What is the purpose of the program?

To provide funds and professional experience from institutional sources to help meet a student’s costs.

How much are the awards?

The awards range from approximately $500 to $5,000 for the academic year and are paid directly to the student twice, at the beginning and end of each semester, and are not deductible from the Bursar’s bill.

Who can receive this money?

Graduate students with demonstrated proficiency in their area of study. Financial need is only a part of the selection criteria for assistantships.

How much do I have to repay?

No monetary repayment is required; students must complete assigned tasks.

Registration requirement

To receive an assistantship for Summer semester, a student must be registered for at least 3 credits in the summer session and/or 6 credits or more credits in the Fall. To receive an assistantship for the Fall and Spring semesters, a student MUST be registered for 6 or more credits (thesis will meet this requirement) in the given semester.

How do I apply?

Through your department chair.


For assistantships or fellowships to be awarded in successive years, the student must make satisfactory progress toward a degree and show financial need. Students must not owe any refunds on Federal Pell Grants or any other awards paid, or not be in default of any student loan.