Funding for Graduate Education

Several sources of funding are available to complete a degree program at UNC Charlotte, including financial aid, tuition support, assistantships and fellowships.  Some of those sources are available to any student anywhere, some are restricted, and some are available only to UNC Charlotte students.

The links on this page will take you to information on where to find funding and how to apply. The first place to look, however, is to your Graduate Program Director (GPD) who can be an asset to your funding search.

NOTE:  The Graduate School sponsors a Fellowship Application Incentive Program (FAIP) that pays $500 to eligible doctoral students just for applying to an allowable fellowship.  You must enroll in FAIP before you apply. 

UNC Charlotte has licensed access to PIVOT, a funding resource database with local, state, federal, international and foundation-supported opportunities. Set up an account with your UNC Charlotte ID to search for opportunities.  PIVOT will email updates on your searches daily or weekly. 

Sources of graduate funding

  • Tuition and Health Insurance Support - Funding administered by the Graduate School that covers the cost of tuition and health insurance.
  • Assistantships and Employment - Graduate assistantships requiring working up to 20 hours per week for a stipend. Teaching assistantships may involve the activities of teaching a course while research assistantships involve assisting faculty on research projects. 
  • Fellowships - Fellowships are service-free awards which may include a stipend for living expenses and tuition and fees. 
  • Financial Aid - Federal student loans, based on financial need and the estimated cost of attendance, are available from the Federal government.