There are two types of competitive, merit-based funding available in most graduate programs:
Tuition Scholarships: which provide tuition remission for the total number of courses required for the degree
Graduate Assistantships: which include a stipend along with tuition remission. International students as well as students from the US are eligible for these merit-based funding options.
The Presidential Graduate Fellowship for Underrepresented Students provides full tuition remission and a stipend for one year. It is renewable for a second year if the holder of the fellowship remains in good academic standing.
Graduate Summer Research Fellowships to support graduate student research and scholarship are available every year from the Dean of Graduate Studies. Awards of summer stipends for $1500 (1 month) or $3000 (two months) are granted on a competitive basis.
Tuition Remission. The Office of Graduate Studies will inform the Bursar's office to credit student accounts each semester.
Graduate Stipends. New students should note that the first stipend disbursement is not made by the University until the end of September, so students must budget accordingly. New Graduate Assistants must fill out several Payroll forms before the beginning of the semester in order to receive their stipend. The Graduate Studies Office will send these forms to each department prior to registration. These forms are to be distributed to the new assistants by the department. Upon receiving and completing these payroll forms, the student should bring them to the Graduate Studies Office. When returning the forms, students will be required to show identification as stipulated on the Federal Government's I-9 form. Once this process is completed, the student's information will be sent by the Dean's Office to the Payroll Office. Until this process is completed, it will not be possible to pay the student stipend.
Tuition Remission for Language Courses. Since graduate students in the Departments of Philosophy and Theology and Religious Studies are required to pass foreign language examinations, students in those programs who hold assistantships or tuition scholarships may receive tuition remission for language courses, under the following conditions: