Merit-based financial support for Graduate Students is available through graduate research and teaching assistantships, fellowships, and tuition scholarships. Each category of support is awarded annually on a competitive basis. Award recipients are expected to perform specific duties for 15 hours per week during the academic year. The responsibilities, often described as an internship, are defined and evaluated by the academic department or the Graduate School depending upon the appointment. The selection / appointment process, eligibility criteria and award package for graduate assistantships, fellowships and tuition scholarships are
The selection process for each category of financial support is aggressively pursued between February and June for the subsequent academic year. New and continuing graduate students are encouraged to apply early for these awards with the academic chair or director of graduate studies. Additionally, students may apply for financial support administered through the Graduate School. The appointment for graduate assistants and fellows begins on August 15th and ends on May 15th of each academic year. Please note if a funding offer is not presented in writing by June 15 from the academic department or the Graduate School, the likelihood of obtaining one of these awards is greatly diminished. After June 15th, new and continuing students are encouraged to seek external or need-based financial support for the upcoming academic year.
The minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 for new and 3.2 for continuing students. However, because these awards are merit-based and reviewed competitively, the definition of quality academic performance may vary. Award recipients must enroll for the fall and spring as full-time students defined by a minimum of 9 credit hours. Additionally, students are required to pay their own student fees each semester.
The award package for graduate research / teaching assistantships and fellowships includes a 10-month tuition waiver and a minimum stipend (10,000 for master’s students and 13,000 for Ph.D. students). In many cases, additional stipend support is available through funded grants. Students may inquire about these opportunities at the time of application submission.
Graduate research / teaching assistants and fellows should prepare to receive their stipend disbursement the first payroll date in September. The last disbursement occurs the final pay cycle in May. Please note new international graduate students typically receive the first stipend disbursement during the last pay cycle in September due to the process of obtaining a social security number. However, the first stipend amount will be greater to reflect the appointment date.
The Financial Aid Office is located in the Johnson Administration Building (Main Campus) Room 205, 2400 Sixth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20059. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The office is open from 8:30 – 5:00 on Wednesdays.