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Making ‘cents’ out of Graduate School

Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees are calculated based on the student’s place of residence. Some tuition exemptions are available at UTEP and are explained by the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Office of Student Financial Aid

Additional Expenses

There are additional expenses associated with earning your graduate degree beyond the tuition charged per credit hour of coursework. Some such costs include professional development opportunities (travel to conferences and institutes, event attendance, etc.), books and materials, and technology.

Borrowing Responsibly

For you to be considered for most forms of financial aid, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Even if you don’t plan to accept student loans, US citizens and eligible non-citizens should complete the form to be considered for certain need-based grants and other types of funding.
Office of Student Financial Aid


An important tool in establishing your financial literacy and success is a budget. Check out the resources below to help you conceptualize how to make ‘cents’ of grad school and beyond.

Budgeting Resources


Mint: Budgeting App (Android)

Mint: Budgeting App (iOS)

Financial Wellbeing

The UTEP Wellbeing website showcases resources to support our six primary areas of wellbeing: physical, emotional, financial, intellectual, environmental, and social.

UTEP Wellbeing

Finding a Job

Explore employment opportunities, on campus and off, through JobMine (accessible via your MyUTEP Dashboard or the Career Center) and The Division of Student Affairs’ webpage.

Career Center

Student Employment

Student Employment Guidelines

Offsetting Expenses

In addition to receiving income to offset living expenses, graduate student employees (GSEs) are eligible for certain benefits like assistantship opportunities, tuition waivers, and access to UTEP’s student health insurance plan (SHIP). Information about positions as a Research Assistant (RA), Graduate Assistant (GA), Teaching Assistant (TA), or Assistant Instructor (AI) are provided by each program.

Direct questions about tuition waivers to:

Direct questions about the student health insurance plan (SHIP) to:

Additional Aid for Graduate Students