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Financial Aid

Graduate Students

To be eligible for a Fee Reduction Certificate, an applicant must be:
  • A U.S. citizen or resident alien


  • A college senior receiving financial aid through an undergraduate college in the U.S., U.S. Territories or Puerto Rico, or a returning unenrolled graduate who has applied for financial aid,


  • A dependent college senior whose Student Aid Report (SAR) shows a parental contribution of not more than $1,400 for the senior year,


  • A self-supporting college senior whose SAR shows a contribution of not more than $1,800 for the senior year,


  • An unenrolled college graduate whose SAR indicates self-supporting status and a contribution of not more than $1,800.

The applicant must mail in the original Fee Reduction Certificate, payment equivalent to 50% of the full test fee ($80 for the revised General Test; $70 for a Subject Test), and page of one of the SAR showing the applicant's estimated family contribution with the appropriate registration materials.  Any applicant who is planning to register for the revised General Test and Subject Test should mail all registration materials together in one envelope.

Under no circumstances should an applicant be issued multiple Fee Reduction Certificates.  Applicants who register but fail to appear on the test date, have lost or misplaced the certificate, or wish to repeat a test should not be issued another Fee Reducation Certificate.

Fee Reduction Certificates cannot be combined with other offers, including the special registration discount offer in August and September 2011.

The GRE Fee Reduction Program is funded by income from the GRE test fees.  The GRE Program incurs a cost for every test appointment scheduled or test registration received.  Students should not schedule a test appointment or register for a test unless they are certain they will be able to attend the test session.  The long-range viability of the Fee Reduction Program depends upon effective stewardship of this program.

To verify eligibility or to pick up the GRE Fee Reduction Certificate, students should contact the Enrollment Services Center in ADM 230 or

Additional information is available on the official GRE Fee Reduction Program website.

Graduate Student Financial Aid Options

Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
The TPEG program provides limited state funds for graduate students with exceptional financial need. To qualify for consideration, students must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester. Annual award amounts range from $400 to $2,000 and are based on the availability of funds.  

Education Affordability Grant (Ed Aff)
UT Tyler provides limited, need-based grant funding of up to $2,000 per semester to graduate students. To qualify for consideration, graduate students must be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours at UT Tyler.

Federal Stafford Loans (Subsidized)

New regulations beginning July 1, 2012: graduate students will no longer be eligible for Stafford Subsidized Loans.

Federal Stafford Loans (Unsubsidized)

Stafford Unsubsidized loans are awarded based on the student's Cost of Attendance, as determined by the Financial Aid Office. For graduate students, they require a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester at UT Tyler. The interest rate is fixed at 6.8%.  The student borrower is responsible for all interest accumulated on the loan from the time of disbursement until it is paid in full.  Repayment begins 6 months after the borrower ceases half-time enrollment.  Entrance Loan Counseling is required prior to receiving your first loan disbursement. Exit Loan Counseling and the electronic Master Promissory Note is required when a student borrower ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. The annual maximum amount for Unsubsidized Loans for graduate students is $20,500.  Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for funding. These loans are paid in two installments, less the origination fee. All loan funding will be through the Federal Direct Loan Program.)

More information on Direct Loans.

External links for additional information on the Direct Loan Program:

Graduate Student Scholarship Options

Students who meet the criteria below will be considered for a Graduate Scholarship. Scholarship funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Preference shall be given to new graduate students with a 3.25 GPA on the last 60 hours of their undergraduate coursework.  If funding is available, additional consideration will be given to UT Tyler returning graduate students with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  Scholarships are available for the Fall, Spring and Summer terms.

Graduate Scholarship

Award Amount: up to $1,000 per year

To qualify, students must:

  • Be accepted for admission for graduate studies at UT Tyler by May 1st
  • Be accepted to a graduate program by May 1st
  • New graduate students must have a 3.25 GPA on the last 60 hours of their undergraduate coursework. 
  • Returning graduate students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Enroll full-time (9 credit hours for the semester awarded)

Students may not receive more than one academic scholarship award from the University each semester.  However, students may receive separate talent awards and may use external awards (e.g. Rotary Club award). Students receiving the Graduate Scholarship are not eligible for additional scholarship funding for the summer semesters.

Tuition Waivers for Graduate Students

Requests for waivers of tuition and/or certain fees must be completed prior to the census date each semester. More information.

Competitive Scholarship Waiver

Nonresident or foreign students receiving a competitive scholarship of at least $1,000 (or a combination of scholarships totaling at least $1,000) will be eligible for the resident tuition rate. Students must have competed with other students, including Texas residents, for the award. The student may receive a waiver of nonresident tuition for the period of time covered by the scholarship, not to exceed 12 months. Waivers may be received in any year in which the student meets the competitive scholarship requirements.

Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants Waiver

To permit an individual employed at least half time by a public institution of higher education as a research or teaching assistant, and his/her spouse and children, to enroll in public institutions in Texas while paying the resident tuition rate.