Financial Aid

Eligible students can finance the cost of graduate education in many ways, including:

Dean’s Scholarship for Educational Diversity and Excellence

Available fall admission onlyPreferred deadlines are February 1st and April 1st

The goal of the Graduate School of Education Dean’s Scholarship for Educational Diversity and Excellence is to improve educational diversity and excellence in GSE by recruiting, enrolling, and retaining talented underrepresented minority students in higher education—in state or out-of-state—and talented international students, through partial tuition scholarship for select students newly admitted to doctoral and master’s programs. Diversity backgrounds include—but are not be limited to—ethnicity, class, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and age.

Academic Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for the Dean’s Scholarship Award are as follows:

  1. Undergraduate GPA: Equal to or higher than 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) or 90 (on a 100-point scale)
  2. TOEFL (for international applicants): 96
  3. GRE/MAT (if program requires it): GRE Verbal Reasoning, 152; GRE Quantitative Reasoning, 149; GRE Analytical Writing, 3.5; MAT: 392
  4. Two recommendation letters: Either 2 academic OR 1 academic and 1 professional
  5. A short essay: In 750-1000 words detailing how the scholarship would benefit them and the career they are preparing for.

If you are interested in this scholarship please select yes for this question on your graduate application.

Master’s-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program

The Master’s-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program provides students who (a) have achieved academic excellence in their undergraduate studies, (b) are pursuing a master’s degree program in education, and (c) agree to teach for five years in a classroom at a NYS public elementary or secondary school with a full tuition scholarship to a State University of New York (SUNY) college or university.


An applicant must:

  • be a legal resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have received an undergraduate degree from a college/university located in NYS and have been a NYS resident while earning this degree;
  • have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher upon completion of his or her undergraduate study;
  • be matriculated in an approved master’s degree in education program at a SUNY college or university which leads to a career as a public elementary or secondary education teacher;
  • be enrolled in such program on a full-time basis and maintain a graduate GPA of 3.5 during the program;
  • not be in default on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or repayment of any NYS award;
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award; and
  • execute a Service Contract agreeing to teach for five years in a classroom at a public elementary or secondary school, including charter schools, located in NYS.

Award Amount

A recipient will receive an annual award equal to the annual full-time tuition charged to NYS resident students attending a graduate program at SUNY. The maximum annual award for the 2016-17 academic year is $10,870 or actual tuition, whichever is less.

Awards will be reduced by the amount of any other tuition-only assistance award received. Awards will be made under this program based on available funding. A recipient of an award under this program is not eligible for an award under the New York State Math and Science Teaching Incentive Program.

Note: Any award payment received may have tax implications. Any questions regarding this should be directed to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the NYS Master’s-in-Education Program Application. Be sure to print, sign and submit the Application Confirmation along with the required documentation, as indicated in the application instructions. You must also complete a TAP and FASFA application. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on July 10, 2016.


Please contact the Scholarship Unit at or 888-697-4372 with any questions regarding this program.

You may also contact UB’s Financial Aid office at 716-645-8232

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

If you need additional help financing your graduate education, U.S. citizens should fill out a FAFSA online to apply for financial aid. The FAFSA is an application for student aid that collects the basic information needed to determine your eligibility for all of the financial aid programs sponsored by the federal government.

You may receive detailed FAFSA information by contacting:

Office of Financial Aid
232 Capen Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York 14260
Telephone: (716) 645-8232

Other useful websites providing scholarship-related information are:

Federal Teach Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $3,760 per year to students who commit to teach in a high need field at a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

High-need fields* offered through the Graduate School of Education at UB are identified below:

*These fields are determined by the US Department of Education and not identified by UB. Changes to this list are beyond the control of UB.

More information on how to apply for this grant may be found on UB's Office of Financial Aid's website. Additional information is also available on the Federal Student Aid TEACH Grant website.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available through our departments for full-time degree students, primarily doctoral candidates.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) offers graduate assistantships. See the ELP Financial Aid page for details.

The Department of Learning and Instruction offers 11 graduate assistantship positions each year. GAs are selected based on academic record and the research/technology skills needed for work with specific faculty members. Preference is given to LAI doctoral students. GAs are expected to be available during the normal academic year. Positions require approximately 20 hours of work per week. GA stipends are approximately $9,000, and usually include a tuition scholarship. LAI GA Application

Stipends average $8,000. Assistants are required to register for a minimum of 9 credit hours until they are advanced to candidacy. If you would like to be considered for an assistantship, address your request to the department chair when you apply for admission. Refer to application for deadline dates.

Tuition scholarships are separate awards granted by Graduate School of Education to graduate and teaching assistants. Award recipients must file a Tuition Scholarship Verification Form annually. Tuition scholarships do not cover any university fees. In order to qualify, New York State residents must apply for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Presidential Fellowship

$15,000 per year plus tuition for a maximum of four years for new doctoral students with exceptional potential and motivation to contribute to educational improvement through teaching, administration or counseling.

These Fellowships are intended to prepare outstanding teachers and scholars who will pursue their own specialty as well as have a broad understanding of the important issues and challenges facing education. Fellows will work closely with both a teaching mentor and a research mentor. They will have opportunities to teach at the college level, engage in collaborative research with GSE faculty, and participate in special seminars. When they graduate, fellows will have strong applied experience as well as superior academic skills so that they may serve as catalysts for change.

Selection Criteria

Candidates must apply directly to their program of choice within the Graduate School of Education. They will be expected to have:

  • a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.40 or higher and/or graduate grade point average of 3.70 or higher
  • superior GRE or MAT test scores
  • exemplary experience in their field of specialization

Applications should include:

  • three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must be from academic sources
  • a writing sample
  • a portfolio highlighting candidate's teaching, research, related work (optional)
  • a statement of specific goals

Please note this program is limited to Fall applicants only.

UB’s Fellowships and Scholarships website

Arthur A. Schomburg Graduate Fellowship Program

Sponsored by the State University of New York, this highly-competitive fellowship is available to individuals who have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate and professional programs, and who are accepted as first-time, full-time students in a graduate or professional program. Students are nominated by their department for this award, which provides a generous stipend for graduate students, plus a full tuition scholarship. If you would like to be considered for a fellowship, please indicate your intent when completing your online admissions application. Please note this program is limited to fall applicants only.

Learn more about Arthur A. Schomburg Graduate Fellowship Program

Taher and Myra Razik International Fellowship

The Taher and Myra Razik International Fellowship (Razik Fellowship) at the Graduate School of Education (GSE) of the State University of New York/University at Buffalo (UB) in the USA, is funded by private donations from the late Professor Emeritus Taher A. Razik and his wife, Myra Razik, with additional support from UB and GSE.

The Razik Fellowship is competitive and selective. There is one fellowship awarded (approximately) every four years. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017–18 academic year. The candidate selected can commence his/her studies in either the beginning of the fall 2017 semester (August) or the beginning of the spring 2018 semester (January).

In order to qualify for the fellowship, a candidate must be a junior faculty member at a college of education in Egypt. The fellow selected with the agreement of his/her college, takes official leave for up to four years of study in America at UB in the GSE Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) to earn a PhD. After completing the doctorate, the fellow returns to Egypt, either to rejoin the faculty at his/her college or to assume a different leadership position in education.

Learn more about the Razik Fellowship

Information for Veterans

There are several benefits available to veterans and eligible dependents and you will need to review your options to select the benefits that are best for you.

It is possible that you could qualify for more than one education benefits program, including the:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33)
  • Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB, chapter 30 and chapter 1606)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP, chapter 1607)
  • Post Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance program (VEAP, chapter 32)

To get started you will need to visit the University’s Office of Veterans Affairs.

Other GSE Scholarships for Continuting Students

Through the generosity of the Graduate School of Education alumni, professor emeriti, faculty, and friends, 14 scholarships have been established to provide support for students enrolled in designated GSE programs. Please note that students cannot apply directly for these scholarships (unless otherwise specified). Nominations for these awards are initiated by faculty members within each department. For more information about these awards, please visit or speak to your faculty advisor once admitted to a program.

Student Loans

A loan is money that you borrow which must be repaid, often with interest. There are several kinds of loans including Federal Loans and Alternative/Private Loans. You may learn more about loans on the UB Office of Financial Aid website.

Information subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations.