Need help funding your graduate education? St. Cloud State University is committed to creating avenues to assist students financially as they pursue their dream of an educational degree. The following resources are available:
Some areas that typically seek our students as graduate assistants include:
Most positions are posted in April and May but you may find postings throughout the summer. As a doctoral student, you are eligible for doctoral and masters level graduate assistantship positions.The graduate assistantship application can be found online. I recommend that you apply to several job openings and hopefully you will receive a few offers that you can select from.
Please note: You can apply for the positions even if you have not yet been officially admitted to the masters or doctoral program. However, you will need to be admitted when the position begins.
Master's graduate assistants receive a stipend (salary) ranging up to $10,000* depending on the number of hours of assignment and the length of the appointment. In addition to the stipend (salary), graduate assistants receive tuition remission up to eight masters credits during fall and spring semester. For specific details about the stipend (salary) and tuition remission, please visit the Graduate Assistant Handbook.
Doctoral graduate assistants work 20 hours per week for a $15,000* stipend during the academic year with faculty members in instructional, administrative, or research areas. Graduate assistance receive a tuition waiver for six * doctoral credits during fall and spring semester.
*Graduate assistantship stipend and tuition waiver credits are subject to change.
SCSU utilizes a scholarship management software called AcademicWorks to simplify and streamline the scholarship awards process. All scholarships at SCSU will be awarded using this system. Students will complete one online application and the system will automatically match student data information with relevant scholarships for which you qualify. Students will be able to view and search all available scholarships, apply for those scholarships requiring additional information, view and accept scholarship offers, submit thank you letters, and view donor profiles. Scholarship deadlines typically range between February 1st and April 1st.
Here is partial list of scholarships:
Stenswick/Benson Scholarship Award
Deadline: April 1st
Award: Four $2,000 awards
Criteria: Admitted to the Special Education Director Post-Masters Graduate Certificate (Licensure) program and exemplary graduate studies.
Contact: Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASA)
SCSU can provide you with a general overview of Financial Aid programs and give you guidance in the application process. Review a Money Management tips and resources and stop in the Financial Aid Office to talk with a staff member about how to pay for school and keep you debt load down.
Nearly 45% of SCSU Spring Graduates had no student loan debt. Top 10 ways to graduate with little (or no) student loan debt?
Check with your Human Resource Office to determine if you are eligible for any type of tuition remission.
MnSCU employees are entitled to enroll in a limited number of courses on an annual basis at some MnSCU institutions without payment of tuition. See your union contract for specific benefit information or speak with an individual in the Human Resources Department at your institution.
The Office of Sponsored Programs has student Research Funding available each year to support academic research and creative activity by SCSU graduate students under the direction of a SCSU faculty member.