Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies - Graduate Student Financial Support

USM offers a variety of financial support to help students pay their graduate education. For selected students, funds may include graduate assistantships, tuition waivers, and scholarships.

Graduate Students Guide to Financial Support

Graduate Studies Scholarship Application

The Office of Graduate Studies awards several scholarships and tuition waiver awards each year. Both new and returning students are eligible to apply, however there may be additional criteria for some awards. Students can submit the Graduate Studies Scholarship Application (a.k.a OGS Scholarship Application)  along with the required documents and will be considered for all OGS scholarships and tuition waivers. The awards are contingent upon annual available funding and range from a one year award to a four year award. Scholarships are awarded in variable amounts up to $3,000 per academic year. Tuition waivers are awarded in flexible credit increments up to eighteen credits per academic year.

In order to be eligible for this award students must be matriculated into a graduate program at USM, be enrolled in at least 6 graduate level credits in each semester in which they receive the award, and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward their degree (minimum 3.0 GPA).

Students who have not been accepted into a graduate program can still submit a scholarship application, however awards will be contingent upon acceptance and matriculation into a graduate program at USM. Students must submit an application for admission before applying for a scholarship.

Scholarship decisions will be based on the following criteria: GPA (minimum 3.0), demonstrated financial need, and a commitment to graduate studies. Applications are reviewed twice per year.

This process is open for the 2017-2018 academic year.

2017-2018 OGS Scholarship Application

Catharine Wilder Guiles Scholarship

In order to receive this scholarship students must be matriculated into either the MS in Nursing program, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration or the MSW program; be in the second year of their program with a demonstrated financial need; and be a Maine resident. Recipients must be interested in working in the adult mental health field. This scholarship is awarded for one year.

2016-2017 Catharine Wilder Guiles Scholarship Application

Expanding Horizons Scholarship

The Expanding Horizons Scholarship is for first-time non-matriculated graduate students. This scholarship is offered for the fall semester only.

Fall 2017 Expanding Horizons Scholarship

Applications for Fall 2017 are due: August 7, 2017


Program Financial Support

Please click on your program/school below for more information about financial support through your academic department.

Muskie School of Public Service





Graduate Assistantships

Other Job Opportunities for USM's Graduate Students

General USM Scholarships

FASTWEB (External Scholarships)


Federal Financial Aid - FAFSA

You must file your FAFSA form to be eligible for federal student loans for graduate study.  Indicate your interest in work-study on your application. Eligibility for work-study funds is determined by USM's Financial Aid Office.

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