Financing Your Graduate Education

 Tips for funding your graduate education at UCA.

1. Tuition and Fees

The first step to funding your graduate education at UCA is determining how much it will cost you to attend. UCA’s Student Accounts office provides the most current information on the tuition and fees for attending UCA.

2. Private Funds

You can fund your graduate education at UCA by paying by semester or year with your own earnings or savings. If you do not have the private funds available to do this, keep reading, you have additional options.

3. Foundation Scholarships

There are relatively few scholarship options available to graduate students. However, the UCA Foundation does have some scholarships for which students can apply. UCA Foundation Scholarships have an application deadline in early March. In addition, many professional fields do have scholarships for students, so it is recommended that you discuss your interest in scholarships with your graduate program director. The program director may be able to point you in the right direction.

4. Graduate Assistantships

Each year, between 10-15% of UCA graduate students are hired across campus as Graduate Assistants. Graduate assistantships usually require students to work 20 hours/week, and the students are paid a semi-monthly stipend for that work. Most graduate assistants assist faculty members with their classes and/or research, but there are other positions on campus such as in the offices of various student services, Housing, Athletics, etc. that are not directly tied to faculty members in a specific department.

5. Financial Aid

The friendly staff in UCA’s Financial Aid office can assist you in finding publicly or privately funded loans for you to borrow for the purposes of attending graduate school. These loans are not gifts and will need to be paid back after you complete your degree.