Financial Aid & Assistantships

The information below is meant to provide an overview of the types of financial aid available to graduate students at ODU. For more detailed information, please visit the ODU Financial Aid Office Website.

Assistantships and Fellowships

Full-time students are eligible to apply for assistantships and fellowships funded by the College of Arts and Letters and the University. Assistantships involve dedication of work (teaching or aiding a professor with administration, for example) in exchange for a stipend. Fellowships provide stipend support without requiring work outside of class responsibilities. Fellowship and assistantship money also come with tuition remission. Part-time students may be eligible for other work on campus, paid at a per-hour rate, and should consult the GPD for opportunities.

Student Loans

Graduate students typically rely on Federal loan programs, graduate assistantships (teaching / research), tuition unfunded scholarships, work-study programs, fellowships, scholarships and/or work outside the University to finance graduate school. Students must be admitted as degree-seeking and enrolled at least half-time in a graduate program at the master’s and doctoral levels to receive up to $20,500 in Federal Direct Stafford Loans per year. Eligible graduate students may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Travel Grants

The Pegasus Travel Grant has been re-instated for the 2016-2017 academic. These awards are to support PhD student’s travel to conferences at which they are presenting. There will be 3 awards of $300; one award each will be given for conferences that occur during this fall semester, the spring semester, and the summer semester.

Graduate Fellowships for Dissertations

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities

Doctoral fellowships are offered in order to increase the presence of underrepresented minorities on college and university faculties. Open to citizens of the US engaged in a teaching and research career or planning such a career, and who have not earned a PhD or ScD degree in any field. Awards will be made in research-based programs in the behavioral and social sciences, humanities, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, life sciences, and education.

For more information visit the Ford Foundation webpage.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships are to assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences (1) in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. This program aims to encourage timely completion of the Ph.D.

For more information visit the Mellon/ACLS webpage.