Financial Aid

Funding your graduate studies

The Data Science MS degree program does not offer departmental funding for students. The information listed below on funding opporunities may help you determine how to pay for your education. 

Office of Graduate Studies Fellowships & Grants

The Graduate School administers University-wide fellowships and grants, based on academic merit (unlike a teaching assistantship or research assistantship, fellowships and grants generally do not require students to work).  Currently enrolled graduate students at the University of Minnesota may apply. Fellowships usually cover educational and living expenses, and grants usually cover expenses related to specific projects.

In addition, the Graduate Fellowship Office coordinates the application process for Fulbright Awards, and supports the University's recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


Loans are the last type of aid for which you are considered, after gift aid and work-study. Loans are considered self-help financial aid because you must repay the money loaned to you. For more information about loans, visit One Stop Student Services.
Graduate & Professional Student Loan Comparison Chart