College of Graduate Studies at Middle Tennessee State University

Financing Your Graduate Education

One of the primary concerns of persons contemplating enrollment in a graduate degree program is how to finance this next step in their education. MTSU is committed to assisting students find the financial resources to make graduate study possible.

A number of sources of financial assistance are available to graduate students at Middle Tennessee State University including: assistantships, fellowships, on and off campus employment and loans.

NOTE: Non-Degree Seeking students are ineligible for financial aid.

Graduate Assistantships

Middle Tennessee State University offers three types of graduate assistantships. Depending on the degree level, the field of study and length of appointment these awards provide stipends ranging from $6,500 to $18,000. Graduate Assistantships also carry a waiver of in-state and out-of-state tuition. Only fully admitted graduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or better are eligible to hold graduate assistantships (unless an exception is granted by the graduate dean).

Graduate Teaching Assistants may work with students in a variety of ways including as the primary instructor of a course.

Graduate Research Assistants may be appointed by a department with Graduate School funding or by the principal investigator of an externally funded research project. In these positions the student may be responsible for a wide range of duties such as data collection, laboratory or library work, etc.

Graduate Assistants may be employed by a wide variety of departments (Academic and Administrative) to perform duties that are not research or teaching related. These duties may include clinical, administrative or clerical responsibilities.

Graduate Studies Scholarships

The College of Graduate Studies administers a limited number of scholarships. Applications and Information

Federal Work Study

Work study is funded from federal and institutional resources and allows eligible students to earn part of their educational expenses by working part-time. The university has a limited amount of funds from this program and students must meet the eligibility criteria in order to receive funds.

Grants and Loans

Federal Perkins Loans are provided jointly from the university and the federal government to allow students with financial need to borrow long-term, low interest funds. For graduate students the total aggregate amount (including undergraduate loans) is $40,000. The Financial Aid Office awards these loans.

Federal Stafford Student Loans (FSL) are available to students who are attending MTSU on at least a half-time basis and who are registered for credit courses leading to a degree. For the 2012-2013 academic year there are only "unsubsidized" FSL loans.

Private scholarships are available through free scholarship search Websites including www.fastweb.com

Alternative Financing Options

A Deferred Payment Plan is offered as an option to students who cannot pay their bill in full at registration Contact the Business Office for further information.

Payment by credit card is also available through the Business Office.

For Further Information Contact:

Office of Financial Aid
218 Cope Administration Building
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 898-2830