Paying for Graduate School

We know funding your graduate education is one of the most important considerations in choosing and completing your graduate program. In addition to staying in touch with your Financial Aid counselor, we have a few resources related to graduate funding.

Cost of Attendance

For estimates of current tuition and fees, see Student Financial Services.

Financial Aid

Being categorized as a graduate student has an effect on your eligibility for financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. Financial Aid also has information specific to graduate students.

Also visit the FAFSA application page:


Graduate students are eligible for many of the scholarships available through Humboldt State University. Search for them here!

Application opens: each January 1

Deadline: each April 1

Graduate Student Support

In addition to financial aid, other forms of support are available for graduate students. For example, employment as a student assistant, teaching associate, graduate assistant, and research technician or assistant are available in some programs. These positions are awarded on a competitive basis. Please check with the administrative assistant or graduate coordinator for each program.

Tuition Waivers

Two types of tuition waivers are available for graduate students: nonresident tuition waivers and fee waivers for graduate assistants/teaching associates.

Tuition Fee Waivers for Nonresident Students:

The university may waive nonresident tuition fees for individual students who display exceptional scholastic ability and prior scholastic achievement. To be eligible, students must enroll in a minimum of 10 units. Individual programs decide who receives the fee waiver allocation.

Tuition Fee Waivers for Graduate Assistants and Teaching Associates:

To be considered for financial assistance offered by some programs, including GA/TA fee waivers, be sure to file a FAFSA by March 2. Contact your department for details.

    • Only students who do not receive a SUG or other fee coverage will be eligible to receive a GA/TA waiver.
    • You must be appointed at a minimum of 15 hours/week as a graduate assistant or minimum of two WTU’s as a teaching associate and be enrolled for at least two units related to your academic program to receive a fee waiver.
    • The amount of the fee waiver will vary; students who enroll for six or fewer units will receive funding for half-time enrollment, and those that enroll in more than six units will receive support for full-time enrollment. You must enroll for at least seven academically relevant units to be eligible for a full-time waiver.
    • Effective 2014-15 AY GA/TA waivers are limited to 2 years (4 semesters) maximum, available only for eligible students who have completed no more than 125% of the published minimum units of the Masters' program.

Fellowships & Scholarships

The California Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program (CPSP or Pre-Doc) is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Upper division undergraduate and graduate students who apply for this program are sponsored by a faculty member within their academic discipline. Selected Pre-Doctoral Scholars receive $3,000 for one academic year to visit Ph.D. programs at universities throughout the US and to attend a professional meeting or conference in their academic discipline. In addition, Scholars may participate in a summer research program on their home campus or on a UC campus. Funds for these activities are provided by the CSU Chancellor's office. Applications for Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program are submitted online with the guidance of a CDIP Campus Coordinator by February 1, 2020. 
HSU Internal Deadline: January 24, 2020 
The Student Research Competition is held to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate research, scholarly, and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the twenty-three campuses of the California State University. Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at HSU as well as alumni/alumnae who received their degrees from HSU in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2019 are eligible.
Deadline: January 30, 2020
California State University students who are chosen for the prestigious California Pre-Doctoral Program are designated Sally Casanova Scholars. This program provides students with unique opportunities to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs. Scholars may participate in summer research internship programs at doctoral-granting institutions. For more information about opportunities for summer research, Sally Casanova Scholars may contact Graduate Programs Specialist, Terri Fisher.  
HSU Internal Deadline: February 28, 2020
These awards recognize the outstanding graduating student graduating with a master’s degree from each program. Students who will have completed a master’s degree between May 2019 and May 2020 are eligible.
Deadline: April 3, 2020
The application opens each year in July and the deadline is the first Wednesday of October at 11:59 EST.