Graduate Student Financial Assistance
Assistantships, Scholarships, And Other Financial Aid
The Departments offer graduate teaching and research assistantships on a competitive basis. Assistantships typically provide a living stipend plus a tuition waiver. Applicants with a high grade point average, strong G.R.E. score, and impressive letters of recommendation are given highest consideration. Assistantships become available throughout the academic year and only applicants accepted to the Department are eligible for consideration.
Most assistantships are generated by faculty research grants. Therefore, it is essential that you obtain encouragement (not necessarily a commitment) from a faculty member during the application process and subsequent application evolution period. This involves becoming familiar with faculty areas of interest and, based on your own interests and academic goals, contacting appropriate faculty directly. Active research faculty are particularly interested in graduate students with exceptional academic credentials and background. Having experience in research is also an advantage.
Department And College Financial Aid Links
University of Florida Financial Aid Links
Graduate Fellowships: The University and Graduate School sponsor a number of competitive fellowship programs for graduate study. Departments nominate a limited number of qualified applicants each year for these awards.
Other Resources: The Graduate School maintains a useful page of links to other financial aid sources.
Student Loans: Student loans are administered by the Office of Student Financial Affairs.
Other Financial Aid Links
Other attractive sources of financial support are the prestigious fellowship/scholarship programs offered through institutions and professional societies such as the USDA, the NIH, the Institute of Food Technologists, the American Society of Nutritional Sciences, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics . Students with strong credentials are encouraged to apply.