Financial Assistance, Fees, and Tuition
Financial aid available to graduate students includes graduate assistantships, graduate tuition scholarships, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Federal Work-Study employment, and short-term loans. Information regarding graduate assistantships or scholarships may be obtained from the department concerned or the School of Graduate Studies. Please refer to the "Financial Aid" section for detailed information on financial aid processing and programs.
Entering students should be sure that a transcript of credits has been sent to the School of Graduate Studies. Students must be enrolled in a degree or licensure program to receive federal aid eligibility. Students must not be in default of prior federal loans to receive federal aid.
Assistantships are awarded through individual departments of instruction and require students to spend a specified amount of time assisting either in instruction, research, or academic support. Graduate assistants are required by the graduate school to register for a minimum of eight hours of graduate credit per quarter, and some departments may require as many as 12 or more credit hours per quarter.
For information regarding assistantships, directly contact the chair of the department involved. Financial need is not a criterion for selection of graduate assistants; the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) discussed in the section on Financial Aid applies to other forms of financial assistance.
Graduate Tuition Scholarships
A limited number of scholarships, which cover a graduate student's tuition for two years (8 consecutive quarters) or program completion (whichever is less), are offered by the Colleges of Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Health, Science and Mathematics, and the School of Professional Psychology.
The goals of the scholarship program are to recruit and retain master's and doctoral students who have demonstrated academic excellence in the past and who exhibit the potential for continued academic excellence in the future. The scholarships are awarded primarily to new incoming graduate students who intend to pursue a graduate degree program as a full-time student. To be eligible for the scholarships, students must qualify for regular admission into a master's or doctoral program. Questions regarding the tuition scholarship program should be addressed to the college or school of interest.
Graduate Council Scholars Program
Stipends and tuition remissions are awarded annually to full-time graduate students who are recommended by their respective college/school dean and selected by the Graduate Council Student Affairs Committee. The stipend and tuition remission is awarded for up to two years. This program not only eases graduate students' financial burdens but also recognizes their academic achievements.
Professional Nurse Traineeships
The Professional Nurse Traineeship program was established in 1956 and expanded in 1975 to provide financial support to currently licensed professional nurses to study full time, to teach, to serve in administrative or supervisory capacities, or to serve in other professional nursing specialties requiring advanced training. Financial need is not a consideration in these awards. The required application and information can be obtained in the College of Nursing and Health.
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