The Bush School provides a number of merit and criteria-based financial awards for students to support their graduate study. Both domestic and international students are eligible for consideration, unless otherwise noted. All students currently receive awards at some level. Criteria for consideration are listed below. Please note that while need-based aid is not considered here at the Bush School, it is at Texas A&M University's Scholarships & Financial Aid Office. U.S. citizens and permanent residents interested in federal aid should fill out the FAFSA form as they apply. International students seeking additional financial support should look to Texas A&M's International Student Services website for information.
No separate application is required for award consideration. We will grant aid awards in March.
Bush School Scholarships are the centerpiece of the school's financial aid program. The scholarships are merit-based and all admitted MPSA and MIA residential students without significant sponsorship/fellowships are considered. Levels of aid vary in increments from $1,000 to $15,000 a year. Bush School Scholarships do not require a work commitment in exchange for the aid and are renewed in the second year if a minimum GPA is achieved.
Non-resident tuition waivers are available for out-of-state MPSA and MIA applicants who receive a competitive-based scholarship worth $1,000 or more. Since we have a competitive pool and grant scholarships to all incoming residential students, all of our non-residents save approximately $10,000 per year off the non-resident rates.
The Robertson Fellows Program, funded by The Robertson Foundation for Government and the Bush School, is an opportunity for students with a commitment to a career in the federal government in foreign policy, national security, and/or international affairs to receive funding to cover full expenses associated with completing a master's degree in two years. Support includes a mix of tuition and fee and living aid as well as enhancements through subsidized health insurance and internship support. Fellows in year one will be on full scholarship support and year two will be a blend of scholarship resources and assistantship responsibilities.
This program also includes special meetings with the Fellows nationally and with Foundation staff, assistance in securing federal employment, and opportunities to network with Robertson alumni. Selected fellows will be U.S. citizens, must have proficiency in a foreign language by graduation, and are required to work for the federal government for three of their initial seven years after graduation.
The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGAPS) funds several competitive scholarships through a departmental nomination process. Students must meet the priority application deadline to be considered. For the Graduate Merit Fellowships, students must be extremely competitive academically; the Bush School offers only 1-2 per degree. For the Diversity Fellowships, students should be from an underserved group, have strong community or campus commitment to others, and have solid academic merit to be considered. Each award is worth approximately $30,000 a year.
Graduate Assistant - researchers (GARs) or non-teaching (GANTs) may provide a source of financial aid for second-year students within the Bush School. These are competitively awarded, with academic achievement in year one, or certain qualifications, as central considerations. Graduate assistants work with faculty or staff for 20 hours per week, earning a stipend and insurance aid. Some of these are tied to the above OGAPS awards. Students who receive a Bush School GA position, must give up their original Bush School Scholarship, as they cannot double dip from our funds.
Graduate Assistantships (GAs) may also be procured elsewhere on the Texas A&M campus through the Texas A&M student employment site, as well as networking on campus. Graduate assistants in other departments also work with faculty or staff for 20 hours per week, earning a stipend and insurance aid. Students who receive a GA position outside of the Bush School, do NOT have to give up their Bush School Scholarship, as GA funding is not ours.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for other forms of financial aid, including grants and loans, by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to fill out the form before or during the application process.
TAMU’s Scholarships & Financial Aid can help you in that process. Student employment and grants may also be available, including a need-based, Texas resident option called the Texas Aggie Graduate Grant. Veterans benefits are also accepted.
International Students may qualify for various programs based on visa status and qualifications. Visit TAMU’s Scholarships & Financial Aid website above and complete the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA). Also read the International Students section in the left-hand menu.
The Bush School discourages students from trying to manage outside work obligations with rigorous class requirements, particularly during the first semester and/or year. With a typical load of 12 credit hours and an abundance of activities and collaborative assignments to pursue, any student receiving an assistantship or taking a supplemental part-time job must exercise careful time management.
The Bush School encourages students to procure national awards by searching and applying for fellowships and scholarships related to their interests. A few below may be worth pursuing.
Service Organization Stipends / Scholarships
The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) also has a comprehensive list of over 50 scholarships to check out, some of which are highlighted above. They include options open to both our Public Service/Administration and International Affairs prospects.
Check out some helpful Finance Resources information from these sites to help you learn more about financing your graduate education, navigating student loan options, and what to consider when taking on more debt.
Texas A&M University has a long-standing tradition of military support. Students receive both federal and state veteran education benefits in programs like the Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Dependents' Educational Assistance Program, Yellow Ribbon Program, the Hazelwood Exemption, State Tuition Reimbursement Assistance, and more. Visit the Veteran Services website for more information.