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Fellowships and Assistantships

Below is information concerning graduate/professional student scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships.

Graduate students may be hired as teaching, research or non-teaching assistants and work an average of twenty hours per week. The Student Employment Office posts assistantship opportunities via Jobs for Aggies.

If you are a graduate student interested in acquiring an assistantship, you should contact your graduate advisor for help. Teaching and research graduate assistants are paid monthly. Non-teaching graduate assistants are paid bi-weekly for hours worked. You should contact your hiring departments regarding fringe benefits. International Students are subject to paying taxes for assistantships or fellowships funding. Please contact International Student Services or Payroll Services for more information or visit,

Assistantships are not counted as a resource to your financial aid package.

Many different fellowships are available through departments, colleges, and the Office of Graduate Studies. Ordinarily, graduate students holding fellowships are not required to perform any services. Many competitive fellowships of $1,000 or greater per academic year also allow students to pay tuition at the in-state rate. Fellowships packages vary from $1,000 to over $30,000 and some do include funds for insurance and tuition and fees.

Scholarships & Financial Aid’s role for fellowships is to ensure that they are counted as a resource towards a student’s financial aid packet. Fellowships can be lump sum (One Payment) or monthly (which are monthly payments) in a semester. It depends on the Department or College to determine which way a fellowship is to be paid. Scholarships & Financial Aid sets fellowship payment dates annually according to the semester. These dates cannot be changed due to how funds are to be disbursed in Scholarships & Financial Aid.

You can locate dates on disbursement of Fellowships on the Important Dates page, or by clicking the Disbursement Dates link below.

Fellowships need to be awarded to a student’s account before July 1 for the following academic year. This will allow Scholarships & Financial Aid time to review each students account to ensure the fellowship will not have an impact on their other aid. If you were to add an award after July 1 then it will affect their financial aid and we may have to send back funds, such as loans, reduce aid.

Fellowships, as mentioned before, are usually a stipend given to a student to assist with living and educationally related expenses. The fellowship will be posted to the students billing account and pay any tuition and/or fees that is owed by the student. Scholarships are lump sum payments and are an award given to a student based on his/her performance on a scholarship application or financial need. For more information on a fellowship you can visit

Fall 2017
August 22, 2017 (for September stipend)
September 23, 2017 (for October stipend)
October 24, 2017 (for November stipend)
November 18, 2017 (for December stipend)
December 20, 2017 (for January 2018 stipend)*
Spring 2018
January 23, 2018 (for February stipend)
February 22, 2018 (for March stipend)
March 24, 2018 (for April stipend)
April 24, 2018 (for May stipend)
*The December payment is your January stipend. Budget your funding accordingly. In most cases your stipend should be available by the first of each month. 

The colleges at Texas A&M University offer generous scholarships for incoming freshmen, current students and transfer students. Scholarships are awarded on a variety of factors, including academic merit, financial need, choice of major, leadership activities and more. Application procedures and deadlines vary in each college.

Click on your college below to learn about scholarship opportunities within your college.

Note: Call your college’s main office to ask if there are any additional scholarships for which you can apply in your college or department. You can click here for College/Department contacts.
To apply for most scholarships available to international students (exclusive of Texas-Mexico and Good Neighbor scholarships), go to the University Scholarship Application page and click on the International Student Services link.

Below is information concerning International/SB 1528 student services and non-resident tuition waivers.
International Student Services
The International Programs Office at Texas A&M University offers invaluable resources for international students, including information regarding financial resources, employment, health insurance and more.

For detailed information regarding International Student Services' financial resources, please access
Helpful Links
Financial Aid for International Students
Non-Resident Tuition Waiver
Texas A&M College/Department Scholarship Contacts
International Student Services

Note: As an International student, you may qualify for a few programs depending upon your visa status. For the 2017-2018 academic year, you may submit the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA). The priority date to submit the ISFAA is May 1. Completion of the ISFAA does not guarantee that aid will be awarded.  With a U.S. co-signer, you may also be eligible to apply for an Alternative Student Loan.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Graduate Scholarship Program provides generous scholarships of up to $50,000 per year for up to six years to students pursuing a graduate degree. Recipients must have financial need and must have graduated with their undergraduate degree within the past five years.

For more information, please visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.

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