Most graduate students are supported through either teaching or research assistantships, and some receive scholarships or other types of aid. Although funding is not guaranteed, in the last twenty years all students in good standing have received financial support throughout their graduate training.
In addition to the sources of funding supplied through MSU, several other opportunities are available. A number of students have been successful in obtaining graduate fellowships from the National Institute of Health, or through foundations.
As part of the University's assistantship / fellowship program, tuition is waived for up to nine hours per regular semester, and four hours in the summer (although some fellowships do not automatically include summer support). In addition, the University automatically enrolls the assistant/fellow in their health care program.