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Funding Your Graduate Education

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Boise State University recognizes that funding your graduate education is an important factor in your decision to pursue an advanced degree. The cost of attending Boise State is competitive with many other universities and the cost of living in Boise is surprisingly affordable. Varying levels of funding support may be available through graduate assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, and federal or private loans.


Many academic departments offer graduate assistantships to highly qualified students. In the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering, Master of Science and Ph.D. students are considered for assistantships during the admissions process. Availability is dependent upon funding. Highlights of an assistantship in our program include the following:

  • A competitive annual stipend and registration fee waiver is included.
  • Non-resident tuition is waived.
  • Graduate assistants perform research in the laboratory.
  • Graduate assistants serve as teaching assistants for up to two semesters during their enrollment in the program.

We encourage you to contact individual program faculty to inquire about the availability of assistantships in their research groups.


Fellowships are financial awards that provide funding with varying stipulations such as performing research and studying a specific area of expertise, maintaining a minimum GPA, submitting regular progress reports and or a comprehensive report upon graduation.

Many externally funded fellowships are available. The Micron School of Materials is happy to help highly qualified candidates prepare competitive fellowship applications. Consider applying for the following fellowships:

Visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fellowship database for other excellent fellowship opportunities. provides an excellent database of fellowship opportunities.


Scholarships are financial awards that are typically provided in one lump sum, which may or may not be renewable. Free national scholarship internet search programs and websites can assist students with identifying scholarship opportunities.

Federal and Private Student Loans

Federal and private student loans are available through various application processes. Federal student loans often offer a fixed interest rate and income-based repayment plans. Private loans can be more expensive than federal student loans. Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, offers a great comparison of federal vs. private student loans.

At Boise State, graduate student financial aid consideration differs from the typical undergraduate program.  The Boise State University Financial Aid Office can assist you with completing a financial aid application.