Tuition, Funding, and Financial Aid
Since the USU graduate tuition is decided by the Utah legislature each March, all information below is only an estimation based on last year’s costs. The values in the table below include tuition, fees, and differential tuition for a student registered for 33 credits in the 2019-2020 year.
Estimated Tuition and Fees for MAE Graduate Programs Starting Fall 2020
|Type of Student||Fall 2020
|Utah Residents, and non-Utah residents who are children or grandchildren of USU alumni||$3,593||$3,593||$2,651||$3,380||$13.217|
Funding Opportunities for MAE Students
Sponsors U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate students who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration and economic future.
Up to $15,000 award. Must be US citizen to be eligible.
USU's prestigious Doctoral Fellowship offers unparalleled support and access to resources at USU.
Must be U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident entering first or second year of graduate study.
ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) lists various graduate fellowship opportunities.
Awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of fifteen disciplines, which includes Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
Two fellowships: Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF) and Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (SSGF). These programs provides excellent financial benefits and professional development opportunities to students pursuing a PhD in areas of interest to stewardship science, such as high energy density physics, properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydronamics, or nuclear science.
The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.
This highly competitive, merit-based fellowship is for up to five years. Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident in the first year of graduate studies.
For qualified on-campus full-time students, financial aid assistance is offered through the U.S. Government and the USU Financial Aid Office. To qualify for federal student loans and financial aid packages, students must submit a FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students are encouraged to apply for government aid after they are admitted to the MAE program.
Additional MAE assistantships and scholarships are also available. Assistantships and scholarships are very competitive and are distributed to qualified students who have been admitted to the MAE program by March 1.
USU Financial Aid Office Contact Information:
Please be aware that graduate students must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits each semester in order to qualify for a student loan.
Summer internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate interns are able to collaborate with AFRL on current research and incorporate the research into their graduate work.
Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a bachelors, masters or PHD program in Engineering or Related Science and Technical degrees. For Summer Intern positions, candidates must be available to work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks, though 12 weeks is preferred.
NASA Internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA's unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals.
All internships and co-ops offer the chance to gain real-world experience. But few can offer you an opportunity to make a real impact on the world.
Intrigued by the possibility of applying classroom theory in a real-world work environment? Consider Sandia. Each year, Sandia welcomes students from around the country—from those in their final years of high school to researchers obtaining PhDs—to work in a variety of technical and business positions. Interns work on real-world, challenging projects to contribute to critical national goals.
Explore the multiple dimensions of a career at Los Alamos Lab: work with the best minds on the planet in an inclusive environment that is rich in intellectual vitality and opportunities for growth.
Out-of-State Tuition Waivers
Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) Waiver
In-State Tuition Opportunity for Out-Of-State Students
The Aresopace MS program is designated as a WRGP program, which allows academically qualified residents of the following states to attend our program and pay only resident tuition:
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming
Applicants from participating states who would like to be considered for the WRGP waiver must submit a brief memo to the MAE graduate advisor stating such intent.
Graduate Non-Resident Tuition for Excellence Waiver
The Non-Resident Tuition Waiver for Excellence is a one-year waiver of the non-resident portion of graduate tuition. It is available for all new students applying to USU’s School of Graduate Studies, whose GPA and admisison test scores (GRE, GMAT LSAT, Miller, etc.) are above the average for the Huntsman School.
For more information, visit the USU School of Graduate Studies website or contact a program advisor.
Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver
Children or grandchildren of USU Alumni can attend Utah State with the nonresident portion of tuition waived Follow your parents' or grandparents' footsteps and become an Aggie. To qualify for the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver, a future Aggie must:
- Be admitted.
- Have at least one parent or grandparent who earned an associate degree or higher from Utah State University.
- Enroll at USU as a first-time student.