Financial Considerations, Incentives, and Awards

Tuition and Costs

Graduate study at the University at Albany offers excellence and great value, especially when compared with regional and national average costs. In 2009, Forbes magazine's survey placed the University at Albany in its top 100 "America's Best Public Colleges" list. In 2013, Kiplinger's Personal Finance "Best Values in Public Colleges, 2013" ranked the University at Albany as one of the nation's top colleges for excellence in academics and affordability. The University at Albany ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges in National Universities was #146. Detailed information regarding costs for in-state and out of state students can be found on our Tuition and Costs page. Our Student Accounts website provides detailed costs for resident, non-resident and international tuition and fees, and projected cost of attendance. Student Accounts also provides information on Billing and Payments.


Funding for meritorious graduate students may be available from a variety of sources, which are summarized on the Tuition, Costs and Financial Support section of this website.

Funding Resources

Funding and Financial Support for MS Students in Biology

No financial support is available for MS students, but sometimes they are hired as part-time lecturers.

Funding and Financial Support for PhD Students in Biology

The University at Albany offers many avenues of financial support for meritorious PhD students, to help them with degree costs. These include Teaching Assistantships, University Awards, Diversity Awards and Scholarships.

Funding from the Department of Biological Sciences


All students in the PhD Programs in Biology are eligible for:

  • A 1-year Teaching Assistantship
  • Salary for the summer following their first academic year

After the first year, students may seek a Research Assistantship or continue as a TA for up to 8 semesters (6 if they entered the program with an MS). TAs also receive tuition scholarships. Please be certain to check all application deadlines for receiving financial aid. Application deadlines for students seeking assistantships and other application requirements can be found on the Requirements and Deadlines page for the Biology PhD on the Graduate Education web site. More details about graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships can be found here.

Travel Awards

The Department of Biology encourage students to connect with the broader scientific community through the following Awards:

  • Biology Travel Awards: The Department of Biology typically offers travel awards 1-2 times per year (depending on funding) for graduate students traveling to meetings to present their research.
  • Peter and Anne Marfey Endowment: The Marfey Endowment provides grants to graduate students in the Department of Biology engaged in the study of Biochemistry. The awards are intended to help students purchase books required for their graduate program.
  • David Shub Award for Excellence in RNA Science: This award is given to a senior graduate student who is nearing graduation and who has demonstrated ingenuity and prowess in RNA science and technology.

From the RNA Institute

  • Thermo Fisher Student Venture Fund: This fund awards two student teams $50,000 in business development aid to research proof-of-concept for commercially viable science technology applicable to RNA research.
  • RNA Institute Student and Postdoc Travel Award: This award helps to cover travel expenses for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working in labs within the UAlbany system so they may present posters or oral presentations at conferences or seminars. The poster or presentation must address research on RNA metabolism and/or RNA binding proteins, or use RNA as a tool.

From the University at Albany

Diversity Awards
The following awards are available for minority students.
  • Carson Carr Graduate Diversity Scholarship:

  • The University at Albany offers this competitive, merit-based scholarship to graduate students who will contribute to the diversity of the student body in their graduate or professional program. Diversity scholars will be expected to teach and/or assist with a faculty member’s research over the course of their graduate program.
Travel Awards
  • Graduate Student Association Travel Grants:

  • The Graduate Student Association offers all current graduate students at the University the opportunity to apply for travel grants. These grants are intended to pay for or offset travel and other costs related to conference and/or exhibition participation.
University Awards

The University at Albany provides various funding opportunities to ensure graduate study is affordable — and works closely with prospective and current students to explore all financial assistance opportunities (click here for more information). PhD students in Biology may be eligible for the following awards:

  • Bridge to the Doctorate Program:

  • UAlbany’s Office of Graduate Education and lead institution, Stony Brook University, submitted and were approved for a National Science Foundation (NSF), Bridge to the Doctorate program. This is a graduate fellowship and support program for former LSAMP participants who plan to matriculate in a graduate program in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). The program offers 12 two-year graduate fellowships of $30,000. Students will also receive full tuition, health insurance, support services, and opportunities to attend academic and professional workshops.
  • Dissertation Research Fellowship Awards Program:

  • The Vice Provost and Dean for Graduate Education announces the dissertation research fellowship awards program to support doctoral dissertation research. This annual program applies to doctoral student dissertation research activity to be conducted during the period July 1 - June 30. Applicants for the dissertation fellowship awards must be doctoral students in good academic standing who have completed required program coursework & exams and have been formally admitted/advanced to doctoral candidacy.
  • Graduate Tuition Opportunity Program:

  • The Graduate Tuition Opportunity Program is funded by a special appropriation from the State University of New York coupled with significant funding from the University at Albany. It provides academic and financial support to economically and educationally disadvantaged undergraduate students at public institutions of higher education (EOP), private or independent colleges or universities (HEOP), and City University of New York colleges and universities (SEEK).
  • Graduate Student Association Research Grants:

  • The Graduate Student Association offers all current graduate students at the University the opportunity to apply for research grants. These grants are intended to pay for or offset costs incurred while conducting sanctioned research.
  • Benevolent Association Research Grants:
  • These grants are awarded to defray the direct costs of research related to either dissertation projects or the completion of a terminal degree program. Awards are made in Fall and Spring.
  • Lawrence and Marie Shore Life Sciences Graduate Student Scholarship:
  • This fund provides an annual graduate scholarship to a student pursuing a degree within the life sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Psychology or the Forensic Sciences. Recipients should demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.

Additional Resources

Additional information on Funding for Graduate Education can be found on the University at Albany website's Funding Graduate Study page. For general information on financial aid, please visit the University’s Student Financial Center.

From External Sources

All students and strongly encouraged to apply for external sources of support. They are highly encouraged to discuss external funding opportunities with their mentors. A short list of potential avenues for external support can be found here.