Funding Your Master's Degree
We know that the decision to attend graduate school involves a financial investment in your future. Pursuing a graduate degree is an important decision, and we want you to know that cost does not have to be a barrier to your success. For information about the cost of graduate tuition & fees, please see the UNT Tuition Plan Calculator.
General Financial Aid Information
For information about filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and applying for subsidized and unsubsidized loans, please go here.
Departmental Teaching Assistantships
Many of our graduate students in the Department of Communication Studies are awarded teaching assistantships to help offset their cost of education. Teaching assistantships offer an excellent opportunity for earning financial assistance and valuable experience.
Stipends: All of our TAs earn a monthly stipend in exchange for their commitment of 20 hours per week of teaching assistance. Currently, first year TAs are paid $1,296 per month ($11,664 per 9 months). TAs entering their third semester in this position receive a bump in pay to $1,512 per month ($13,608 per 9 months).
Partial Tuition Waivers: All Teaching Assistants are eligible for the UNT Tuition Benefit Program (TBP). Under this program, TAs typically receive 3 hours of tuition supplement (waiver) each semester. In addition to partial waivers, all TAs receive in-state tuition rates through the out-of-state tuition waiver.
Other Scholarships & Awards
A number of other scholarships are available through the Department of Communication Studies and the Toulouse Graduate School.
Lesa Woody Memorial Scholarship in Oral Interpretation & Performance: This scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to undergraduate and graduate students who participate in curricular performance studies classes and extracurricular performance studies intercollegiate festivals and other activities. Candidates must maintain full-time enrollment at UNT; major in Communication Studies; meet and maintain the academic performance standards of the Department of Communication Studies; enroll each semester in a performance studies course within the department; and participate in the co-curricular activities of the Performance Interest Group.
General Academic Scholarships: The Student Financial Aid and Scholarship department on campus offers smaller scholarships for graduate students. They have an 11 page database of awards listed on the scholarship application page. Students must reapply for these scholarships each year, and the deadline to apply for Fall funding is March 1. Learn more and apply for scholarships.
Dean's Graduate Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to graduate students enrolled in a degree program within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences who have demonstrated academic promise.
GI Bill and Hazelwood Benefits: We welcome veterans wishing to pursue a master's degree in Communication Studies. Through the GI Bill and Texas Hazelwood benefits program, veterans and their relatives can fund their graduate program.
Each semester, graduate students will have a variety of grant opportunities available for presenting your research at conferences. The graduate advisor will help graduate students apply for the possible travel grants, including funds from the Toulouse Graduate School, the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, and Division of Student Affairs' Raupe Travel Grant. Opportunities also exist to support international conference travel.