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Paying for Graduate School

As a graduate student, you have many options / resources to help assist you financially through your studies. The Graduate Award Guide is updated annually and is an excellent starting point, but be sure to visit all the links below.

Student Financial Services Office

Students requesting federal funding, will be required to fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each academic school year. It is important to contact the Student Financial Services Office, so that you do not miss out on priority deadlines. It is important to know that undergraduate financial aid and graduate financial aid policies, limitations, and awards may be different. Meet with an advisor, so that you are aware of all of your options. 

UMSL FAFSA Code: 002519

This office can also assist you in understanding your bill, working with you on a payment plan, or answer any other questions that you have you have about paying for your education. Correspondence with the Student Financial Service's Office regarding your bill will be made through student's official email account. Students are now able to see their accounts update in real time online. You will need to login to MyView with your SSO and password.

(Main Menu > Self Service > Student Center > Make a Payment)

Make an Electronic Payment
Tuition and Fees
Billing Schedule
Federal Aid Graduate Checklist


Students may fund their graduate studies through research and teaching assistantships, as well as graduate assistantships. Most assistantships are awarded through individual departments. If you have a question about assistantship opportunities, we suggest reaching out to your advisor and/or graduate program director. Our office will do our best to send out any assistantships that are sent to our office.


UMSL graduate students also have the opportunity to apply or be awarded fellowships at the masters and doctoral levels. Fellowships are very competitive and will require a letter of recommendation or nomination from your department, so it is best to talk these options over with your advisor and/or program director

On Campus Jobs

Students can find other outside jobs on UMSL's campus to assist in paying tuition. Many of these jobs are part-time and flexible positions on campus. For more information reach out to the department directly.