The Zachry Department of Civil Engineering has numerous opportunities for its graduate students to obtain financial assistance through Assistantships and Fellowships. Unless the applicant has specified in the application that he or she will have external funding, either by a governmental agency or by industry, the Departmental Graduate Advisor assumes each applicant is in need of financial assistance.

Assistantships, Fellowships and Graduate Scholarships

All selections for financial assistance are competitively based but may also be based on the needs of the department and faculty researchers. Students holding assistantships qualify for Texas A&M employee benefits and graduate students holding either a teaching or research assistantship, or a fellowship of $1000 per year qualify for in-state tuition. Additional fellowships are available through the Office of Graduate Studies.

Texas A&M University offers two types of assistantships: teaching (GAT) or research (GAR). These assistantships normally provide a stipend of $1400 to $1600/month, depending on a student's degree status, and also pay the student's tuition and health benefit costs. Fees are not covered by these assistantships.

The department has numerous graduate fellowships from both endowed and departmental funds. For the 2013-2014 school year, over $300,000 is available to our graduate students as fellowships. For students who are not Texas residents, receiving a fellowship of $1000 or more provides them with the additional benefit of reducing their tuition rate to the in-state rate (basically reducing the rate by two-thirds).

Decisions on who to employ as research and teaching assistants, and to whom fellowship funds should be given are made by the faculty. Applicants and students should contact the graduate student advisor in their area of study to indicate their interest in being considered for any of these sources of funding. Assistantships may be awarded at any point while a student is enrolled in the program.

All students holding an assistantship must be registered for a minimum of nine credit hours during the fall and spring semester and six credit hours during the summer semester. This is a University requirement and cannot be waived.

The department also regularly nominates entering students for University fellowships, such as the Association of Former Students Graduate Merit Fellowship. Students interested in these fellowships should contact the graduate student advisor in their area of study. The deadlines for these fellowships should be noted - please make sure your application is submitted by December for consideration. Applicants should also note that these fellowships are given only to students entering in the fall term.

Application Deadlines

To be eligible for all teaching assistantships, research assistantships and fellowships, including merit and diversity fellowships, you must apply by December 15 for admission the following Fall semester. Applications for the fall semester not seeking financial aid will continue to be accepted until April 15 for international applicants, and until July 15 for applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents. To be considered for all teaching assistantships, research assistantships and fellowships you must apply by June 1st for admission the following Spring semester.

All documents have to be received by the deadlines listed above. Documents include official transcripts and records, official test scores from GRE and TOEFL, three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose and your resume or curriculum vitae (optional). If the application fees are not paid your application will not be processed and will not be sent forward for a decision.

International students must meet the International Student Service deadlines for the documents which are require for the processing of their I-20. Failure to meet those deadlines may result in not receiving the I-20 in time for entrance into Texas A&M University.

How much will it cost?

The cost of attendance (COA) is an estimate of what it costs the typical student to attend Texas A&M University. Don’t be startled by the sticker price of a college education. Your cost of attendance (COA) doesn’t just cover your college tuition; it takes into account your basic living expenses. When comparing financial aid packages from other schools, make sure you are comparing the total cost of attending that school, not just the total financial aid awarded. It is important for you to budget and make wise decisions regarding how to utilize the financial aid funds you receive.

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