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University Aid for Graduate Students

Assistantships and Scholarships

Graduate assistantships involve a wage, tuition waiver or both, and are awarded to well-qualified master’s and doctoral students on the Melbourne campus. Awards are normally made on a year-to-year basis. However, not all students receive assistantships, and partial assistantships (such as tuition waiver only) may also be offered. International students are eligible for graduate assistantships in some academic units. In addition to specific academic unit requirements, any student whose home language is not English, whether or not the student has graduated from an English speaking, post-secondary institution, must abide by all Florida Tech policies regarding English language proficiency found.

Award of a teaching assistantship requires satisfactory completion of the Teaching Assistant Seminar, generally offered twice each year at the start of the fall and spring semesters. There is no fee for enrollment in this three-day seminar, which is open to graduate students recommended by their academic unit heads, as well as new teaching assistants, who are required to attend.

Teaching assistants must be formally evaluated in writing by their supervisors. These evaluations are required for reappointment. The assistantship application deadline is January 15 for the fall semester. The application should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Admitted students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships of up to $6,000 per year as a quailifed graduate student. These scholarships are awarded at the time at the admission to students who demonstrate strong academic performance.

Graduate Assistant Scholarships Ph.D. Scholarships

Federal Assistance

A graduate student must be enrolled half-time as a regular student in a degree program and must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen to qualify for federal financial aid.

Although applications are accepted throughout the year, graduate students are encouraged to file before March 20 to ensure timely processing.

Students must reapply each year and maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the financial aid office to continue receiving federal assistance.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Student Loan: Students are responsible for all interest that accrues on the unsubsidized Stafford loan while in school, but payment is not required during this time.2014–2015 Financial Overview 19 Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan: A federal loan program for credit-worthy graduate students, intended to supplement the Federal Stafford Loan. A credit-worthy graduate student may borrow the complete cost of attendance minus other financial aid. The interest rate is fixed annually at the 10-year Treasury Note Index plus 4.6 percent. Payments can be deferred till after graduation, but interest accrues while the student is in school. Graduate students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens to be eligible. Students must enroll for a minimum of five credit hours per semester to be eligible (at least half-time).

Fellowships/Graduate Awards

The following is a list of donated scholarships and is a representative sample of awards that may be available to admitted students. New students are encouraged to apply for admission before January 15. Early applicants will be considered for all types of financial aid administered by Florida Tech. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid, (321) 674-8070.

  • A.C. Bagtzoglou Civil Engineering Fellowship Endowment*
  • ƒDr. Juanita Neal Baker Psychology Fellowship*
  • ƒCivil Alumni Recruitment Endowment (CARE)
  • ƒDavid L. and Theresa G. Clayton Fellowship in Marine and Environmental Systems*
  • ƒDeering–Irlandi Fellowship Fund*
  • ƒHarbor City Volunteer Ambulance Squad Endowment
  • ƒDr. Leonard D. Healy Graduate Scholarship
  • Link Foundation Ocean Engineering Fellowship*
  • Peace Corps Graduate Fellowship
  • ƒDr. James M. and Sara M. Ortega Fellowship in Astronomy*
  • ƒAlan Edwin Paltzik Fellowship*
  • ƒDr. Carol L. Philpot Fellowship in Family Psychology*
  • ƒBarbara A. and William G. Roy Fellowship in Management Studies
  • ƒSave Our Bays, Air and Canals/Waterways Inc. (SOBAC) Fellowship*
  • ƒMajor Mathew Earl Schram ALMC-LEDC/FT Graduate Fellowship*
  • ƒMrs. Krishna Devi Sharma Fellowship Endowment
  • ƒGertrude E. Skelly Fellowship in Marine and Environmental Systems*
  • ƒEdward W. Snowdon and Lee Hill Snowdon Fellowship in Marine and Environmental Studies*
  • ƒAdmiral O.D. Waters Graduate Fellowship (DMES)*
  • ƒJohn M. Williams Fellowship in DMES*
  • ƒDr. Elizabeth B. Wolf-Corman Fellowship in Psychology*

*indicates endowed fellowship