Graduate education provides personal enrichment and a deeper understanding of some aspect of the world around us, but also is an important investment in the future of a community. It is an investment on the part of the student that opens the door to new careers, wider choices of work assignments, and greater opportunities for advancement to higher paying jobs. It is also an investment on the part of the university and the community as a whole in the training of the next generation of workers, leaders, educators, innovators, and contributing citizens. Besides the time investment, a graduate student has financial expenses that include tuition and education-related fees, instructional supplies, and living expenses. UCF helps to offer the opportunities provided by graduate education at a very reasonable cost.
For a significant portion of the graduate student population at UCF, the process of learning and being trained for disciplines that require graduate-level education includes participating in the research, teaching, and community-building missions of the University. This partnership between graduate students and the University is recognized by both the University and the State of Florida by means of financial support in the form of fellowships, tuition remission, and research and teaching assistantships. Many of the assistantship appointments represent professional opportunities as well as a means of financial support.
In order to qualify for fellowships, tuition remission, or assistantships, graduate students are expected to be enrolled full-time in a degree program. Assistantship appointments require the student to be engaged in paid appointments that promote the missions of the University. The details of these requirements are described in Financial Support Requirements, as well as in the fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, and health insurance pages in the Financial Information section of this catalog.