Graduate Students

A graduate student is one who is working on a Master's, Doctorate, Law or Medical degree.  Degree includes:

  • Master's (M.Ed., MA, MS, MST, MAT, MFA, MSN, MSW, MPA, MNM, MAC, MTX)

  • Specialist (Ed.S)

  • Professional (Medicine, Law)

  • Doctorate (Ed.D., PhD, DNP)

Tuition Exemptions received for graduate assistants, teaching assistants and research assistants may reduce financial aid awards and it is the student's responsibility to notify the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) immediately if you will be receiving a tuition exemption, employee reimbursement, or third party payment. Failure to notify the OSFA may result in being billed for previously disbursed financial aid that you were not entitled to.

Financial Aid is based on actual enrollment. It is your responsibility to be aware of the Terms and Conditions of all financial aid awards, including all requirements regarding tuition deferment and aid disbursement.  The credits below are based upon both FALL and SPRING semesters.

FULL TIME ENROLLMENT = 9 or more credits
3/4 TIME ENROLLMENT = 7 - 8 credits
1/2 TIME ENROLLMENT = 5 - 6 credits

  • Graduate students should apply for financial aid by following the same procedures as undergraduates.  Submit your FAFSA early!  The FAU priority deadline is March 1st each year.
  • Graduate students may be eligible for Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Graduate Plus Loans, Fellowships, Assistantships and tuition-reimbursement.  Graduate students are NOT eligible to receive certain grants, such as the PELL, SEOG and FSAG grants.  It is recommended that students investigate the above options in order to cover the cost of their education.
  • Graduate students may qualify for a need-based Florida Atlantic University Graduate Grant (FAUGG) by applying for aid through the FAFSA.  Funds are limited and awarded based on the availability of funds, so early completion of the FAFSA is encouraged.
  • For more information on these opportunities, contact your department or the FAU Graduate College Office.
  • Click here for more information on Fellowships & Awards.

Financial Aid during the SUMMER Terms

Registrations exceeding 15 credits in any semester must be approved in advance by the Graduate College. This procedure is accomplished by completing a Graduate Request to Waive a University Regulation form, available in any College Dean’s office. Students who drop courses during the FALL or SPRING terms, reducing their registration below 9 credits, will be regarded as part-time students.  For more information on enrollment criteria for SUMMER, please visit the Summer Information Bulletin or click here

Financing Graduate Education: 
WONDERING HOW TO PAY FOR GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL? Financial aid options are available to graduate and professional students. Although some funding sources, such as the Federal Pell Grant, are available only for undergraduate study, there is a wide variety of loan and scholarship dollars for graduate study. This guide will give you an overview of the eligibility criteria, sources of assistance, and application processes for obtaining financial aid, as well as resources for debt management.  Click here to access this guide for more information.

GRE Fee Reduction Guidelines

To be eligible for a Free Reduction Certifcate, an applicant must be:

  • U.S. citizen or resident alien, and
  • a college senior receiving financial aid through an undergraduate college in the U.S., a U.S. Territory, or Puerto Rico, or a returning unenrolled college graduate who has applied for financial aid; and either
  • a dependent college senior whose Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR) shows a parental contribution of not more than $1400 for the senior year, or a self-supporting college senior whose ISIR shows a contribution of not more than $1800 for the senior year, or an unenrolled college graduate whose ISIR or Student Aid Report (SAR) indicates self-supporting status and a contribution of not more than $1800.

The Coordinator must complete and sign the certificate and note in the applicant's file that a Fee Reduction Certificate has been issued.  By signing the certificate and affixing the seal or stamp, the Coordinator attests to the applicant's eligibility in accordance with the GRE Board requirements indicated above.

The applicant must mail in the original Fee Reduction Certificate, payment equivalent to 50 percent of the full test fee, and page one of the ISIR or SAR showing the applicant's estimated family contribution with the appropriate registration materials.  Any applicant who is planning to register for a General Test and a Subject Test should mail all registration materials together in one envelope.

Under no circumstances should an applicant be issued multiple Fee Reduction Certificates.  Applicants who register but fail to appear on the test, have lost or misplaced the certificate, or wish to repeat a test, should not be issued another Fee Reduction Certificate.

The GRE Fee Reduction Program is funded by income from GRE test fees.  The GRE Program incurs a cost for every test appointment scheduled or test registration received.  Please inform students not to schedule a test appointment or register for a test unless they are certain they will be able to attend the test session.  The long-range viability of the Fee Reduction Program depends upon effective stewardship of this program.  If you have any questions, please call the GRE Fee Reduction Program at 1-609-771-7092.

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 Last Modified 7/17/14