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, graduate@jsums.edu 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 full tuition waiver. 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.

Click here for the application…. Graduate Aid Application.

Graduate Out-of-State Tuition-waiver (50% waiver)

The Division of Graduate Studies accepts applications from Non-resident students requesting out-of-state-fee assistance. The applicant must be a graduate student, enrolling at Jackson State University for the first time. Students previously enrolled do not qualify.  Students must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above and must maintain a 3.5 Cumulative GPA for renewal each semester.  Maximum award renewal: Master’s = 4 semesters; Specialist = 6 semesters; Doctoral = 8 semesters. Deadline for application: July 15

Click here for the application Out of State Fee Waiver Application

Graduate Diversity Scholarship

Students who wish to apply for a diversity scholarship must be admitted to the Division of Graduate Studies as a degree seeking student and must complete the University’s Application for a Diversity Scholarship. Preference is given to Mississippi residents. Applications are available from department chairs and academic deans or designee. Students should apply directly to the department chair and academic dean or designee of the desired major field. Scholarships are awarded per academic year. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1.

Click here for  the application… Diversity Scholarship Application

Grants, Fellowships & Other External Funding Opportunities

American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC)

PHI KAPPA PHI Fellowships & Dissertation Fellowships

S.M.A.R.T.

Minority Fellowship Program Opportunities

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Open Education Database- PhD Scholarships