Finances are a concern for most graduate students and their families. there is no denying that graduate education is expensive. A variety of types of assistance are available- federal loans, work-study positions, scholarships, fellowships, graduate study research assistantships, full-time and temporary employment and private sources.

We are committed to providing students with the information needed to make informed decisions about financing their graduate education. Recently, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) published Financing Graduate Education: A Guide for Prospective Students (PDF), a brochure that highlights helpful tips and information regarding the financial aid process.

The Office for Student Financial Affairs (SFA) is the financial aid office at the University of Florida. SFA provides information about how to apply for financial aid at UF, deadlines, and financial aid programs. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application to apply for this assistance.


The University of Florida offers one of the highest quality, most affordable graduate education experiences in the country today. The cost of living in Gainesville is also relatively low, while having much to offer in the way of attractive natural, cultural and recreational amenities – especially compared with larger, more congested urban areas. Check our the current average costs of attendance now on UF Office of Admission website.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for graduate students is available from a number of sources both at the University of Florida itself, as well as from those offered by organizations outside the university that the UF Graduate School alerts you to. To learn about financial aid at UF, click here. For information on financial aid outside UF, click here.

  • To check your financial aid status, click here.
  • For information on applying for financial aid at UF, click here.
  • For information on receiving aid at UF, click here.
  • For information on Federal Student Aid (FASFA), click here.

Funding Opportunities for Prospective Students

  • HHP Graduate School Fellowship Award

    The Graduate School Fellowships are competitive and intended to be used to attract outstanding students to pursue a Ph.D. degree in one of the academic programs in the college. This award provides four (4) years of support if the awardee remains in good academic standing and makes good progress in their program.

  • Grinter Fellowship

    The Grinter Fellowship are named in honor of Dr. Linton E. Grinter, Dean of the Graduate School from 1952 to 1969. The fellowship recruits truly exceptional graduate students. To view more information on the Grinter Fellowship, click here.

  • McKnight Doctoral Fellowships

    The McKnight Doctoral Fellowships, funded by the Florida Education Fund (FEF), are for African-American students who are newly admitted to selected doctoral degree programs at universities in the state. To view more information on the McKnight Doctoral Fellowships, click here.

Funding Opportunities for Current Students

  • Federal Loans

    Filling out the FAFSA is the first step in receiving federal student aid. Loans are borrowed funds which must be repaid with interest after you are no longer a student. Some federal loans are awarded to students on the basis of need (Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Subsidized Loans). Need-based loans allow students to defer paying interest on these loans while they are enrolled at least half-time. Other federal loans are non-need based (Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans). Students borrowing from non-need based loan programs may defer interest on these loans while they are enrolled in school.

  • Graduate PLUS Loans

    Graduate PLUS Loans are loans for graduate and professional students who are ineligible for Unsubsidized Loans or need to supplement their Unsubsidized awards. For information on Graduate PLUS Loans, click here.

  • HHP Graduate Student Scholarships

    The college of HHP awards over $36,000 in scholarships annually, in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,000. Scholarship applications are accepted during the Spring semester and funds are disbursed during the Fall semester. The Scholarship Committee will make recommendations on each merit-based scholarship based on applicant qualifications and donor-stipulated conditions. Students are eligible to apply for up to three scholarships, with a maximum of one scholarship awarded per student. To view important notes about scholarships, the application process, and a complete list of all graduate scholarships, click here.

  • Graduate Campus Employment

    The Graduate School, Finances & Funding departments lists on-campus job openings for which colleges, departments, programs and other UF units are seeking graduate students for hire. The minimum requirement for the positions is current enrollment as a UF graduate student. For more details, click here.

Grant & Travel Funding Opportunities