Scholarships and other financial assistance are available at MSU. The Graduate Merit Scholarship will be sent out to all enrolled and newly admitted students in late February for the following academic year. If you have questions, please contact Sierra Trenhaile at

Be sure to contact the graduate coordinator of your department for information about discipline specific scholarships and available positions as a Graduate or Teaching Assistant.

The Arbor Creek Scholarship, courtesy of Haley Residential, awards one graduate student an apartment rent free for an entire year. The application form will be sent out when made available each year.

For students who have been a graduate student for at least one term, you may apply for the Graduate Student Ambassador scholarship. Information about this scholarship and requirements will be sent to you via email as spots are available. 

Graduate students can apply for a Student Travel Scholarship, which helps students cover the cost of travel expenses associated with presenting research. The application form can be found in the Graduate Student Resources community in myMSUTEXAS, and the application must be submitted with budget justification form and supporting documentation.

McNair Scholars, upon showing proof of eligibility will be awarded $1,000 a year, for two years.

Support for Students’ Conduct of Research and Creative Activities

The purpose of the Dr. Billie Doris McAda Graduate Student Awards for Research and Creative Activities is to assist graduate students in conducting well-defined and purposeful scholarly activities, including research and creative endeavors that contribute to professional growth and enhance the graduate school experience at the University.  Activities must pertain to the graduate student’s discipline, or disciplines in the case of interdisciplinary work, and are to result in thesis research or a product that will be disseminated in a professional public venue (exhibition, publication, presentation, etc.). A graduate student applying for funding must indicate a graduate faculty mentor. The graduate faculty member must hold graduate faculty status.

Opportunities to present at conferences

As part of the Dr. Billie Doris McAda endowment, a graduate student may be awarded up to $500 to present their research findings or their creative projects at a professional, scholarly or scientific conferences. These opportunities enrich  the student’s graduate experience and help to disseminate research findings to a broader audience through professional and scientific conferences. Please speak to your graduate coordinator for more information. Allow for time to process the appropriate documents to receive the award. 

Other scholarship information is found on the Donor Services website.

For questions regarding financial aid, visit the Office of Financial Aid webpage.