial aid should notify the Department by the same deadline and make sure that their files remain up to date.

The Graduate Coordinator will notify students of their aid status as soon as possible. For new students, notifications typically occur in March and April, but can extend to the end of August. Continuing students will be notified sometime between April and August.

The department awards teaching assistantships on a competitive basis.

Assistantships are normally awarded for an academic year (fall and spring); occasionally, assistantships are awarded for a single semester or the summer.

Teaching assistantships include a nine-month salary, medical benefits, and waiver of tuition and fees.

Support is generally continued into the second year, contingent on the student making normal progress in the graduate program and receiving positive evaluations, and on institutional budgeting.

All continuing students wishing to be considered for continued support must request this by the February 20 deadline.

Students who anticipate needing funds for a longer period should begin their search for other support as early as possible. Doctoral students particularly should plan to obtain outside funding through grants or scholarships. Be aware that this can take many months.

For information on financial aid and assistantships, visit The University of Southern Mississippi's financial aid web page as well as the Graduate School.