Financial Aid

Graduate students at the University of South Carolina have a variety of options to fund their graduate work. Some of the places you can find financial backing include: home departments, colleges and schools, research centers and institutes, specialized centers, university-wide programs, government agencies, non-profit centers, and local, state, and national foundations.


The University of South Carolina offers competitive packages to attract and support the development of graduate students. More than half receive financial support. USC graduate students also have a proud history of winning national fellowships. Visit The Graduate School fellowship and awards and additional funding pages for full details, including eligibility criteria and nominating procedures on each available fellowship or award.


Many of our graduate students are awarded Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, or Staff Assistantships to help fund their graduate education. If you would like to be considered for a graduate assistantship, you should start by contacting the Graduate Director of your program. Some assistantships may also be offered outside your program. The USC Career Center advertises a majority of USC graduate staff assistantships. The Graduate School also posts graduate assistantships to the Bulletin Board, Twitter and Facebook.


Students awarded graduate assistantships or fellowships often automatically qualify for in-state tuition.


Colleges, home departments, professional associations, student organizations, affiliated USC institutes, and external agencies may all award travel grants to support student presentation of research nationally and internationally. Each year The Graduate School also awards travel grants to support the research of students pursuing terminal degrees.


Graduate students are encouraged to take a holistic approach to financing their education. This may include budgeting, fellowships and awards, stipends, work, work study, loans, and grants. While statistics bear out that graduate school overwhelmingly pays off, students are cautioned against taking out excessive amounts of loans. As a general rule, students are advised not to take out sums that will total, upon repayment, more than 8 percent of their monthly income. Students wishing to learn more about projected earnings will find the Career Center to be a useful resource. We also encourage all of our students to visit the Financial Literacy page. For more information on loans and other types of financial aid, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.