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
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.