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Assistantships, Fellowships & Other Funding Opportunities

Assistantships and fellowships can help you pay for your graduate degree while also letting you earn valuable experience for your career.

Find the assistantship and fellowship application forms on our Forms page.

Graduate Assistantships

UL Lafayette awards hundreds of assistantships every year to students admitted to our master’s and doctoral programs. Assistantships—including teaching, research, and administrative assistantships—provide competitive stipends and tuition/fee waivers in exchange for up to 20 hours of work per week in the classroom, research labs, or offices on campus.

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Graduate Fellowships

UL Lafayette offers several competitive fellowships that are awarded on academic merit. Fellowships tend to be the most prestigious form of financial assistance available to graduate students. At UL Lafayette, they typically include a tuition waiver, stipend, and some portion of time that is non-service in nature.

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Teacher Tuition Incentive Program

An initiative of longtime President Ray P. Authement, the UL Lafayette Teacher Tuition Incentive Program assists currently employed K-12 teachers and administrators pursuing graduate studies by providing tuition scholarships to support part-time enrollment.

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McNair Master's Scholar Program

In addition to waiving the application fee, the Graduate School offers tuition and fee waivers on a competitive basis to promising Master’s students who, as an undergraduate student, were participants of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program.

Learn more about support for former McNair scholars >

Robert Elliot May Graduate Resident Tuition Fellowships

The Robert Elliot May Graduate Resident Tuition Fellowship program provides resident (in-state) tuition to new non-resident (out-of-state and international) graduate students. To be eligible for this competitively-awarded fellowship, a student must be a new student admitted to a degree-seeking (master's or doctoral) graduate program in regular admission status. Recipients must maintain continuous full-time enrollment (excluding summer sessions), remain in good academic standing, and make satisfactory progress toward the degree sought. Should a recipient accept a graduate assistantship or other tuition-waiver benefit, the resident tuition fellowship is forfeited. If you're interested in learning more about this resident tuition fellowship opportunity, contact the Graduate School or the Graduate Coordinator of the program to which you've applied.

GSO & SGA Funding

Being successful in graduate school means conducting and presenting research, and that takes money. The Graduate Student Organization and the Student Government Association at UL Lafayette both offer grad students funding to support research and travel.

Financial Aid

Grad students often turn to financial aid and loans to help pay for graduate study. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at UL Lafayette for help with your federal loan application.