Department of Art and Art History Design

Graduate Program Tuition and Support

Tuition and Fees

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

Texas Residents

Year 1
Year 2
Total for two-year program


Non-Residents of Texas *

Year 1
Year 2
Total for two-year program


* The Graduate Studies Committee strives to award non-resident tuition waivers to students who are not Texas residents. Most graduate students in Design thus pay only the Texas resident (in-state) tuition and fees.

Financial Assistance

The Design program automatically considers all students admitted to the M.F.A. program for the following types of financial assistance: merit-based university fellowships, need- and merit-based departmental scholarships, non-resident tuition waivers (if applicable), and teaching assistantships. Awards typically range from $1,000–$13,000 in the first year; in the second year, departmental scholarships are allocated by merit and typically range from $1,000–$5,000. These are often supplemented by a Teaching Assistantship.

Need-based Grants, Fellowships, and Scholarships

In order to be considered for need-based grants, fellowships, and scholarships, applicants should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than the March 15 priority deadline, and as soon as possible after submitting their application and federal tax return.

Teaching Assistantships (TAs)

TAs assist faculty in classrooms and/or monitor open-laboratory periods. In Fall 2015, TAs are paid $2,814 per semester for 10-hour appointments, and given tuition assistance of $1,892 per semester. For 20-hour per week positions, the salary is $5,627 per semester, and includes health insurance, resident tuition rates, and tuition assistance of $3,784 per semester.

Professional Development Scholarships

M.F.A. students in the Design Division may apply for funds to offset the expenses of conducting and presenting their research and creative activity. Amounts of up to $800 per year are awarded competitively based on the merit and impact of the proposed activity and departmental availability of funds.

Federal Student Loans

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 they have submitted their application and completed their federal tax return. Review the website of the University's Office of Student Financial Services for more information.

Other Funding Sources

Information about how to search for other sources of funding, including external fellowships, is available from the Graduate School: Funding Resources and Graduate Recruitment and Outreach Program.

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