Contact your academic department for information about scholarships and funding opportunities available for your program.
Low-interest, long-term loans are awarded on the basis of financial need or the cost of attendance. Types of loans include: Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Graduate Students, and Alternative/Private Loans. Visit the UWF Financial Aid website for more information about the types of loans available, financial aid forms, and steps to apply for financial aid.
It is now time to file your 2015-2016 FAFSA at www.FAFSA.gov. Please file your FAFSA as soon as possible, priority filing date is March 15, 2015. FAFSA UWF Code=003955.
UWF Graduate Grant
The UWF Graduate Grant is an institutional grant awarded by the Financial Aid Office to graduate students with documented need. Awards up to $2000 per academic year (fall and spring) are available to a limited number of graduate students working on a first graduate degree and enrolled at least half-time (6 hours) in graduate level courses.
Graduate Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs offers the Graduate Student Scholarly and Creative Activity Grant. This is a competitive grant for creative and scholarly projects by graduate students in good standing at UWF. The purpose of the Graduate Student Research Awards is for funding to support research required for degree completion, independent projects or for travel for presentation at a conference.
SGA Travel Fund
Graduate students engaged in academic travel may apply for funding through the Student Government Association. As long as there is matching funding through other departments, the SGA may offer up to $500 for an individual applicant and up to $1,500 for groups of 3 or more applying together. See details on the SGA website.
The McNair Scholar website lists various agencies and organizations, both private and governmental, that offer financial support for graduate study. Some of the support opportunities are "full-ride" research fellowships, others are limited-duration research internships, still others provide a set amount of funds for a specific scholarly work. See the McNair Scholar website: http://mcnairscholars.com for each opportunity.
Additional Funding and Financial Resources
Peterson's Scholarship Search Tool: Searchable database of scholarships and grants available for graduate study. Searches can be filtered to match selections that include keywords, degree type, study type, deadlines, eligibility, and availability.
GradSense.org: Online financial tool and resource designed to help graduate students make informed financial decisions about their education and future careers. Based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Education Statistics, GradSense.org was researched, designed and developed by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in collaboration with TIAA-CREF. Along with median debt and income data, the website provides loan repayment advice, spending tips, and career guidance.