Financial Assistance

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A variety of sources of financial assistance are available to graduate students at Eastern. Most student will qualify for some assistance. The brief guide that follows identifies the type of assistance, the amount of assistance, qualifications for applicants, method of application, and contact office. Additional information about the various programs can be acquired from the contact person or office listed with each source.

In addition to the scholarships and financial aid listed below, graduate students may apply for scholarships from the ENMU Foundation.

Graduate Assistantship
  • Amount of Award: $8,500 and an out-of-state tuition waiver.
  • Length of Award: May be renewed for up to two years of full-time support provided that your are making good progress and is in good standing.
  • Expectations: A full-time graduate assistant is required to work 20 hours per week during regular semesters under the direct supervision of a faculty member.
  • Qualifications: In order to qualify for an assistantship a you must be admitted to the Graduate School, admitted to a graduate degree granting program, and be in good standing.
  • Application: Graduate assistantships are posted on the Employment Opportunities job list, found in ENMU Human Resources. The application is an online form, and the information is submitted through the system to the graduate coordinator of your program of study.

New Mexico Graduate Scholarship Program

Minority Graduate Fellowship
  • Amount of Award: $11,575 and an out-of-state tuition waiver.
  • Length of Award: May be renewed for up to two years of full-time support provided that you are making good progress and is in good standing.
  • Expectations: A scholarship recipient is required to work twenty hours a week during regular semesters and 10 hours a week during the summer semester under the direct supervision of a faculty member.
  • Qualifications: In order to qualify for the minority fellowship, applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; have met all admission requirements and be accepted for enrollment as a full time student; must have demonstrated financial need; and be a woman, an ethnic minority, or a differently able person. Highest priorities will be given to continuing graduate students in good standing and newly matriculating graduate students.
  • Application Deadlines: Application should be submitted by March 15 for fall semester. Completed form and supporting materials should be submitted to the Graduate School. Please note that in order to demonstrate financial need a student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be completed by March 1.
  • Application Form: You can pick up an application form at the Graduate School in the Administration Building (AD), Room 216.

Graduate Fellowship
  • Amount of Award: $3,000
  • Length of Award: May be renewed for up to two years provided that you are making good progress and is in good standing.
  • Expectations: No specific work expectations are associated with this scholarship.
  • Qualifications: In order to qualify for the graduate fellowship, you
    • must be a New Mexico resident
    • must have an outstanding undergraduate record of academic achievement
    • must have met all admission requirements
    • Be accepted for enrollment as a full time student.
    Highest priorities will be given to continuing graduate students in good standing and newly matriculating graduate students.
  • Application: Application should be submitted by March 15 for following fall semester. Completed form and supporting materials should be submitted to the Graduate School.
  • Application Form: You can pick up an application form at the Graduate School in the Administration Building (AD), Room 216.

Federal and State Financial Aid
  • Amount of Award: Varies, based on demonstrated need and academic load.
  • Qualifications: Graduate students may apply for aid prior to enrolling, but their admission must be completed before aid will be granted. Students must be enrolled for at least half-time course of study unless they have made special arrangements beforehand. Students must be in good academic standing.
  • Application Deadline: Applications and supporting materials should be submitted by March 1 for the fall semester. Completed forms and additional materials should be submitted to the Director of Student Financial Aid.
  • Application Form: You can pick up an application form at the Office of Financial Aid in the Student Academic Services Building (SAS), Room 107.

Research Grants

Graduate Student Research Grants
  • Amount of Award: A maximum of $400 per grant cycle based on availability of funds.
  • Length of Award: Funds must be expended during the fiscal year of the award. You may apply for repeated funding.
  • Expectations: Grant funds may be used to support any aspect of graduate research.
  • Qualifications: In order to qualify for this grant, you must be admitted to and enrolled in a graduate program (either full-time or part-time) and must have a graduate degree plan on file.
  • Application Deadlines: Applications are usually accepted three times per year (late fall, early spring, and mid-Spring). Completed forms and required additional materials should be submitted to the Graduate School.
  • Application Form: You can pick up an application form at the Graduate School in the Administration Building (AD), Room 216.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-aid of Research
  • Amount of Award: $1000 maximum.
  • Length of Award: N/A
  • Expectations: All funds must be expended directly in support of the proposed investigation. An applicant seeking support for an extension or continuation of a previously supported project must submit a new application, which must be accompanied by two copies of a report on the work accomplished with the previous Grant-in-Aid.
  • Qualifications: Research awards are made to support scientific investigation in any field. Applicants must be degree seeking students whose faculty advisor is a full, active member of Sigma Xi or the student themselves must be an active member of Sigma XI
  • Application Deadline: Completed application and supporting materials must be submitted by March 15 for summer and fall semesters and October 15 for Spring semester. Grant application and guidelines may be obtained directly from Sigma XI, The Scientific Research Society in printed or electronic form. Required materials may submitted by mail or electronically directly to Sigma XI, The Scientific Research Society.
  • Contact:
    Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research
    Sigma Xi
    The Scientific Research Society
    99 Alexander Drive
    P.O. Box 13975
    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
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Phone: 575.562.2147

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