Federal grant programs administered by the Financial Aid Office are not available to graduate students. Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and State Student Incentive Grant Programs are only available to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree. Special non-resident waivers administered by the Financial Aid Office are available to graduate students who are citizens or eligible non-citizens and meet other financial need criteria.
A small fund has been created to make a few hundred dollars available to graduate students on a competitive basis to conduct thesis or dissertation research. Research proposals with budgets must be submitted to the Graduate School Office by deadlines established by the Graduate Student Research and Scholarship Committee. This committee awards grants both fall and spring semester. Guidelines for proposal preparation are available in the Graduate School Office and from representatives on the committee. The Call for Proposals is sent out the first Monday in February for the following Fall Semester, and the last Monday in September for Spring Semester awards.
Expenses for thesis and dissertation research are often paid by research grants obtained by faculty or departments. In addition, students may be employed with such funds at the discretion of the principal investigator.