Graduate student tuition cost and financial aid

Graduate student
2021– 2022 expenses

As a graduate student, you'll pay ASU for tuition and fees. Some programs charge differential or program specific tuition, which is in addition to the base tuition. See details on ASU’s tuition estimator. Housing and meals, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses will vary depending on your spending choices and should be budgeted into your college expenses.

 Arizona residentNonresident
Base tuition$11,720$23,544
Graduate student support fee$250$250
Student initiated fees$633$633
Housing and meals$12,162$12,162
Books and supplies$1,059$1,059
Total$32,632 $44,456

Types of financial aid

Fellowships and awards

You can apply for aid for graduate studies that does not need to be repaid through fellowships, grants and scholarships. These awards can come from ASU or other outside sources.

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Teaching and research assistantships are valuable ways to earn both experience and money within your academic unit. There are various types of employment for graduate students to consider. See what works for you.

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If you’ve exhausted all other options to help pay for college, you may need to consider loans. Though loan money must be repaid, federal loans typically offer the lowest interest rates. Learn more about loans and if they’re the right fit.

About loans

Applying for financial aid

To receive federal financial aid (grants, loans and work-study) you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year. The FAFSA opens every Oct. 1 and ASU’s priority filing date is Jan. 15. Aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early.

File your FAFSA 

Once you submit your FAFSA, check your Priority Actions box in My ASU regularly to be sure that ASU does not need any additional documents from you to verify your FAFSA. All requests will be listed in My ASU or sent to your ASU email.