Financial Support

Teaching Assistantships & Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Psychology offers a limited number of teaching assistantships to students enrolled in the Psychology Graduate Program.  Selection for these assistantships is on the based on an evaluation of undergraduate academic records, recommendations, experience and other relevant criteria.  Teaching assistantships may be full-time (20 hours per week) or half-time (10 hours per week).  Each teaching assistant will be assigned duties by the Department Chair. Departmental funding for TA’s is for a maximum of two years.

Graduate Assistantships (GA’s) are also awarded by the University, but the duties, financial arrangements and length of the award may vary, as well as the qualifications considered.  For example, a limited number of GA’s are usually available to assist the campus with alcohol and drug abuse prevention.  Selection is made by the staff who administer that program, with highest priority usually given to second year SATP concentration students.

Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships are offered by the Department through individual faculty members who have funds available from research grants and contracts.  Selection criteria are similar to those required for teaching assistantships, but emphasize the suitability of an applicant for a particular research program. 

Out-of-State Tuition Remissions

For students who have been classified as out-of-state, tuition is higher than that of in-state students (see Graduate School webpage on Financial Information for Prospective Students). A limited number of out-of-state tuition remissions are available to the department each year.  These remissions lower tuition payment to the level of that paid by an in-state student.  The remissions have been awarded on a competitive basis.  These remissions are for one year only.  During the first year at UNCW, students are expected to establish residency (see Graduate School webpage on Residency Information for Graduate Students).

Loans, Scholarships, Research Grants and Work Study

Besides teaching and research assistantships, state and federal loan and work study programs are available for qualified graduate students.  Specific information concerning details, applications, changes and additions may be obtained from the Financial Aid Officer in the Graduate School. 

Additional information concerning finiancial aid for graduate students can be found at the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and in the Graduate Catalog's Section on Financial Aid


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