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Graduate Financial Aid

Students admitted to the Graduate School for full-time study are eligible for teaching and research assistantships and fellowships to defray their expenses. Full tuition scholarships also are awarded to students receiving financial assistance.

Currently, full-tuition scholarships and full-assistantship stipends for new students are expected in the following areas:

Teaching Assistantship
For incoming students, the Graduate Teaching Assistantship is the most common form of aid. It includes a salary (normally no more than 20 total working hours per week) plus a waiver of tuition up to 30 credit hours per year. The assistantship is for the academic year only. The tuition waiver can only be applied, to courses which satisfy the Plan of Study approved by the Graduate Program Committee. Students whose native language is not English will be evaluated by the Coordinator of English Language Services in the Learning Center. Special courses in English as a second language may be recommended as a result of the evaluation. It is expected as a condition of employment that the student will make a good faith effort in such courses. Continuation of assistantships in the second semester and future renewals are dependent upon certification that the student attended class regularly, worked diligently, showed improvement, and passed the English Speak Test.

Research Assistantship
Research assistantships are available to many of our graduate students. Tuition is usually also covered. The availability of research assistantships depends upon individual research professors and is subject to the needs of contracts and interests of students. Research assistantships are normally given for the academic year, and in addition, summer support is often also available.

There are various fellowships that can be awarded through the department, inquire within.

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