Funding and Graduate Employment

Many avenues of support are available to help fund your graduate education at the University of Oregon. Graduate Employee positions span from teaching to research to administrative assistantships. Additional scholarships, fellowships, and awards are offered by the UO and through external funding organizations. Now is a good time to start exploring all the options! 

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Cost of Attendance

Tuition rates and fees assessed for graduate students will vary based on the school and program, the student’s residency status, and the number of credits for which they are enrolled in a given term.

Estimate Your Tuition and Fees

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Graduate Employment

Graduate Employee (GE) is the term used at the UO for teaching, research, and administrative graduate assistantships.

Our GEs receive a competitive compensation package that includes a monthly salary, full-time tuition waiver, mandatory fees subsidy, health insurance premium coverage, and subsidized health insurance premium coverage for dependents. All GEs at the UO receive labor union representation.

Graduate Employment

1,400
Graduate students awarded GE positions each term 
$45M
GE support awarded annually by UO 
83%
doctoral students supported through GE positions
$2M+
fellowships and awards annually

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards 

The Graduate School administers a range of annual fellowships and research awards for graduate students. Additional fellowships and awards are available from other departments, units, and research centers throughout the University of Oregon. We also can help connect you with a variety of support opportunities offered by agencies and entities outside the UO.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards

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Loans and Financial Aid

Various financial aid options are available to help fund graduate studies at the University of Oregon. For domestic students, the options include unsubsidized federal student loans and credit-based loans that may cover up to the full cost of attendance. In most cases, you must complete a FAFSA form to be considered for student loans. Loans are administered through the Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Financial Aid

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Special “Opps” Travel Award

The Special Opps Travel Award helps graduate students take advantage of special opportunities to advance or present their research. Competitive applications are accepted for travel opportunities that are out of the ordinary (i.e., beyond the standard annual conference presentation.)

Apply for Special Opps Award

Special Assistance Funds

On a case-by-case basis, the Graduate School makes available funds to assist graduate students through periods of temporary financial hardship.Grants are accessible to address qualifying events including medical issues, childcare expenses, or a new child. Students in good academic standing also can apply for short-term, no-interest loans to cover unforeseen educational expenses or a late GE paycheck.

Apply for Special Assistance Funds

Graduate School Programming Support Request

The Graduate School is pleased to consider requests to support programming and events that benefit graduate students.

Requests are due by week 4 of each term.

Submit Programming Support Request

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Campus Jobs

Campus jobs open to graduate students are not limited to GE assistantships. You also may consider seeking employment in a variety of other on-campus positions posted by the Career Center.

Campus Job Opportunities