Financial Aid

There are many opportunities for departmental assistantships, usually directed toward advanced students and can be up to $25,000 per year. 

There are four departmental endowments available to support outstanding graduate students:

  • Seevers Graduate Scholarships are awarded to outstanding first-year graduate students.
  • Carol C. Gustafson and Gary S. Murphy Endowed Fellowship or Research Assistantship provides financial support for doctoral students.
  • Lane and Virginia Holdcroft Graduate Fellowship for African Development supports students with interests in, Community and rural development in Africa. Preference is given to students preparing for university careers or careers in U.S., African National, or international development agencies.
  • Henry and Annabel Larzelere Graduate Fellowship supports students with interests in agribusiness management and marketing. Selection is based upon an academic promise, with preference given to students intending to study cooperatives, futures markets or poultry markets.

A large portion of financial aid is immediately considered with your application, including Fellowship programs. MSU Libraries maintains a useful list of Graduate Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loan.

For more information visit the MSU Office of Financial Aid


International Students


  • International students who are applying to a graduate program in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics may request that they be considered for a departmental research assistantship.
  • Competition for assistantships is strong, however, and only a few can be offered each year to international students.

Applying for Financial Assistance

  • There is no special form for requesting financial assistance; simply check the appropriate box on the front of the application form.
  • International students may submit their applications to our department without filling out the statement of financial proof. However, MSU will not issue the I-20 or DS-2019 forms until the financial proof requirement is met either through a departmental assistantship or through funds provided by the applicant or the applicant’s scholarship sponsor outside MSU.

Scholarship Sources Outside the University

  • Many scholarship sources are available internationally.  MSU Libraries maintains a useful list of Graduate Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loan.
  •  Foreign Fulbright Graduate Student Program is available to students from many countries.  Within the U.S., this program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Outside the U.S., the program is administered in 50 countries by a Binational Commission, and in the remaining countries by the U.S. Information Service (USIS).
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