Various forms of financial aid are available to students to help offset the costs of graduate school, including research assistantships, teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, loans, scholarships, awards, and campus employment. The availability of research assistantships varies depending on which faculty and researchers have grants in a particular year, and the Program cannot guarantee that every student will receive funding.
Other forms of financial assistance are available through the University’s Office of Scholarships & Student Aid. These include grants, loans, and campus employment. School Psychology students are often successful in winning competitive scholarships and awards. The majority of students seeking financial support have received some amount of funding, including graduate assistantships, grants, or educational loans from private financial institutions.
Typically, one or two admitted students in the School Psychology program each year receive a Graduate School Merit Award. These awards are based upon review by three different committees and all students are considered. The awards include full tuition coverage.
Other awards include research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and graduate assistantships. Not all assistantships provide the same level of support. The assistantships that provide a minimum level of funding (currently over $7500 per semester for doctoral students) and provide instate tuition coverage and health benefits, make an out-of-state student eligible to be recommended for a reduction from out-of-state tuition to instate tuition. The funds to cover this reduction are provided by the state legislature and thus their availability from year to year cannot be confirmed. Decisions take place at the beginning of the fall semester.