Assistantships, fellowships and scholarships

The majority of PhD students are supported with fellowships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships or some combination of these funding sources.

Funding is dependent on your department. Scholarships and assistantships may be available, however, award amounts and availability will vary by program.

Loans, work-study and student employment

CU Boulder financial aid office administers a variety of financial aid programs for graduate students, including the federal direct loan, graduate PLUS loan programs and the federal work-study program.

Although international students are not eligible for federal need based aid programs, they may receive scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships and can seek other on campus employment opportunities.

Students are encouraged to apply for fellowships or grants from national, international, industrial or foundation sources.

ROTC and US Military veterans should contact the Office of Veteran Services to determine how their GI benefits will be coordinated with their financial aid.

Payment Plans

Tuition and fees can be paid over the course of each semester by enrolling in optional payment plans.