Scholarships and Financial Aid

Paying for your education should not be a struggle. Lamar University offers a range of scholarship and financial aid opportunities for graduate students to take advantage of to turn their educational dreams into a reality.
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Graduate Scholarship Information

Graduate students have a wide range of options when it comes to scholarships. There are several opportunities available through university scholarships and your major department may have some available.

All students are encouraged to apply. Applying for scholarships is easy and done through the Lamar University myScholarships portal. Once you've been admitted:

  1. Visit myScholarships and log in with your LEA student information
  2. Answer all required questions on the General Application - this will open up various opportunities
  3. Search for departmental scholarships and apply directly to them

myScholarships FAQ

Continuing Cardinal Scholarship

Current undergraduate LU students are eligible to receive the Continuing Cardinal Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students who apply for graduate school within 2 semesters of receiving their bachelor's degree and applies only to on campus-based programs. Students must be full-time (9 hours in fall/spring, 6 hours in summer) to be eligible and is based on availability.

If awarded, students will receive a total of $2,000 to be split between fall/spring or spring/summer semester or the full amount if starting in the summer.

Graduate Financial Aid

There are several types of graduate-related financial aid available to students. Depending whether you are an on-campus or online, there are several opportunities available.

For additional information, visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

On Campus Programs


Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)

This is a state grant for students with exceptional financial need. Funds are limited and are awarded based on the student's eligibility and the availability of funds. Student must be enrolled in a minimum of 4.5 hours as a graduate to receive this grant.

Work Study

Work study provides part-time employment to students with financial need, allowing you to earn money to help pay education expenses. Student must be enrolled in a minimum of 4.5 hours as a graduate as well as meet other eligibility criteria to qualify.

Federal Perkins Loan

This is a low interest (5%) loan for students with exceptional need. Student must be enrolled in a minimum of 4.5 credit hours as a graduate as well as meet other eligibility criteria.

Exemptions and Waivers

Specialized types of financial aid available in certain circumstances. 

On Campus and Online Programs


TEACH Grant

This program provides grants to students who are completing course work needed to begin a career teaching full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

This federal loan is not based on financial need; however we will determine the amount the you can borrow based on your cost of attendance and other financial assistance you are receiving. You are responsible for paying the interest on this loan during all periods. You must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours for the semester as well as meet eligibility requirements.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

You may apply for this loan to help pay for education expenses up to the Cost of Attendance minus all other financial assistance you are receiving. You must have a completed FAFSA on file for eligibility to be determined for this loan.