How to Pay for Your Studies...
All qualified applicants and returning graduate students are automatically considered for financial assistance. No special application or additional materials are required. Notification of the award of financial aid is sent together with your departmental letter of acceptance.
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The most common form of financial assistance is a GRA. The maximum assistantship is a 0.49 FTE appointment for 12 months and pays $21,727 (Masters) to $22,568 (PhD) as of summer 2009. In addition, tuition is waived. An assistant is expected to pay incidental fees of about $530 per term. An assistant on a 0.49 FTE appointment normally spends one-third of his or her time on assigned projects during the academic year and full-time during the summer.
Because research assistantships are associated with individual faculty research projects, the major professor usually supervises work. Normally, this work serves as the basis for the student’s thesis, although the student may also be required to perform other research tasks. The number of assistantships varies from year to year depending on the research programs of the Department and availability of funds.
Through the generous support of donors, the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management is able to offer several full support graduate fellowships (equivalent to 0.49 FTE). These are similar to GRAs and can include a tuition scholarship. In 2009, the Forest Engineering, Resources and Management Department will allocate over $176,000 in fellowship support from the Richardson, Steward, Strachan and Lematta endowments.
The College of Forestry administers a number of fellowships that are typically intended to supplement other forms of financial support from the departmental level. Fellowship requirements vary. All recipients must meet academic standards and have taken the GRE. The Department Head nominates applicants and the College of Forestry Fellowship Committee considers nominees from all departments and awards the fellowships to the most qualified nominees.
Students on assistantships and fellowships must register for 16 credit hours each term of the academic year (fall, winter, and spring term). At least 4 of the 16 credit hours must be project or thesis hours. In order to maintain an assistantship through summer term a student must be registered for 9 credit hours. If you registered for more than 16 credit hours during the academic year (fall, winter, spring) or more than 12 during the summer, these additional hours are not included in tuition remission and you must cover the cost of these additional hours yourself.
The University Financial Aid Office administers student loans, grants, College Work-Study, and scholarship programs, including international student tuition scholarships.
The Financial Aid Office also helps students find part-time employment. For more information, call 541-737-2241 or write to:
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Oregon State University
218 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, OR 97331-2120