Doctoral Program

Financial Support

We realize that most graduate students need financial support for their graduate education, and most of our students do receive such support. There are four main types of support for our graduate students:

  1. Teaching Assistantships. Many students in our graduate program are awarded Graduate Teaching Assistantships, which provide a stipend (salary) and tuition remission, in exchange for the student’s assisting a professor in teaching an undergraduate course or (for students with a Master’s degree and/or advanced students with experience teaching a similar course) teaching or co-teaching an undergraduate course. Teaching assistantships can be awarded at the ¼-time level (10 hours/week) or ½-time level (20 hours/week). A ½-time assistantship pays for all in-state tuition (and sometimes can pay out-of-state tuition) plus a stipend, in exchange for working 20 hours/week. A ¼-time assistantship pays ½ of these same amounts, in exchange for working 10 hours/week. On occasion, additional hourly teaching assistantship positions are available. Teaching assistantships are assigned by our department, based on qualifications and experience. The application to the Graduate School asks whether or not students are interested in these assistantships; no further application is required.
  2. Research Assistantships. Many students in our graduate program are awarded Graduate Research Assistantships, which provide a stipend (salary) and tuition remission, in exchange for the student’s assisting a professor with his or her research program. Typically, these positions are grant-funded. Research assistantships can be awarded at the ¼-time level (10 hours/week) or ½-time level (20 hours/week). A ½-time assistantship pays for all tuition (in-state or out-of-state) plus a stipend, in exchange for working 20 hours/week. A ¼-time assistantship pays ½ of these same amounts, in exchange for working 10 hours/week. Often, additional hourly research assistantship positions, which usually pay $10-$15/hour but do not include tuition, are available. Research assistantships are assigned by our department, based on qualifications and experience. The application to the Graduate School asks whether or not students are interested in these assistantships; no further application is required.
  3. Scholarships. A number of scholarships are available to graduate students. Many of these scholarships have a single application form, which can be found on the College of Health and Human Sciences scholarships webpage. The deadline for these applications usually is March 1, for scholarships beginning in the Fall of that year.
  4. Traditional financial aid. In order to qualify for scholarships, and if needed to supplement other sources of financial support, students can complete a FAFSA form, to determine eligibility for Work Study positions, loans, and other financial support. The Student Financial Services Web site includes information on obtaining in-state residency status; the cost of attending CSU; a budget calculator; an overview of scholarships, grants and loans; student employment opportunities and Work Study; and more.
  5. Fellowships. A limited number of Graduate fellowships (usually 2) are also available for first year students. These are awarded by the department. No additional form is needed.