Student Funding

Our college has a variety of fellowships and assistantships specifically for new incoming students which typically fund 70-90% of our new students. All new applicants are automatically considered for first year college funding. On average, the pay for master's students is $21,000 and $23,000 for PhD students annually (fall, spring, summer). Fellowships and Assistantships normally include a tuition waiver or payment (covering approximately 80-100% of your total tuition expenses) and subsidized health insurance premiums.  

Graduate Assistantships

There are a number of Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantship positions available to new and current students. Please review our Graduate Assistantships web page for more details:

Graduate Assistantships


The University of South Florida has Fellowships that incoming students can apply for during their senior year of undergraduate study. Information regarding these Fellowships can be found here (  Incoming and existing students may also apply for the College of Marine Science Endowed Fellowships in January.  Information regarding these fellowships can be found here: (CMS Endowed Fellowships).  In addition, the top four students entering the College of Marine Science, are awarded four endowed Von Rosenstiel Fellowships, which provides a full year of stipends, tuition waivers, and a $2000 expense account to assist with their educational/research expenses.  Additional details regarding funding and application deadlines, including underrepresented minority funding from NSF, the McKnight Foundation (deadline January 15), and the Sloan Foundation, can be obtained by sending an email to:

Federal Financial Aid

Information about Federal and State sponsored student loans can be obtained from the
Financial Aid Services department on the Tampa campus (Phone:813-974-4700 ). Please review the following web page for more details:

Financial Aid Services Department