Graduate-level students (pursuing Master’s/PhD) seeking aid to supplement any assistance being offered by The School of Liberal Arts and/or the various departments within the school should use this information to complete the aid application process.
The following checklists and cost of attendance figures are for School of Liberal Arts graduate-level students.
The School of Liberal Arts and/or the various departments within the school will notify incoming and continuing graduate level students of any merit-based scholarships, fellowships, and/or stipends. You are required to notify the Tulane Financial Aid Office of your receipt of such awards, as our office will then determine your eligibility for any federal student aid resources to supplement any aid received from the School and/or your department.
There are two kinds of stipends for awards for Tulane graduate students, service and non-service stipends. These differ based on whether or not your funding requires teaching, research, or other academic work.
A service stipend is funding that requires you to assist with teaching, research, or other academic work. If you have a stipend as a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant, it is considered a service stipend.
If you receive a service stipend, it will be paid directly to you through the payroll system. Service stipends are not included in calculating your eligibility for financial aid.
A non-service stipend is funding that does not require that you assist with teaching, research, or other academic work.
If you receive a non-service stipend, even though currently at Tulane a non-service stipend will be processed through the payroll system and not the financial aid system, it is nonetheless considered financial aid and will reduce your eligibility for educational loans. That is, non-service stipends are included in calculating your eligibility for financial aid. Therefore, it is crucial that both the student and financial aid office have a clear understanding of the nature of a student's stipend award/s, especially when a student is awarded both a service and a non-service stipend.