Department of Art and Art History Art Education / Visual Art Studies

Graduate Program Tuition and Support

Applicants are strongly urged not to wait for notification of admission before filing your Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application, even if you do not intend on taking out student loans. Failure to do so could result in delay or disqualification from certain types of financial support.

Tuition and Fees

Effective September 1, 2015. Tuition and fees are established by the State of Texas Legislature and are subject to change.

Tuition and Fees for entire 2-year, 36-hour MA program

Texas Residents
Non-Residents of Texas *


* The faculty's goal is to make awards to all non-residents of Texas that waive the non-resident portion of tuition. Tuition Waivers forgive the non-resident portion of tuition for out-of-state and international students, cutting the cost almost in half. Therefore, it is very likely that each admitted student will only be charged resident (in-state) tuition for both years.

Additional Financial Information

Tuition, Fees, and Other Costs
Financing Your Education


Need-Based Fellowships

Admitted students may be eligible for need-based departmental fellowships. Therefore we strongly recommend that all U.S. applicants apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), thereby making them eligible for consideration for these need-based fellowships. (See Student Loans below).

Recruitement Fellowships

A limited number of recruitment fellowships will be offered to accepted students from the Department of Art and Art History, the College of Fine Arts, and the Office of Graduate Studies. All applicants are automatically considered for these fellowships based on their application materials. Students do not apply for these directly. These fellowships range from $1,000–$12,000.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistants (TAs) provide support to faculty members with specific classes. All students can apply for appointment as TAs during their second year of study on campus. Appointments of TAs are made on a semester-by-semester basis. Appointees can be terminated due to negligence either in work duties or graduate studies. Appointments follow departmental criteria, receive approval by the Department Chair, and are subject to the availability of funds. The Department of Art and Art History neither guarantees nor promises graduate student TA support during a student’s course of study.

Travel Awards

The Department also has limited funds to support conference attendance and research travel. These grants are awarded in the fall semester of both years of study, based on a written proposal.

Federal Student Loans and University Grants

Graduate students from the U.S. (citizens or permanent residents) are automatically eligible for Federal Stafford loans as independent students. Students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as their application to the graduate school has been submitted, and they have completed their federal tax return. Review the Web site of the University's Office of Student Financial Services for more information.

Information about how to search for other sources of funding and external fellowships is available from the Graduate School: Funding Resources and Awards.