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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Graduate student loans
    Check with your department and college for additional funding opportunities

    Graduate student employment
    U.S. CITIZEN GRADUATE STUDENTS must be accepted into a BYU graduate program and must carry at least 2 day-continuing credit hours during Fall and Winter semesters.

    International student employment employment rules and details
    Preparing to work on campus for international students watch informational video

    GRADUATE STUDENTS MAY BE HIRED ON CONTRACT AS TEACHING ASSISTANTS AND RESEARCH ASSISTANTS AND THEIR WAGES ARE DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENTS. Due to the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) regulations, students may not be employed on both an hourly (Y-Time or timecard) and contract basis at the same time.

    Graduate Studies Professional Presentation Award (PPA) view information here

    Graduate Studies offers a Belonging Fellowship for newly admitted graduate students; additional funding is made available to colleges and departments for recruiting graduate students, supporting graduate student research, etc.

    Graduate Fellowships

  • Full-time student status and visas visa information
    Funding for international students view finance information
    Credit requirements: International graduate students must carry at least 9 day-continuing credit hours during Fall and Winter semesters, unless on an approved vacation breakthrough International Student Services. International graduate students must carry either 4.5 credits each term for Spring and Summer or be on an approved vacation and have a minimum of 9 credits for the following Fall semester.

  • Information can be found at this link: Health plan brochure
    View Common questions FAQs answered here

  • Graduate students may park in any Y or G lots.
    View Parking Map
    You must register your car with the Traffic office for a fee of $60 per semester.

  • Graduate Studies offers a number of resources to help graduate students that are often underutilized:

    Grad student information station This site has links you to additional resources and offerings across campus that can enhance your journey here at BYU.
    New Graduate Student orientation (available to all graduate students)

  • The university has explored the need for on-campus childcare for both employees and students. At this time, the university administration is not providing on-campus childcare.

  • Graduate students have a number of food options on campus as well as vending machines located in each building.
    Additionally, in cases of student need, a student may take advantage of local community resources
    PDF of local resources

  • On-Campus: Heritage Halls, Wyview Park, Wyview Terrace view website
    Off-Campus BYU info for Off-Campus housing
    List of off-campus housing in the Provo area view off-campus list

  • The outside class time expectation is set for all classes at BYU at the following minimum standard:
    for each credit hour, students should spend one hour in classroom instruction and a minimum of two hours outside of class in labs, study, class preparation, completing assignments, taking tests, etc. for a total of 3 hours minimum per credit hour per week. For example, if a class is listed as 3 credit hours, students can expect to spend 3 hours in class and a minimum of 6 hours outside of class per week. Programs are not penalized for requiring more outside class time from students.

  • BYU does not offer remote degrees for graduate students. Remote delivery for a graduate course is set with approval by the graduate department and college.

  • Graduate Studies does not have a writing lab. The Writing Center in the Harold B. Lee Library (HBLL) is prepared to help with a thesis and/or dissertation but it is general lab support and not specific to graduate students. The Writing Center has communicated that they feel underutilized and are anxious to assist graduate students. You can check out their services here.
    As a reminder, the HBLL offers free trainings on Microsoft products and free student Microsoft software purchase options as well.