Scholarships and Financial Aid

Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Each year the department awards up to three teaching assistantships to new or current full-time graduate students in English. Successful applicants will receive training in the teaching of writing the first semester and conduct a section of freshman composition the second. After having completed the program, assistants in good standing will be eligible to become part of our adjunct staff. Total remuneration, including stipend, is approximately $5,000 for the year of the award. For further information, including qualifications, deadlines, and contact person, consult our web site at http://www.southernct.edu/english/graduateprograms/graduateteachingassistantships/

Roger B. Blood Memorial Scholarship

Each year, through the Graduate Dean, the department awards approximately $600 to a promising incoming graduate student in English, with preference given to someone 35 years of age or older. The scholarship was established by the family of Roger Blood, a former student in our program. Students do not apply for the award, but if anyone wishes information about it, she/he is encouraged to speak to Nicole Fluhr, Graduate Coordinator, at (203) 392-6739.

Graduate School Graduate Assistantship

Each year the Graduate School awards 10 assistantships in a competition open to any full-time student who is working towards the Master's Degree or a Sixth-Year diploma. Stipends are typically $16,000, and successful applicants will assist a teacher/mentor in one of her/his classes. Students in the English Department have done quite well in obtaining assistantships, generally winning from one to two a year. For more information, consult the Graduate School.  GSGA Application

Graduate Research Fellowship Competition

Each year the Graduate School awards 10 fellowships in a competition open to any full-time student who is working towards the Master's Degree or a Sixth-Year diploma. Stipends are typically $8,000. Students in the English Department have done quite well in obtaining fellowships, generally winning from one to two a year. For more information, consult the Graduate School website at http://www.southernct.edu/departments/graduatestudies/rsfellcomp.php3

GSAC Grants for Scholarly Conferences

Money is available from the Graduate Student Affairs Committee (GSAC) to any graduate student enrolled in a degree program to help defray expenses when  going to a scholarly conference. Students can receive up to $75 to attend a conference and up to $300 to deliver a paper. For further information, consult Arlene Lucibello at LY116 or call 392-6165 or email at lucibelloa1@southernct.edu.

FINANCIAL AID

Federal Loans and Federal Work Study Graduate students of all income levels are eligible to apply for federal student loans and federal work-study (part-time employment). To qualify, all applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the established priority date to receive their financial aid for the payment of the University bill (tuition and fees). To file the FAFSA, students may complete the application via the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov or obtain a paper FAFSA, complete the form, and mail it to the federal processor, or complete the renewal application mailed to a returning student by the federal processor. Interested students should consult with John Giordano in the Financial Aid Office. Call 392-5222.

Federal Work Study (Needs-Based)

There are also needs-based federal work-study funds available to graduate students who seek part-time employment on campus. If eligible, graduate students could be assigned in their respective academic area of study. Employment applications are available in the Financial Aid Office in the Wintergreen Building. Again, interested students should consult with John Giordano in the Financial Aid Office. Call 392-5222.

Federal Stafford Loan Program (Subsidized and Unsubsidized)

The Federal Stafford Loan Program enables students to borrow money to help supplement their education. Students must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the subsidized Federal Stafford Loan. The Federal Unsubsidized loan is available to all students regardless of need. Call the Financial Aid Office at 392-5222 for further information.

Resident Advisor

There are openings for resident advisors for both graduate and undergraduate students. Benefits include full room and board and a stipend of $250 a semester. Duties include being on duty one night a week and one weekend a month. Typically, the RA devotes about 12 hours a week to the position. Applications as well as additional information can be obtained from the Department of Residence Life at Schwartz Hall 100.

Resident Internship

Interns work for the Department of Residence Life on a Monday-Friday schedule of 8:30-4:30. In return they receive full room and board, a waiver of tuition, and a stipend of $5,000. For further information, contact the Department of Residence Life at Schwartz Hall 100.