How to fund your graduate degree
Deciding to pursue graduate education is an important decision. That’s why the Graduate School is committed to assisting prospective and current students with finding ways to fund their education. While the top three ways to receive funding support are through assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships, there are alternative ways to find support whether through loans or other third party sources.
Eligibility for university funding
Several types of awards and assistance are available for new and continuing graduate students at the University of Maine.
All new applicants who wish to be reviewed for awards or other UMaine financial assistance must have submitted and completed a graduate degree application by January 15. Most awards are based on academic performance, requiring at least a 3.0 graduate GPA, rather than financial need.
For more information, please contact the Graduate School or the graduate coordinator in your department of interest.
The University of Maine graduate tuition costs are visible on the Bursar’s Office website. Note: tuition costs are subject to change each academic year.
For new students, we have created an Estimated Graduate Tuition and Fees Calculator to aid in budgeting potential costs. Keep in mind, this is purely an estimate and actual costs will depend on program, residency, and credit load.
What is included in university funding
The minimum award for an academic year position, based on 2020-2021 figures is:
- $16,000 USD for master’s students
- $18,000 USD for doctoral students
Most university funding provides a tuition waiver for 6-9 credit hours per semester.
Students are responsible for covering the fees associated with tuition costs.
UMaine covers up to half of the university health insurance benefit for eligible students (GA/RA/TA and fellows).
How to find open positions & funding opportunities
- CareerLink: instructions on how to use CareerLink.
- Academic programs: check with the graduate coordinator for your program for available financial support.
- Offices on campus (work-study and non-work-study).
- Common offices with work-study positions include, but are not limited to: Office of Admissions, Graduate School, Bodwell Volunteer Center, Student Affairs, International Programs, Student Financial Aid, and Student Employment
- Asking other faculty, staff, and students in areas of interest to you.
Note: the following list does not reflect the all potential open positions or opportunities.
Graduate Assistantship: Advanced Research Computer, Security, and Information Management (ARCSIM)
Graduate Assistantship: Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering
Graduate Assistantship: Maine Autism Institute
Graduate Assistantship: Outreach Coordinator, Community Life
Research Assistant (RA) Positions at The Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies (FIRST)
Graduate Assistantship in the University’s Hackerspace
2021 Summer Dissertation Writing Fellowship