Domestic Grant in Aid

Application Guidelines


  • Be admitted to the Graduate School with REGULAR standing;
  • Maintain a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0;
  • Enroll for a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours in each term (except summer) covered by the grant or it will be canceled; and
  • Demonstrate financial need.

This Grant is awarded for a specific year and term(s). Priority is given to those graduate students who are seeking their first graduate degree at Miami University. If you hold a Miami assistantship you ARE NOT ELIGIBLE to receive a Grant-in-Aid for the same period. Students in a Market Driven Tuition program are not eligible for this award.


  1. Complete a FAFSA at Student Financial Assistance. Allow 48 hours for the FAFSA to be made available for inclusion in your application.
  2. Request two letters of recommendation from faculty members who can comment on your academic ability and need for a Grant-in-Aid. Letters must be sent to the Department Chair.
  3. Provide the following information using the headings shown below in a Word document.  As an attachment, send the below listed information as one document to the Department Chair.  
  4. The Department Chair must then attach the letters of recommendation and submit your application to the Graduate School.
  5. Applications will not be considered unless all documentation is received by the deadline and all of the qualifications are met.
  6. Applications are due March 1 for the upcoming academic year.

To be Provided by the Applicant:

  • Personal Information – Provide your name, address, email address, department, degree program, unique ID, term first enrolled at Miami as a graduate student, and date you expect to earn your degree.
  • Request Terms of Award – Choose one or more of the following terms you would like to receive the Grant-in-Aid: Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019.
  • Previous Awards – If you have ever received a graduate assistantship from Miami University, indicate the dates you received it and the department or program it was associated.  Indicate if you have ever received a Grant-in-Aid and when you received it.
  • Educational Statement – In one page or less, describe why you are applying for a Grant-in-Aid and your educational goals.

To be Provided by the Department Chair:

  • Combine Materials:  The information provided by the applicant should be combined with the letters of recommendation into one single Word or PDF file, and then submitted as explained below.
  • Application Submission: The Department Chair should submit the complete application to the Graduate School at via his/her MU email account (this will serve as his/her signature).