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Resources for Student Funding

There are many options and support available to departments that wish to supportĀ a student while they are in a graduate program at NC State University.


Graduate assistantships are unlike any other student employment on campus. They provide graduate students with the opportunity to focus their work on their education, furthering both the student’s degree and the mission of their academic department. There are Teaching, Research, and Service Assistantship options available to best fit your needs.

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The NextGen Graduate Appointment System is a completely paperless hiring process that can be customized by departments, colleges and/or non-academic divisions, based on a series of roles. This system allows graduate faculty members, or designated staff, to electronically initiate transactions on behalf of their students. Transactions will then route to the appropriate human resources and funding approvers, as well as, create an electronic Terms and Conditions contract, based off of the information entered into the tool. The electronic Terms and Conditions contract will route to the student and supervisor for electronic signature and will be archived within MyPack Portal for historical reference.

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Graduate fellowships are financial awards that hold no work obligation. You might think of them as being similar to a department sponsored scholarships. A student on a fellowship is only expected to meet a few guidelines, such as full time enrollment, good academic standing and satisfactory progression in their program.

Please note that effective Fall 2024 stipend amounts greater than $5,625/semester for Master’s students and $7,500/semester for Doctoral students are automatically considered Primary Fellowships and the Project ID will be charged for GSSP tuition and health insurance (if student meets other GSSP criteria). In rare cases, Graduate School will consider an exception to the primary fellowship classification with appropriate justification. Please contact the Graduate School at for pre-approval.

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Graduate Student Support Plan

The Graduate Student Support Plan is a highly competitive support package used to attract top students to NC State University. Graduate students that meet the requirements below are eligible to receive health insurance and tuition support (for a limited number of semesters). Contact for questions.