Financial support in the form of an assistantship or fellowship is sometimes needed to provide financial security and the resources necessary to successfully complete a graduate program. For these reasons, the department encourages faculty advisors to accept only those students for whom there is sufficient financial support available to guarantee the student will have a quality graduate experience.
To learn about financial aid opportunities, visit the Financial Aid Office’s website or contact one of their representatives.
Scholarships and Awards
Learn about the various scholarships and funding opportunities awarded through Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Texas A&M University.
Fellowships and Grants
Students interested in fellowship programs through the department must apply no later than February 15. A completed application must be on file for faculty to prepare and submit fellowship nominations. Fellowship recipients have until April 15 to make a decision on accepting any fellowship offers unless otherwise noted.
All students are required to pay tuition to Texas A&M during their tenure as a graduate student. This tuition will either be at a resident rate or a much higher non-resident rate, depending on the student’s classification. Texas residents pay the resident rate, while students who are not state residents may be eligible for an out-of-state tuition waiver (i.e., they pay the resident rate) if the minimum requirements are met. Applicants should understand their status relative to tuition classification before agreeing to any funding (or lack of funding). Out-of-state tuition is expensive and can burden an unsupported student, which is one of the reasons the department discourages unsupported admission to the graduate program.
A limited number of students are selected by the department each semester for the few state-funded assistantships. Selections for these assistantships are primarily based on fulfilling teaching responsibilities of the department, and not based strictly on graduate students’ financial needs. Teaching assistants (GATs) normally are selected by the professor teaching the course in question. All students who will serve as GATs must fulfill all requirements of the TAMU Teaching Assistant Training and Evaluation Program (TATEP). Additionally, foreign students must score at least an 80 on the English Language Proficiency Exam (ELPE) before they can be considered for a GAT position. A few non-teaching graduate assistantships (GANTs) and research assistantships (GARs) also are assigned to support departmental needs. Departmental assistantships can typically support only a small fraction (<10%) of departmental students, so these assistantships should not be viewed as a likely source of funding for most students’ programs.
Graduate Assistants – Teaching (GATs) will be chosen by the graduate programs office. If you are interested in being a graduate teaching assistant, please contact the graduate advisor. You will need to fill out a TA application.
The vast majority of departmental students are supported by Graduate Assistants – Research (GARs) provided by a research grant and contract funds secured by the student’s advisor. Individual faculty members are in complete control of their grant and contract funds, and make all decisions as to who is employed with these funds. Incoming students should understand this type of funding is likely to be the only type available to support their program, so the student should get a clear statement of funding intentions from their advisor(s) before they enter the graduate program.
State-mandated health insurance is provided for state-supported graduate students (and their families) who meet certain qualifications. The student must be employed as a GAT, GANT, or GAR for at least 4.5 months of the fiscal year and at 50% full-time equivalent (FTE) to qualify. In general, fellowship recipients do not qualify for this coverage, although other types of limited coverage may be available. Students should be familiar with their insurance status before agreeing to any type of financial support.