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Fellowships and Financial Services Office
As a major center for graduate study, UCLA offers its qualified graduate students substantial support through several types of financial assistance.
Information on available funding for entering (and reentering) students is included in the online Application for Graduate Admission. Continuing graduate students should complete the online Fellowship Application for Continuing Graduate Students. Completed fellowship applications must be returned to the home department by the published deadlines. Some departments have earlier deadlines; consult the Graduate Division website at http://grad.ucla.edu for details.
Financial Support for Entering Graduate Students and Graduate Student Financial Support for Continuing Students describe the full range of financial assistance available. They are revised annually and made available at the Graduate Division’s website. Students should contact their department for more detailed information.
The University administers several awards on the basis of scholarly achievement. Most awards are available in open competition, though some are restricted to new students or to specific departments. Some fellowship and scholarship awards are made from University funds; others are made from endowment funds held in trust by the University and given by interested friends and alumni. Still others come from annual donations by educational foundations, industry, government, and individual benefactors.
Most fellowship, traineeship, and grant awards are for one academic year (three terms). Fellowships and grants provide stipends in varying amounts for qualified students. Nonresident tuition fellowships cover the nonresident supplemental tuition, for periods of one to three terms, of selected graduate students who are not California residents.
Academic apprenticeships train qualified students for careers in teaching and research, and compensate them for their services. Teaching assistantships provide experience in teaching undergraduates, with faculty supervision. (Teaching assistants, associates, and fellows are eligible to receive partial payment at the beginning of the term in the form of an interest-free advance loan check. Interested students should apply to their departments.) Graduate student researcher appointments give students experience working on faculty-supervised research projects.
Awards Based on Financial Need
Because the cost of a graduate education may present a financial hardship, students who require assistance in meeting educational costs are encouraged to apply for aid based on their financial need. Need is defined as the difference between allowable school-related expenses and financial resources. Financial aid applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The priority filing deadline is March 2. Some awards, such as university grants, are subject to availability of funding. Students who complete the FAFSA by March 2 should also make sure that any additional requested documentation is submitted to the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.
Students who need financial aid for Summer Sessions must submit a Summer Aid Application in addition to FAFSA. Summer applications are available at http://www.fao.ucla.edu beginning April 1 and should be filed by April 30 for on-time consideration.
Financial aid is also available to UCLA students enrolled in Summer Travel, Summer Institutes, or UC cross-campus Summer Sessions. See http://www.fao.ucla.edu for applications and deadline information.
Financial aid awards include work-study and low-interest loans. Students are usually awarded a financial aid package that is a combination of these forms of assistance. Further information is available from the Financial Aid Office, A129J Murphy Hall or at http://www.fao.ucla.edu.
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