Students can apply for several forms of aid, whether it be financial aid, graduate assistantships, or tuition waivers. Below are details on how to obtain each of these types of aid.
The History Department offers a number of graduate teaching assistantships each fall and spring semester. These competitive assistantships offer a tuition waiver and a stipend. Assistants are assigned to a faculty member, usually to work as a teaching assistant in a large, introductory level course. Students are encouraged to apply for assistantships when they submit their application to the program.
Applications are typically reviewed by the department's Graduate Committee after the review of admission applications. Due to limited number of spots, assistantships are awarded competitively based on the following criteria:
Once word is received from the Graduate School that admission letters have been sent, students who have applied for assistantships are contacted. Most assistantships are awarded within the 3-5 weeks following the application deadline.
Occasionally the department receives additional funding for assistantships just prior to the start of a new semester in order to cover newly opened lower division classes. Applicants who do not receive an award in the initial round are placed in priority order on a "wait list" that the department draws from when these additional assistantships become available.
During each academic year, the Department of History has some funds that can be used to cover a waiver of tuition costs for selected graduate students. Graduate assistants receive tuition waivers automatically because of their contracts with the University. All other graduate students are encouraged to apply for a Graduate Tuition Waiver, which can cover up to maximum of 12 credit hours per semester. Students who receive money during any particular semester continue to remain eligible for further waivers in succeeding semesters, but must reapply each semester.
To apply, please submit an application: application form
Due to limited funds, tuition waivers, either full or partial, are awarded competitively based on the following criteria:
The deadlines for applications are:
August 20th (for Fall semester)
January 20th (for Spring semester)
May 20th (for Summer)
Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Tuition Waivers represent the two forms of financial aid that the History Department itself has available, but other grants, scholarships, and loans, as well as other assistantships and various employment opportunities are occasionally available through other academic and university departments.
All university financial aid is coordinated through the Financial Aid Office located in Hovey Hall 101, where Financial Aid advisors are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All candidates for the program are strongly encouraged to contact the Graduate School for more detailed information about financial aid and grant programs.