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 view the International Student Services Income Tax Presentation.
Assistantships are not counted as a resource to your financial aid package. However, if you receive a tuition exemption in addition to your assistantship the exemption will count towards your financial aid eligibility.
Many different fellowships are available through departments, colleges, and the Graduate and Professional School. 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 since they contribute to educational expenses. Fellowships can be lump sum (One Payment) or monthly (which are monthly payments) in a semester. Departments or Colleges are permitted to determine which way a fellowship is to be paid. Scholarships & Financial Aid establishes fellowship payment dates annually according to the academic calendar. These dates cannot be changed due to how funds are to be disbursed in Scholarships & Financial Aid.
Fellowships must 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 student’s account to ensure the fellowship will not have an impact on other aid. If an award is posted after July 1, then it could affect a student’s financial aid package, and Scholarships & Financial Aid may have to reduce or cancel aid, such as loans and grants.
Fellowships are usually a stipend provided to a student to assist with living and educationally related expenses. Scholarships are lump sum payments and are an award provided to a student based on his/her performance on a scholarship application or financial need.
Scholarships are a great source of funding for your education. We encourage you to apply with organizations and scholarship providers in addition to Texas A&M. Please visit the Scholarships webpage for more information.
Once your FAFSA form or FAFSA correction has been processed, you can get a copy of your SAR by:
logging in to your account on the Federal Student Aid webpage using your FSA ID and selecting the “View or Print your Student Aid Report (SAR)" option near the middle of the “My FAFSA" page; or
contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243; TTY for the deaf or hard of hearing 1-800-730-8913) and requesting a copy be sent to you via U.S. mail (allow 10–14 days for delivery).
As part of the Aggie ACHIEVE program you may be eligible to receive the following types of financial aid. You may review the eligibility requirements for each fund at the provided links.
Federal Pell Grant – Eligibility for this grant is based on your Expected Family Contribution calculated on the FAFSA. Pell will be automatically awarded to you if you meet the eligibility requirements.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant – You must be eligible for Pell in order to receive this grant. Funding is limited, so not all eligible students receive FSEOG. If you are eligible and funding is available, you will be automatically awarded.
Alternative/Private loans – These are loans taken out through private banks. Each loan has a separate application process and eligibility requirements. You may search ELMSelect for more information on available loans.
Federal Work Study – This program may provide funds for students with financial need through Work Study employment opportunities. If you are interested in being reviewed for Work Study eligibility, please contact our office.
Veterans – Aggie ACHIEVE students who are veterans or dependents of veterans may be eligible to receive federal and state veteran benefits. Please visit our Military Education Benefits pages to learn more.
Disability Resources – Additional opportunities for financial assistance maybe found through Disability Resources.
This program was created to encourage certain classroom educational aides to complete full teacher certification by providing need-based exemptions from the payment of tuition and certain mandatory fees at Texas public institutions. This program will be awarded on a first come, first served basis with priority given to a student who has a completed/valid financial aid application on file. Funds for this program are limited.
Be a resident of Texas;
Be registered with Selective Service or be exempt from this requirement (males only);
Have financial need (FAFSA or TASFA)
Have been employed by a public-school district in Texas working full-time in a classroom directly with the students in a teaching capacity as:
an educational aide for at least one school year of the past 5 school years preceding the term or semester for which the student is awarded their initial exemption, or
a substitute teacher for 180 days of the past 5 school years preceding the term or semester for which the student is awarded their initial exemption.
Be enrolled in courses required for teacher certification in one or more areas that the Texas Education Agency has determined be experiencing a critical shortage of teachers at public schools in Texas in accordance with Texas Administrative Code, 21.1083 (6).
The application must be submitted to Scholarships & Financial Aid prior to the fifth-class day of the semester for which you are applying, as this program is limited. A representative will contact you if selected for the exemption.