The Graduate School• Professional Programs


The Board of Supervisors may modify fees, meal rates, or housing rates at any time and without advance warning. Students should check the Office of Budget and Planning’s Web site

The following discussion of fees, required minimum registration, and related matters covers items that apply only to graduate students or for which graduate students and undergraduates are treated differently. For all other fees (vehicle registration, audit fees, student insurance, and the Student Health Center, etc.) see the section, “Tuition and Required Fees.”


Application Fees

All applications for graduate admission must be accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee (check or money order made payable to Louisiana State University). Additional nonrefundable late fees, where applicable, are assessed for all applications received by the Graduate School after application deadlines. The late application fee also applies to applications for readmission submitted after the established deadline dates. Bank drafts are not accepted as payment and the University is not responsible for cash sent by mail.

International applicants should consult the section, “Admission of International Students,” for additional information.

Fee Deadline
Fee if Paid After Deadline
Fall Semester
U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens $25 5/15 $50
Nonimmigrant Applicants $25 5/15 0*
Nondegree Applicants $25 N/A N/A
Spring Semester
U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens $25 10/15 $50
Nonimmigrant Applicants $25 10/15 0*
Nondegree Applicants $25 N/A N/A
Summer Term
U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens $25 5/15 $50
Nonimmigrant Applicants $25 5/15 0*
Nondegree Applicants $25 N/A N/A

* International applications received after the deadline will be processed for the subsequent semester. There are no late fees associated with the January 25 priority date for full consideration for assistantships and fellowships.

Minimum Graduate Student Registration

Graduate students engaged in the writing of theses or dissertations are expected to register for research hours commensurate with the amount of University resources—faculty time, equipment, library facilities, and/or office space—to be used that semester. Out-of-town students also are expected to register for research hours if they are receiving any faculty advice or direction.

In addition, doctoral candidates must maintain continuous registration for a minimum of three semester hours of credit each regular semester (excluding summers) from the completion of the general examination to the end of the semester in which an approved dissertation is submitted to the Graduate School. Students must be registered for a minimum of one to three semester hours of credit during any semester in which they are taking master’s or doctoral general examinations, including the qualifying examinations required by some departments.

Degree Only Registration

Students who have completed all degree requirements, including final examinations taken in a previous semester, may register for “degree only” and pay only the graduation fee, if their theses or dissertations are approved by the Graduate School on or before the last day to add courses for credit. Eligible students must submit an application for degree and inform the Graduate School of their intent to register for “degree only”. Nonthesis students may also register “degree only” provided all degree requirements were met in a previous semester.

Three-Week Short Courses

See note section at bottom of Summer Student Required Fees Schedule on the Office of Budget & Planning Web site at

Audit Fees

Fees for auditing courses are in accordance with the following “Regular Semester” and “Summer Term” fees. Maximum fee is $1,508 for the regular semester and $1,216 for the summer term. Fees for students enrolling for combined credit and audit work will be assessed in accordance with total hours scheduled.

Residency Status

Eligibility for classification as a resident of Louisiana is determined by the Graduate School in accordance with University regulations and is based on evidence provided on the application for admission and related documents. Regulations relate primarily to location of the home and place of employment.

A student classified as a resident is one who has abandoned all prior domiciles and has been domiciled in the state of Louisiana continuously for at least one full year (365 days) immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term for which classification as a resident is sought. Physical presence within the state solely for educational purposes without substantial evidence of the intent to remain in Louisiana will not be sufficient for resident classification regardless of the length of time within the state.

Graduation Fees

Special Research Fees

For specially planned research programs arranged through the Office of International Programs, departmental research fees are applicable and vary with the individual program.

Tuition and Required Fees

Graduate and Veterinary Medicine students please refer to the Office of Budget & Planning Web site at for the listing of current fees.

MBA Professional Program Fee • Please refer to the note section at bottom of Semester Fees Schedule on the Office of Budget & Planning Web site at

Social Work Students • An internship fee of $100 per course must be paid by all students enrolled in Social Work 7007, 7008, 7502, and 7503.

Students in Veterinary Medicine • A microscope fee of $40 per semester is assessed each student during Years I and II of the professional curriculum. No fees are assessed regularly admitted students in the summer of Year IV, regardless of the elective blocks taken. Regularly admitted students accepted from contract states pay the same fees as residents of Louisiana, with respective states paying an additional increment as specified by contract.

For information about room rent, dining plans, refunds, and other special fees, see the “Undergraduate Fees and Expenses” section of this catalog.

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The University offers financial assistance to graduate students through a variety of programs including fellowships, assistantships, internships, work-study programs, student jobs, and loans. Since these programs are administered by separate offices, a student interested in applying should contact the appropriate office for more detailed information.

Fellowships and Scholarships

The Graduate School offers a number of fellowships and scholarships to exceptional students. Superior students can expect to receive some type of aid throughout their graduate careers. In some cases, recipients are required to have completed a minimum amount of graduate work prior to receiving an award. All such assistance is awarded on the basis of the individual’s academic achievements. Interested students should contact the chair of the department in which they plan to study.

Graduate Enhancements and Supplements • Superior graduate students awarded departmental assistantships and fellowships in selected departments may receive a monetary enhancement to their departmental assistantships/fellowships.

Graduate School Dissertation Fellowships • Dissertation Fellowships are available to exceptional doctoral students who will begin their final year of study. A maximum one-year stipend of $18,000 is awarded. Resident tuition and nonresident tuition (if applicable) are waived. The recipient will be responsible for paying required university fees. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that there is a high probability for completion of the dissertation during the fellowship year. Dissertation fellowships are available only to full-time students. For information on application procedures, which entail departmental nomination from March 15-April 15, contact the assistant dean, LSU Graduate School.

Board of Regents Graduate Fellowship Program (PhD And MFA) • The Louisiana Educational Quality Support Fund provides Board of Regents’ Graduate Fellowships for exceptionally qualified doctoral students. These awards range from $12,000 to $20,000 per year for up to four years. Resident and nonresident tuition (if applicable) are waived. Recipients are responsible for paying university required fees. Academic departments eligible for these awards vary from year to year. Most major areas, including humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, arts, design, education, agriculture, and engineering, are included annually.

Applications must be submitted to the candidate’s department and must include scores on both the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (or GMAT scores if appropriate), an official transcript of all gpas on all college work, a one-page narrative of educational goals, and three letters of recommendation. Complete applications should be submitted no later than February 15 annually.

Graduate School Tuition Awards • The graduate dean may award up to 200 tuition exemptions to graduate students from underrepresented groups. The tuition awards provide for an exemption from either or both the resident and nonresident fee. Recipients are responsible for paying university-required fees. Preference will be given to African American students and students from Latin American countries. Students must be regularly admitted to a graduate program at LSU and be nominated by their departments.


More than 2,000 teaching, research, and service assistantships are awarded annually. All communication regarding graduate assistantships should be directed to the chair of the appropriate department. Applications and supporting credentials are accepted at all times, but priority for graduate assistantships beginning in the fall semester is given to applicants who submit their materials by January 25. Students who accept assistantships before April 15 may be free to resign to accept another offer up to that date. An acceptance given or left in force after April 15 is a commitment not to accept another appointment without first obtaining formal release from the prior commitment.

A graduate assistantship is intended to be supportive of the student’s educational experience by being related to the graduate program in which the student is enrolled. Proposed appointment to duties unrelated to the student’s major program must have the concurrence of the student’s major department prior to approval by the Graduate School.

Eligibility Requirements • Only graduate students with acceptable academic records may be appointed to graduate assistantships. A student admitted on probation may not be appointed to a graduate assistantship until good standing has been achieved. A graduate student placed on academic probation by the Graduate School for failing to make satisfactory progress may not be appointed or reappointed to a graduate assistantship unless the student’s cumulative/semester gpa is at least 3.00.

Details and additional information regarding eligibility for a graduate assistantship may be found in PS-21, available in the appendices of the Graduate Bulletin, and online at

Stipends • Graduate assistant stipend levels vary widely, depending on the department and the assigned duties. Assigned duties may include research, teaching, and/or service. Graduate assistantship appointments may also be for one-third or one-quarter time, with an appropriate adjustment in the stipend. Appointments for more than one-half time require special justification. Although most appointments are made on an academic-year basis, assistantships are available in certain departments during the summer months, with an appropriate adjustment in the stipend.

Federal Work-Study Program

Another form of financial assistance available to graduate students is the federal work-study program. A graduate student who qualifies for this program can be assigned parttime employment in an academic area or in any other University office. The amount of aid available is determined by assessment of the student’s needs. Students may also be assigned to community service agencies.

To be considered for the work-study program, a current or prospective graduate student must file the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).” This form should be completed and filed as soon after January 1 as possible. It is to the student’s advantage to apply early. Aid is awarded on a yearly basis, and students must reapply each year. Application forms are available from the Office of Student Aid & Scholarships.

Loan Programs

The Office of Student Aid and Scholarships administers a number of loan programs created to help deserving graduate students who need financial assistance to continue their education. All such funds are subject to policies and regulations authorized by the Faculty Senate Student Aid & Scholarships Committee. To be eligible, a student must be making satisfactory academic progress.

Perkins Loan (Formerly the National Direct Student Loan Program) • The Perkins Loan Program is for students who are enrolled at least half-time and who need loans to meet educational expenses. Perkins Loans are made by and repaid to LSU. Under this program graduate students may borrow up to $30,000 to finance graduate study. (Ths includes any Perkins Loans borrowed as an undergraduate.) Loans range from $200 to $4,000 per year for graduate students. The actual amount of the loan depends upon financial need and the general availability of funds.

Half of the annual amount awarded will be received each semester. Six months after the student leaves school (nine months for new borrowers), interest begins to accrue on the total amount of money borrowed. Seven months after the student leaves school (10 months for new borrowers), he/she must begin repaying the loan. Payments are made in monthly installments of at least $30 (regardless of the size of the loan) at 5 percent simple interest.

Stafford Loan (Formerly the National Direct Student Loan Program) • The Stafford Loan Program allows students to borrow funds from a participating lender to begin or continue their postsecondary education. The loan is a transaction involving the student, the lending institution, and the guarantee agency. Some lenders may require additional endorsements. With the privilege of borrowing goes the responsibility for repayment of the loan with interest when the student leaves school. The annual interest rate varies, but is capped at about 9 percent.

In addition, the borrower is charged a guarantee fee, and a 5 percent origination fee is assessed by the lender for each loan processed. When the student leaves school, arrangements are made with the lender to repay the loan in monthly installments with interest. Normally, loans are repaid within a maximum of 10 years, beginning six months after leaving school, with minimum monthly payments of $50. Repayment of the loan may be accelerated without penalty.

The maximum amount that can be borrowed is $8,500 per year for graduate and professional study. The aggregate loan maximum is $65,500. This total includes amounts that may have been borrowed at the undergraduate level. The loan amount will be based on the student’s educational costs, any other aid received, and the financial situation of the family. In addition, the student must be making satisfactory academic progress in order to be eligible.

The University normally views any student who is not on academic probation and who meets the requirements for retention in a degree program under the scholastic regulations of the University as being in good standing and making satisfactory academic progress.

Veterans’ Benefits

The Office of Veterans’ Affairs has the responsibility for handling all applications for benefits under the various public laws. In order to receive full VA benefits, a veteran graduate student must be registered for nine or more semester hours.

Details and additional information concerning benefits for veterans may be obtained from the Office of Veterans’ Affairs, 112 Thomas Boyd Hall. Information is also available at the Veterans’ Affairs Web site:

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