Costs and Financial Aid

See the website of the Office of Budget and Planning for the most current information about resident & non-resident Tuition and Fees for Regular and Summer Terms. Be aware that the LSU Board of Supervisors may modify fees, board, and/or housing rates at any time without advance notice.

Graduate Assistantships

The Department offers a number of graduate assistantships to qualified students. Ordinary assistantships involve research, teaching assistance, and/or service under the supervision of one or more faculty members. Our basic Graduate Assistantships (GAs) funded by the department currently pay $14,000 for nine months with a tuition waiver. Research assistantships that come from grant funds are supervised by the faculty member offering the assistantship and may include a higher stipend (up to $25,000 for 12 months) and summer support. Separate applications are not required for this form of financial assistance. Starting their fourth year, our GAs usually teach independent sections of courses. Summer or Intersession teaching assistantships may be available. Continuation of assistantship funding depends on timely progress, defined by the milestones described under Graduate Course Requirements.

Graduate School Fellowships and Scholarships

The Graduate School offers a number of different fellowships and scholarships to exceptional and superior students. Among these are Graduate School Dissertation Fellowships, Huel D. Perkins Fellowship and Board of Regents Graduate Fellowships ($20,000 or $25,000/year for qualified students who contribute to diversity of the student population based on race, ethnicity, and economic background, including McNair Scholars). These are highly competitive, offer exceptional support, and are designed to compete for the top candidates in the nation. Separate applications are not required for them. Upon receiving promising candidates, the Director of Graduate Studies will make nominations for these awards.

Tuition and Fees

Foreign students from most countries are eligible for Tuition Awards (tuition exemptions) for two years.