Graduate Studies Funding

Financial Support for Graduate Studies

Going to graduate school is an exciting endeavor and there are several options available that can help cover costs. Financial support comes in the form of assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, and loan opportunities. ATEC offers Teaching and Research Assistantships each academic year. UT Dallas also offers fellowships and scholarships. We recommend students fill out the FAFSA so there is an understanding of the federal aid that is available in the form of grants and/or loans.

At ATEC, we believe taking the step toward graduate studies is a big decision and we are here to help you along the way. Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask questions if you need help. Our advising team is ready to guide you on your journey.

  • Doctoral Studies – Contact Sr. Academic Support Coordinator Christine Messick
  • MA / MFA Programs – Contact Sr. Academic Support Coordinator Brenda Freeman

In addition, we recommend students attend an online Graduate Studies Overview session. For session dates / times visit ATEC events.


UT Dallas offers the option of a variable tuition rate or a guaranteed tuition plan. Tuition and fee charges cap at the 12 credit hour rate under either plan. The Variable Tuition Plan will adjust each year and is the default plan for all entering students. All new students are eligible to lock in their tuition rate for four years by opting to the UT Dallas Guaranteed tuition Plan. For additional information about the Guaranteed Tuition Plan, please call the UT Dallas Bursar’s Office at 972-883-2612 or visit

Calculate your costs using the Tuition Calculator.

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Teaching and Research Assistantships

Funding is available for outstanding doctoral students for 4 years of study. Funding support includes a combination of Research and Teaching Assistantships. Assistanships for doctoral students include a 100% reduction of tuition and fees and a 12-month stipend. Qualified students in the MA and MFA programs may also be funded through Teaching Assistantships. Masters level Assistantships include a 100% reduction of tuition and fees and a 9-month stipend, though summer teaching options may be available. Students must be enrolled a minimum of 9 hours (during a fall/spring semester) and be in good academic standing; students are not permitted to hold additional employment while on Assistantship.

To learn more, students should attend an online overview session. For the next available session dates / times visit ATEC events.


ATEC offers institutional scholarships for Graduate students. The Anthony (Tony) Cross Memorial Student Support Fund directly helps ATEC students with expenses for research, enrichment activities, and travel related to the student’s education at UT Dallas. The Marjorie Duckworth Endowment Award supports students who are either seeking a degree in ATEC or UTD students who are participating in ATEC-related activities. Both of these scholarships reside at ATEC and are made possible by generous donors who support ATEC students.

Students may also inquire with the UTD Office of Financial Aid for additional third party Scholarships. U.S. citizens may apply for financial aid through the UT Dallas Financial Aid Office. They should also visit the Career Center to look for on-campus employment opportunities available to them.

We encourage students to review the information found on the Office of Graduate Education website which contains additional information and resources helpful to prospective students. And always reach out to ATEC Graduate Advising for help in answering your questions.

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UT Dallas offers the Eugene McDermott Graduate Fellows Program. Outstanding students planning to pursue a PhD degree may be nominated for this fellowship award. This program prepares participants for leadership in research organizations, universities, and industry.

There are additional fellowships outside of UT Dallas available to graduate students.

  • The UT System in partnership with Mexico’s Conacyt established ConTex. This is a bi-national effort to enhance academic and research collaborations between Texas and Mexico.
  • The Fulbright Program offers research, study, and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. Learn more about the different types of Fulbright awards

Supporting Research and Creative Activities

ATEC and UT Dallas offer multiple awards to financially support research and creative work.

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