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Financial Support

Departmental Stipends and Waivers

Once admitted to the Program in Biomedical Sciences students are appointed as a Graduate Research Assistants and considered employees of The Florida State University. The starting stipend for a first year student is $25,000 per year.

Students also receive tuition waivers and a supplement to help cover the expenses of student fees and health insurance.

Financial support through the graduate career is maintained as long as students remain in good standing, which requires a GPA of 3.0 or better.

All out-of-state U.S. citizens and permanent residents are required to apply for reclassification to Florida residency.

2016-2017 Tuition Rates

Waiver and Fee Amounts


In addition to the departmental stipend, other fellowship opportunities may be available from the FSU Graduate School for outstanding students. Please visit the Graduate School's web page for information on these Fellowships and Awards.

Applicants interested in being considered for these awards must submit their application by December 15 in order for the department to meet nomination deadlines.

The FSU Graduate School also awards a $1,000 Dean's Scholarship to eligible newly enrolling doctoral students.

This award is disbursed in two equal payments of $500 in fall and spring semesters of the first year respectively. Both domestic and international students can receive this award, however, students must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by July 20 in order to be eligible.


Minority applicants should investigate the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship. Eligible students must submit their application to the McKnight Foundation by January 15.

Health Insurance: 

Graduate Research Assistants are provided a Health Insurance Subsidy toward the purchase of the university sponsored health insurance plan. The subsidy for the 2016-2017 academic year is $1,662.00.

For more information about the subsidy please visit The Graduate School's web page regarding Health Insurance.