Funding & Financial Aid | LSU Graduate School

Funding & Financial Aid

Financing Your Graduate Education

In addition to federal financial aid which requires a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), LSU and academic departments offer fellowships, assistantships, tuition awards, and grants. Please note that some funding opportunities and admissions deadlines are the same. Contact the academic department for information about funding opportunities. We encourage you to explore other funding opportunities also.

Tuition & Fees

The Fee Schedule lists the current cost of tuition, Required Fees, and other  fees for graduate students.

Funding Options

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants help faculty members teach classes, conduct research or handle day-to-day administration tasks. Most assistantships are awarded at time of admission, but opportunities may also be available for current students. Your program department is the best source for information about assistantship opportunities.

Available assistantship opportunities are advertised in the Weekly Announcements. Learn more about assistantships policies & guidelines

Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market (ACM), offered through the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), is a tuition-savings program for college students who want to pursue graduate degrees that are not offered by their in-state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the institution's in-state tuition rates.


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Other Scholarship Opportunities

The Office of Financial Aid has an extensive list of scholarship opportunities offered by organizations across the country.

Funding for International Students

Typically, international students do not qualify for U.S. financial aid such as Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, etc. Most international students may work up to 20 hours per week on campus. If you are awarded a graduate assistantship and English is not your first language, you will be required to certify your oral proficiency in English before assuming your assistantship duties. Learn more about international student employment on the International Services Office website under Financial Assistance.