Financial Aid

Assistantships | Outside Funding | Health Insurance | Student Life


Assistantships not only provide financial assistance but also afford graduate students a structured experience in teaching and research. Graduate assistants receive a stipend and a 9- or 12-hour tuition waiver (Usually, in-state students receive a 12-hour waiver while out-of-state students receive a 9-hour waiver). The out-of-state portion of tuition is not waived beyond the first year. Thus, students who are not granted state resident status at the time of their admission must petition for a change of that status through the Registrar's Office at the end of their first year (usually in June).

By demonstrating progress toward the degree and satisfactory performance of duties, Ph.D. students are eligible, in most cases, for a continuation of teaching assignments and financial support for two academic years following successful completion of their comprehensive exams. All decisions about teaching assignments and financial support will be based on Departmental needs and resources.

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Outside Funding

Students are encouraged to seek outside funding to supplement or replace traditional departmental funding through assistantships. The University offers numerous fellowships to outstanding students that can provide up to $23,000 in annual support. For more information on these and additional non-University fellowships, please visit the Graduate Funding Opportunities page, composed by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Students may also receive financial aid in the form of Stafford Loans. For more information on the Stafford loan and other forms of financial aid, please visit the Florida State University Office of Financial Aid

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Health Insurance

The Florida State University provides a health insurance supplement to qualifying graduate assistants and qualifying fellows towards the purchase of the university sponsored health insurance plan. The supplement is broken down by semester (Fall and Spring/Summer). To enroll for health insurance, and for details on the health insurance supplement, visit the Graduate School's Health Insurance page.

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Student Life 

Below you will find relevant excerpts from "The GUIDE," compiled by Florida State University's Congress of Graduate Students (COGS). 



  • Educational Research Center for Child Development (644-1013). Contact the office for the cost of childcare. 
  • The Starlight Child Care Center - evening childcare. Call 644-3096 for more information. 
  • Alumni Village - preschool program. Call 644-8305 for more information. 

Travel Grants:

  • The Congress of Graduate Students (COGS, 644-7166), located in Room 245 of the Student Life Building, provides funding for graduate students to present at conferences. You need to apply for the funds prior to the conference. 

Registration and Fee Payment:

  • Registration for graduate students
  • Your email account must be activated before registration. For activation information visit Information Technology Services
  • You must complete the health history and immunization forms at Thagard Student Health Center before you will be allowed to register. Call (850) 644-6573 if you need relevant forms. 
  • A late registration fee of $100 will be charged if you are not registered by August 25. Fee Payment Location: A1500 University Center or online:

FSU Card:

  • All students are required to have a photo FSU Card. The FSU card is your key to university life while attending FSU. Check online for the variety of features available. There is a fee for the first card as well as replacements. The FSU Card Center is open from 8-5 M-F; (850)644-7777. 

Library Facilities:

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