Graduate Financial Aid & Scholarships
There are various financial aid possibilities available to graduate students who decide
to enroll in the graduate program at Texas Tech University. However, this will not
be effective before one or two semesters after the graduate students join the program.
Four sources of financial support exist in the department:
- Teaching Assistantship
Newly admitted graduate students can apply for TA positions. It should be mentioned that these positions, are in limited number and are mostly awarded to Ph.D. students. These TA positions are very selective and require taking and successfully passing an ITA workshop which is an intensive English course offered by the university at the end of each summer. TA's are expected to work for the department for 20 hours a week and their research for 40 hours a week.
- Research Assistantship
These positions depend on the research activity in the department. Faculty who have funded research projects may need help and offer positions to qualified graduate students to help the project managers complete their projects. Research assistants are offered salaries comparable to teaching assistants. These salaries are in general sufficient for the students to pay for their living expenses and tuition fees.
- Scholarship Opportunities
Various scholarships are available at different levels in the university (COE, graduate school, etc.) Graduate students need to apply for these scholarships individually. Even though the amount of money varies from one type of scholarship to the next, all students are urged to apply as soon as they join the graduate program. An added advantage of these scholarships is that they entitle international as well as non-resident graduate students to benefit from substantially discounted tuition fees.
- Part-time Jobs
Finally, numerous part-time job opportunities exist on campus and outside. The fast growing City of Lubbock allows for many part-time job opportunities in various fields.