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Division of Graduate Studies

Graduate Funding & Financial Aid

At Jackson State University, we understand that financing your graduate studies can be a challenge. That’s why we offer a variety of financial aid options to help our graduate students pay for their education.

Our financial aid office will work with you to help you find the best funding options available. We offer a financial aid options including:

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit or other criteria such as financial need.
  • Assistantships: Assistantships are awarded to graduate students who work as teaching or research assistants.
  • Loans: Federal and private loan options are available to graduate students.
  • Tuition-waiver: Graduate students may be eligible for tuition-waiver.

It is important to note that availability and eligibility of financial aid options vary by program and individual circumstances. We encourage you to contact our financial aid office to discuss your options.

Graduate Funding & Financial Aid

Graduate Student Support

Students who wish to apply for graduate student support must be admitted to the Division of Graduate Studies as a degree seeking student and must complete the required application form. Requests for applications for graduate student support should be addressed to the Graduate Coordinator of Student Services, or P.O. Box 17095, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi 39217.

Certain departments and academic schools have departmental support for graduate students; interested students should contact the department chair or the dean of the college for further information.

Institutional Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantship

The Division of Graduate Studies awards assistantships each year with a monthly stipend plus tuition for one academic year:  Fall and Spring. To qualify for an assistantship, the applicant must have at least a 3.00 average on a 4.00 scale, be able to carry at least 9 semester hours of course work each semester and contribute a minimum of 12 hours for master-level student or 15 hours for a doctoral level student of useful service weekly to a department or academic college, not to exceed 20 hours weekly. Applications may be obtained from the Division of Graduate Studies. Students should apply directly to the department chair or academic dean of the desired major field. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1.

Graduate Tuition-waiver

The Division of Graduate Studies through the departments offering graduate studies administers a number of tuition waivers. These scholarships provide tuition expense only and may vary in amount from partial to the full tuition waiver. The application procedure is the same as outlined under Graduate Assistantships. Tuition-waivers are awarded per academic year. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1.

 Application: Tuition-Waiver/Assistantship

Grants, Fellowships & Other External Funding Opportunities

American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC)

PHI KAPPA PHI Fellowships & Dissertation Fellowships

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Open Education Database- Ph.D. Scholarships

Important Dates

Keep up-to-date with all important dates for the current semester at Jackson State University. If you have any questions about the information listed, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help you further.

Division of Graduate Studies


Division of Graduate Studies
1400 John R. Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217-0280

Division of Graduate Studies
Jackson State University
P.O. Box 17095
Jackson, MS  39217

Phone: 601.979.2455