College of Engineering Office of Graduate Studies

Financial Assistance

The University of Toledo and the College of Engineering are committed to helping find ways to make a college education affordable for UT students and their families. The assignment of an award is made by the admitting department, and does not necessarily happen at the same time as an admission decision is made.

The College of Engineering currently offers the following types of Financial Assistance:


Financial assistance will normally cover the cost of student tuition for those courses that are part of the plan of study only. Tuition scholarships do not cover additional fees such as general fee or technology fee. In addition, students will generally be responsible for charges added to their accounts resulting from courses dropped after the refund deadline. 

In addition to the scholarships posted on the College of Graduate Studies (COGS) website, other scholarships for graduate students can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarship Search website.


Assistantships are available for students studying for advanced degrees. Students holding assistantships receive a stipend for service as assistants and a tuition fee award. The assignment of an assistantship position is made by the admitting department, and does not necessarily happen at the same time as an admission decision is made.

renewal of assistantships

The receipt of an award does not imply a commitment by the department for subsequent years. In particular, teaching and research assistantships are awarded for a specified period of time with the amount of the award included in the letter of appointment to the student. If there is to be a continuation of the award beyond the specified period, the student will receive a subsequent letter of appointment.

For incoming full-time students receiving initial assitantships (particularly TA funding), support beyond the initial academic year is primarily dependent on availability of funds, student performance, and recommendation from the research adviser.


Assistantship appointments are usually granted on a semester-by-semester basis. 

Prospective students can make an assistantship request directly through the UT Application Form, or by filling out the Graduate Assistantship Application form and sending it to Continuing students can make an assistantship request through their specific departments.

The College of Engineering awards assistantships in the form of Teaching Assistantships (TA) or Research Assistantships (RA)

Teaching Assistantship (TA)

Some students receive a Teaching Assistantship (TA), which includes a graduate stipend, plus the cost of tuition. A graduate teaching assistant will either participate directly in teaching a class or provide related support activities to a faculty member or the department. Students receiving a TA should expect to devote 20 hours per week in their teaching efforts. Teaching Assistantships are directly funded by the College of Engineering, and do not cover any additional fees such as general fee or technology fee.

Research Assistantship (RA)

A graduate research assistant participates in externally funded research guided by a faculty member, who will determine specific responsibilities. Students receiving a RA should expect to devote 20 hours per week in their research efforts.
All RA appointments will include support for tuition provided by research grants. Some RA appointments may cover the cost of fees (general fee, technology fee, and medical insurance), depending on the available funding and the discretion of the research adviser.
Continuation of support is contingent on the availability of funds and the student's progress toward fulfilling degree requirements. The student's research adviser will determine the level of support and if sufficient progress has been made to continue the RA appointment.


Graduate fellowships may also be available and are awarded to outstanding students. In general, fellowships are competitive and available through the College of Graduate Studies. Deadlines for candidate applications are announced annually.
In the College of Engineering, fellowships require the awardee to be involved in providing professional development that support the research mission of the College.

Fellowships awards vary depending on their source. However, full fellowships generally provide a stipend that is comparable to a full graduate assistantship, as well as tuition. Fellowship students do not have specific work assignments; however, they must satisfy any stipulation set by the fellowship source as well as maintain an acceptable level of academic performance and make appropriate progress on their thesis/dissertation research.

The College of Engineering currently offers two fellowships:

Doctoral Instrumentation Fellowship

Open to all doctoral students in the College of Engineering who have completed their PhD qualifying/comprehensive examinations and expect to remain in their doctoral program for 3 more years. Recipients will be required to work 20 hours per week at the Center for Materials and Sensor Characterization (CMSC) in the College of Engineering under the supervision of the Center Director. A three-year commitment is expected at the time of the appointment.

Engineering Writing Fellowship

In partnership with the University of Toledo Writing Center, engineering writing fellows advance the core mission of the University by supporting the research and scholarship of students and faculty in the College of Engineering. Writing fellows receive professional writing training and support, and in exchange they will foster a writing-culture within the College. All doctoral engineering students are encouraged to apply.
Application process opens at the beginning of the spring semester; selected recipients are trained in April and early May, with funding starting in the summer. This appointment has a one-year commitment.

Additional financial assistance for prospective and current graduate students can be found by accessing the College of Graduate Studies (COGS) website.

Last Updated: 9/11/19