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.
How to fund your graduate degree
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.
Please note that graduate assistants are not normally allowed to be employed outside the University of Maine without permission from their graduate program and the Graduate School.
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 2023-2024 figures is:
- $17,000 USD for master’s students
- $20,000 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.
- Completing the Graduate Assistant Position Interest Form. This form is for students who have been admitted to a UMaine graduate program and are interested in employment as a graduate assistant. Completing the form does not guarantee that you will be offered a position, but it allows your information to be shared with many different departments that are looking to hire a graduate student.
University of Maine Career Center- Graduate Assistant Position (2023-2024)
Graduate Assistantship- Division of Lifelong Learning (UMaineOnline)
Graduate School Work Study Assistantship
Financial Services Advisor GA Position
Graduate Assistant for Commuter Events
Ph.D. Position – School of Food and Agriculture
2023-2024 Graduate School Award Recipients Announced