SPEA Merit Aid
Types of awards include:
- Graduate Assistantships: The duties of graduate assistants are determined by their assigned faculty member, but are typically teaching assistantships and /or research assitantships. The amount of financial assistance awarded varies, normally including a stipend and the possibility of partial fee remission.
- Tuition Scholarships: Tuition scholarships are available to first-year students.
- Faculty Support: Graduate assistantships centered around research are generally supported by external funding. Faculty members who have external research grants often utilize research assistants. Award levels vary and the awards are open to incoming and continuing students. Individual faculty members in your area of interest may be contacted to determine availability of funds.
Financial aid will be renewed for a second year if a student maintains satisfactory academic performance and performs her/his duties as a research or teaching assistant in a satisfactory manner.
- To apply for merit-based aid, submit your complete application by the February 1st priority deadline and check the appropriate box in Section V. of the SPEA Departmental Questions form.
- Anyone can apply for merit-based aid. However, these awards are competitive. Academic and professional achievements, extracurricular and volunteer activities, recommendation letters, and responses to application questions are among the factors considered when determining aid awards.
How are financial aid decisions made?
All candidates who indicate on their applications that they wish to be considered for merit aid, and who meet the February 1st priority deadline, are included in the pool of potential merit aid recipients. Decisions are made based on how your overall credentials compare to those of other applicants in that current year.
We were able to offer financial aid to approximately 40 % of our fall 2012 incoming class.
Financial Aid Notification
SPEA financial aid decisions are made separately from admission decisions. Therefore, admission letters are NOT accompanied by award offers. Once the priority deadline (February 1) has passed, we begin our award process. We strive to notify each recipient of his or her selection for an award in mid-March to early April.
Fellowships for continuing students
While SPEA's merit-aid process provides awards to the top incoming students, there are many opportunities for current students of the program. More information about these awards can be found on the Fellowships for Continuing Students page.