Financial Aid

Financial Aid


The Biology department offers Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) positions to a limited number of qualified students each year:

  • Awards total $15,000 per academic year, which includes $8000 for teaching four laboratory sections (two each semester), and $7000 in tuition remission ($3500 per semester).
  • Students are responsible for paying any remaining tuition beyond the $7000 awarded per year.
  • GTAs must be enrolled as a full-time student (at least 5 credit hours) during semesters in which the GTA is awarded and they must make satisfactory progress on their research thesis.
  • Students may work no more than 25 hours on-campus during the academic year (fall and spring semesters). Each course section taught by GTAs is considered 4.5 work hours, which counts toward the 25 hour maximum.
  • GTA positions are typically awarded for two years, but under special circumstances this may be altered.


Some Faculty Advisors may be able to support a graduate student with grant money, but all students are expected to be actively engaged in research regardless. Prospective students should discuss funding and the time commitment for research with potential Faculty Advisors.


Students are encouraged to explore additional sources of financial aid and scholarships summarized on the UCCS Graduate School website:

  • Students wishing to be nominated for the Graduate Research Fellowship must inform the Biology Graduate Program Director as soon as possible following notification of acceptance into the MSc program in Biology.