Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are awarded in the amount of $24,000 annually and are subject to taxation at 14%. Students who are awarded graduate assistantships are not eligible for an additional 20 hours of on-campus work each week since the assistantship expects you to perform 20 hours of service per week to the awarding department.

Paying Tuition

ISSS is unable to answer questions about tuition balances and how to pay tuition other than the brief outline below. All questions about student finance and tuition should be addressed to offices other than ISSS.

If you are a degree-seeking (direct-entry) undergraduate or graduate student and you or your parents are paying your tuition, please review the information from the Office of Student Financial Aid and log into your BlazerNET to pay online. All international students who do not have permanent residence in the US (a “green card”) are charged an ISSS Activity Fee each semester to support the cultural and entertainment programming provided to international students. If you receive a green card while you’re a student, please email a copy of it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have the ISSS Activity Fee removed from your tuition bill going forward.

If you are an Academic English or Pathway Student, please contact Lilian Msongole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions about payment amounts and times.

If your home government (such as SACM, Kuwait, or the UAE) pays your tuition and fees directly to UAB each semester, please contact Michelene Castor, Financial Affairs Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (205) 934-9893.

If you have lived in Alabama for more than one year, you may qualify for in-state tuition as an Alabama resident, please review the information on the Office of Student Financial Aid website. You may be eligible to complete the Application for Residency Reclassification form online via BlazerNET. ISSS does not determine when or if you qualify for in-state tuition. Being a “resident” of the state of Alabama has a very specific definition and is determined only by the UAB Registrar. ISSS cannot answer questions about the application for residency reclassification process.

Scholarships

Thanks to generous donors who realize the value of international education and global community, UAB offers several scholarships specifically for full-time, degree-seeking international students. UAB’s Office of Student Financial Aid administers the vast majority of scholarships available at UAB via the BSMART database. Please consult their webpage for the most comprehensive information. All incoming freshman (first-year) international students are automatically considered for the UAB International Scholarship, which is based on Grade Point Average (GPA), upon application to UAB. ISSS does not administer this scholarship. Please direct all inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The ISSS office conducts interviews for the following scholarship opportunities in February each year.

You can read about each scholarship here. Also, watch our Facebook page and read the weekly Globetrotter newsletter for announcements about interview dates in February and March.

ISSS does not administer any scholarships other than the ones named above and does not have details about any other funding opportunities. Please, direct questions about all other scholarship opportunities to the Office of Undergraduate Scholarships at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or your academic department. Many UAB schools and departments have additional sources of funding or scholarship opportunities available thanks to scholarships provided by generous alumni and faculty and public or private sponsors. Each scholarship will have its own specific criteria. Please take time to explore UAB’s Blazer Scholarship Management and Resource Tool (BSMART) to identify other scholarship opportunities for which you may be eligible.

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