Department of Secondary Education
Graduate students are eligible for USF Grants (direct financial aid, not loans) that, until now, had been reserved for undergraduates. In order to qualify, you must complete a FASFA. This award may total up to $2000 per year for full time study. Pro-rated amounts are also available for part time students. Full time enrollment is 9 or more hours per semester; part time is 5-8 credits.
There are a number of scholarships and fellowships available for graduate study through the central Financial Aid Office. Fellowships are awards made based on outstanding credentials (GRE, GPA, etc.) and are not loans and do not require a work assignment. The coordinator of your program can advise you as to your prospects for receiving college and university fellowships and how to apply. Applications can be found at the Financial Aid Page Forms.
Applicants and currently enrolled doctoral students are automatically considered for research, administrative and teaching assistantships. Assistantships, unlike scholarships and fellowships, require a teaching, research or administrative assignment and therefore the doctoral student must have the credentials and prior experiences to perform the tasks.
Of the almost twenty students currently progressing through our program, all have received teaching assistantships in which they have taught an elementary, middle or high school education methods or theory course in the evening or on Saturdays. Most students will have at least four such assistantships during their program, which will, in addition to being mentored to teach their first college-level courses, result in compensation of about $2,500 per course and a tuition voucher for their doctoral coursework. Combined, this remuneration has covered almost 75% of our students' costs for their doctorate. Depending on the research commitments and external funding resources of the fulltime faculty, we anticipate that the Fall 2007 Cohort will receive similar funding opportunities starting in their second semester or year.
In most cases, the doctoral student sits in on the course in the semester prior to their compensated teaching opportunity when it is taught by one of the professors and then is mentored by the professor when the doctoral student teaches the course.
USF has tuition waivers for its full-time employees. Some of our students work in administrative and advising positions while pursuing their degree. You can apply to those by checking the Employment at USF for job openings.
There are federal loans for graduate study
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