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Costs and Funding

There has never been a better time to explore UNF's graduate programs. We offer affordable, high quality programs with available financial aid from multiple sources. Browse our awards, assistantships, and programs below for more information!

Exclusive Graduate Tuition Rate

UNF offers an exclusive graduate tuition rate for UNF bachelor’s seeking students and recent graduates. There has never been a better time to explore UNF’s graduate programs with an anticipated 17% growth in employment in master’s level occupations by 2026.

Who is eligible?

Current undergraduate UNF students who are seeking a bachelor’s degree and enroll in graduate coursework are eligible. Most qualified students are enrolled in accelerated bachelor’s to master’s level programs or have been approved to take graduate level courses. Students who have recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree are also eligible provided they matriculate into a graduate program within three terms of graduating. Students who continue taking courses without formal admission are ineligible.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are state-classified university positions supported with university or grant funds and made available through the individual college in which your program of study is housed. Eligibility for an assistantship is limited to graduate students who are officially accepted into a degree program and who are registered full-time in graduate level courses for the Fall and Spring terms. Full-time enrollment is considered nine (9) credit hours of graduate level courses for masters students, six (6) credit hours of graduate level courses for doctoral students for Fall and Spring semesters. In special circumstances for students graduating at the end of a term, a reduction in class load may be approved. An Assistantship Criteria Exception Form will be required detailing the reasons for not being enrolled full-time. For the summer term only, the Assistantship Criteria Exception Form is waived for reduced enrollment. All graduate assistants are required to uphold a 3.0 cumulative GPA to maintain their award. Graduate students who wish to apply for an assistantship should contact the Graduate Program Director for their program of study.

  • Students registered with the DRC are encouraged to contact the Graduate School for information about how accommodations and exceptions may impact eligibility.
  • An in-state tuition waiver up to 9 credit hours will be awarded to select graduate students hired at a minimum of .25 FTE (minimum of 10 hours per week) as a graduate assistant, graduate teaching assistant, or graduate research assistant. Please note, not all positions are awarded partial in-state tuition waiver. The Dean of the college in which your program of study is housed approves in-state waiver and notifies the Graduate School prior to it being awarded. When hired, your department should let you know if you know if you will receive a tuition waiver. The tuition waiver is only good for semesters during which the student is employed. 
  • In accordance with university regulations, a graduate student hired at a minimum of .25 FTE (minimum of 10 hours per week) as a graduate assistant, graduate teaching assistant, or graduate research assistant, and who is, for tuition purposes, an out-of-state resident, will have the out-of-state tuition reduction applied to their account. The tuition reduction is only good for semesters during which the student is employed.
  • A student that withdraws from courses and no longer meets the registration requirements, or whose position is terminated prior to the final withdrawal deadline of the semester in which their position is held, will have their in-state tuition waiver and/or out-of-state tuition reduction adjusted accordingly or reversed. This may result in an outstanding balance being owed. Refer to the Academic Calendar for the final withdrawal deadline.
  • Effective Spring 2022, as required by Florida Statute 1010.35, the University of North Florida will collect additional information from applicants seeking research or research-support (Graduate Research Assistant) positions prior to an interview or an offer of employment. This information is not used in the evaluation of qualifications for the position. Your hiring department will provide you the Graduate Foreign Influence Review Form link.

Graduate Assistant Handbook

GTA Orientation 

All Graduate Teaching Assistants are required to take the GTA Orientation in Canvas. An email invite will be sent upon approval of your position. Please monitor your UNF email.

Employer Reimbursement Plan

The University of North Florida’s Employer Reimbursement Plan is designed for graduate students whose employers offer reimbursement for tuition and related fees. Since employer reimbursement is usually issued at the end of a term, the plan allows participants to defer their course payments until after the term has been completed. There are no finance charges.

The completed form must be submitted by e-mail or in person to Student Financial Services, Bldg. 53, Suite 1100, on or before the payment deadline each semester. Forms submitted after 5:00 PM on the payment deadline will not be accepted. Refer to the Academic Calendar for dates.

Questions should be directed to Student Financial Services

Eligibility

Participation in the Employer Reimbursement Plan is open to graduate students who have enrolled in a degree program at UNF and are in good academic standing, and whose employer will reimburse them for at least a portion of their tuition and fees upon successful completion of course work. Eligibility is contingent upon verification from the student’s employer affirming that the student is eligible for tuition and/or fee reimbursement. Students with a negative account history, past due balance, or insufficient employer documentation are not eligible.

Application

If you who wish to take advantage of the Employer Reimbursement Plan, you must complete the Employer Reimbursement Plan Application and submit it on or before the Fee Payment Deadline each term.

Applicant: Please complete Sections A–B and submit to your employer for verification. 

Employer: Please review Sections A–B, complete Section C, and return to the student for submission to UNF.

Alternatively, an approved company tuition reimbursement form or similar official document with the same information as Section C can be submitted.

Upon acceptance of your application and completion of your registration, a deferment will be placed on your account reflecting the expected payment from your employer. This will prevent late charges from accumulating on your account and also allow you to register for the next term during the early registration period. You will still be expected to pay any tuition and fees that are not covered by your employer by the normal due date. For example, if your employer is covering 75% of your tuition only, you will be required to pay the remaining 25% plus fees. Payment of the portion of your tuition and fees covered by your employer for the specified term will be deferred until 30 days after the term ends; allowing time for your employer to reimburse you.

The student remains responsible for submitting complete payment to UNF regardless of whether their employer reimburses them. UNF does not bill your employer! It is your responsibility to submit your grades and any necessary paperwork to your employer as soon as possible to ensure that reimbursement is promptly received. Late payment fees will be assessed if payment for the portion of tuition and fees that are the student's responsibility is not received by the fee payment deadline, or if payment in full is not made by the deferment deadline.

Graduate School Awards

Email: GraduateSchoolAwards@unf.edu 

In order to be eligible for any of the awards offered by the Graduate School, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the FAFSA online and enter UNF's school code: 009841. For more information, refer to the Financial Aid Checklist. Please note that students may not be able to accept multiple awards and, if necessary, will be required to forfeit an award.  

Complete the FAFSA
  • About

    With support from UNF's Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLO) program, the Graduate School offers a limited number of grants each semester to graduate students pursuing experiences that are potentially transformative, both for advancing their scholarship and creativity and for expanding their future career opportunities. 

    Students may apply for the grant of $600 in one of two categories:

    1. Funding for research, creative activities, or training/clinical experience. Examples of appropriate expenditures include travel for research; expenses for an unpaid internship; and purchase of supplies, equipment, or data sets considered important for scholarly or creative work.
    2. Funding for disseminating the results of research. Examples of appropriate expenditures include article processing fees or subventions; and registration and travel for presenting a paper or poster at a professional conference.
  • Eligibility

    To qualify, applicants must meet all of the following requirements when they apply, which must also be maintained during the semester in which the grant funds are disbursed:  

    • Completion of at least 9 credit hours in their program of study.
    • Good Academic Standing, with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
    • Enrollment in at least one (1) credit hour (audited coursework will not count towards this requirement) during the term in which the grant will be awarded.
    • Submit proof of the activity with the application, e.g., proof of being accepted to present at a conference.
    Notes
    • Masters students can only receive one award.
    • Doctoral students can only receive two awards.
    • Funds cannot be used to pay costs associated with tuition and fees.
    • Funds can only be used on travel, registration, research expenditures, etc. for the awarded student.
    • Funding for the graduate research grant is intended to support independent or small research group (3-4 students) student efforts. Students participating in class group activities are not eligible.
    • Applications may be submitted for activities taking place in the next term. If approved, funding will be disbursed during the application term.
    • Proof of participation in the form of receipts and a report must be submitted by the end of the term in which the activity is completed. If these materials are not received, or you do not participate in the activity as outlined on the application, the funds will be revoked.
  • Application and Deadline

    To be considered for this award, the completed application must be:  

    • Submitted using Online Forms in myWings:
      1. Click the Student Records tile
      2. Select the Student Forms menu option
      3. Click on Online Forms
      4. Select the appropriate application under Graduate School
        • Please monitor your award application by clicking Online Form Status
    • Submitted no sooner than the start date of the term immediately prior to the term in which the activity will take place. Applications may also be submitted during the term in which the activity will take place, so long as it is before the deadline and funding is still available. 
    • Received no later than the deadline for the term in which the grant will awarded.

    Deadline: Two weeks prior to the final withdrawal deadline of each term. This grant is awarded on a first come, first service basis. Funding is limited and applications may close prior to the deadline. Applications for the current term and subsequent term may submitted on or after the first day of classes of the current term.
  • About

    The Graduate School Grant provides financial means for graduate programs to recruit high caliber students. Graduate programs should use these funds to recruit prospective students who exhibit commendable academic merit and the highest financial need, or who otherwise make a significant contribution to the program of study. This grant awards first time graduate students with a total of $5,000 each academic year (split between fall and spring semesters) and can be awarded for up to two years as long as the student remains eligible. Thus, students who qualify will be granted a $10,000 award for their graduate education. Students moved from the waitlist may only be eligible to receive the Graduate School Grant for one academic year, and granted a $5000 award for their graduate education.

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible for the grant, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

    • Be a first time degree seeking graduate student at UNF admitted for the summer 2022 or fall 2022 term. Students who were previously enrolled as post-baccalaureate or in a graduate certificate program at UNF are eligible. 
    • Show financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA. Priority will be given to those applicants that have a FAFSA on file for the upcoming academic year by the grant application deadline.
    • Show academic merit as evidenced by a recalculated graduate admissions GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
    • Be enrolled full time in their degree program (Programs may determine what is considered full time for their nominees but it may be no fewer than 6 credit hours).
    • Remain in Good Academic Standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the duration of the award  
    • Are either citizens or permanent resident aliens (a copy of your card must be provided) of the United States. 
  • Application and Deadline

    To be considered for this award, prospective students must have a grant application and an admissions application for an eligible term submitted by the posted deadline. Priority will be given to those applicants that have a FAFSA on file for the upcoming academic year by the grant application deadline. The admissions application does not need to be complete to be considered for the grant.

    • The grant is submitted using Online Forms in myWings
      1. Click the Student Records tile
      2. Select the Student Forms menu option
      3. Click on Online Forms
      4. Select the appropriate application under Graduate School
        • Please monitor your award application by clicking Online Form Status
    • Submit a FAFSA for the upcoming academic year
    • Submit an admissions application

    Opens: February 7, 2022
    Deadline: April 1, 2022 
  • About

    The Auzenne Fellowship is designed to assist Florida's State Universities in increasing the enrollment of students who are historically underrepresented in specific disciplines along the dimensions of ethnicity and gender. Under this program, graduate students are nominated to receive awards of $5,000 each ($2,500 per semester; fall/spring or both) for year-long, full-time study. Fellowship recipients are also eligible for a tuition waiver provided in the award terms. 

    Awards will not be granted to the same Auzenne Fellows for more than two academic years. Recipients who are eligible for renewal will automatically be awarded the next year as long as the requirements outlined on the Acceptance Agreement are still met. 

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible, students must meet all of the following criteria:  

    • Have been accepted into select graduate disciplines and professional programs where minority graduate students are disproportionately under-represented;
    • Have demonstrated initiative in pursuing educational goals and possess the qualifications to assure satisfactory progress toward future educational goals;
    • Are either citizens or permanent resident aliens (a copy of your card must be provided) of the United States.
    • Have been classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes for at least 1 year preceding the award of aid (Florida Statute 1009.21). 
  • Application and Deadline

    To be considered for this award, the application and supporting documentation must be submitted as a complete packet. After the application has closed, a review committee will convene. Applicants should be notified in May or June. Please note, due to limited funding, there are limited new awards for the 2022-2023 academic year. Priority is granted to doctoral students working towards dissertation completion.

    • Submitted using Online Forms in myWings:
      1. Click the Student Records tile
      2. Select the Student Forms menu option
      3. Click on Online Forms
      4. Select the appropriate application under Graduate School
        • Please monitor your award application by clicking Online Form Status
    • Documents submitted in-person, e-mail, or by mail will not be accepted

    Deadline: April 29, 2022
  • About

    The Jim and Millie Milligan Family Foundation Presidential Fellowship is a fellowship awarded to outstanding University of North Florida graduate students. Eligible students must meet graduate admission requirements and be accepted to the University of North Florida, earn and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00, and be enrolled full-time (9 credit hours).  The Graduate School will administer an application and selection process. The Provost, through the Graduate School, will identify and recommend a nominee to the President. For the 2021-2022 academic year, fellowship recipient(s) will receive an award in the amount of $5,000.

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:  

    • Be an active graduate student admitted and enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
    • Are either citizens or permanent resident aliens (a copy of your card must be provided) of the United States. 
    • Have an overall graduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.  
    • Be enrolled full-time (9 credit hours)
  • Application and Deadline

    To be considered for this award, applicants must:

    • Complete the Data Sharing Consent Form
    • Visit UNF Academic Works to submit the Jim and Millie Milligan Family Foundation Presidential Fellowship
      • You will be required to complete the Consent Form and General Application before applying to awards from specific colleges and units
    • Submit a one-page written statement explaining how the fellowship will assist you in meeting your academic goals will be required with the award application

    Deadline: June 24, 2022

    Graduate Program Director Nomination Deadline: June 29, 2022
  • About

    The Key Bradbury STEM Fellowship provides financial means for graduate programs to recruit high caliber students. Graduate programs should use these funds to recruit prospective students who exhibit commendable academic merit and a history of leadership. This fellowship awards first time graduate students with a total of $10,000 each academic year (split between fall and spring semesters) and is awarded for up to two years as long as the student remains eligible. Thus, students who qualify will be granted a $20,000 scholarship for their graduate education.

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet all of the following requirements: 

    • Be a first time Doctoral or Master's degree seeking graduate student at UNF admitted for the summer 20XX or fall 20XX term. Students who were previously enrolled as post-baccalaureate or in a graduate certificate program at UNF are eligible. 
    • Show academic merit as evidenced by a recalculated graduate admissions GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
    • Provide a letter of recommendation from a professor or dean.
    • Write essay of no more than 500 words that describes your leadership experience.
    • Be enrolled full time in a STEM designated Doctoral or Master's degree program (Programs may determine what is considered full time for their nominees but it may be no fewer than 6 credit hours per semester). STEM programs are defined based on the Florida Board of Governors Strategic Plan.
      • At UNF, this currently includes graduate programs in Biology, Building Construction, Business Analytics, Computing, Educational Technology and Training, Engineering, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Material Science and Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, and Psychological Science
    • Remain in Good Academic Standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the duration of the award.
  • Application and Deadline

    To be considered for this award, applicants must:

    • Complete the Data Sharing Consent Form
    • Visit UNF Academic Works to submit the Key Bradbury STEM Fellowship 
      • You will be required to complete the Consent Form and General Application before applying to awards from specific colleges and units
    • Submit a letter of recommendation from a professor or dean and an essay of no more than 500 words that describes your leadership experience will be required with the application
      • Leadership experience includes, but is not limited to, athletic team involvement, school club or greek organization officer, youth group leader, volunteer service leadership, etc
    • Complete an application for graduate admission
      • The admissions application does need to be on file by the posted award deadline, but does not need to be complete 

    Deadline: April 29, 2022
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