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School Psychology

Assistantship and Financial Aid Information

Information for financing your education and training as a graduate student in our School Psychology Program here at USF.

Graduate Assistantship Information

    School Psychology students often receive funding through graduate assistantships that are made available through the School Psychology program department or department associated grants.  These assistantships are offered regardless of financial need and typically involve 10-20 hours per week of psychologically or educationally-related work for the Fall and Spring semesters.  Students who are accepted by the Program receive a graduate assistantship application with their Program letter of acceptance. 

    To be eligible to obtain a graduate assistantship, a student must be degree-seeking and be enrolled each semester for a minimum of 9 credit hours toward degree requirements. All beginning graduate assistants must have a GRE score of 1000 or better and a GPA of 3.0 or better, unless granted special approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.  All continuing graduate assistants must maintain a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better.

    Currently, there are two levels of graduate assistantships each paying a stipend as set by the State's union for graduate students and the SUS Board of Regents.  One level is at the post-B.A. degree level, while the other is at the post-M.A. level.  Both levels of assistantship provide partial tuition waivers of both in-state and out-of-state tuition costs.  Typically, an average of 9-12 credit hours per Fall and Spring semesters are waived. Please note the School Psychology program cannot guarantee either assistantship support or tuition waivers for summer sessions. 

    If a student withdraws from the University during a semester in which s/he holds an assistantship with stipend and/or tuition waiver, s/he must contact the Graduate School to make arrangements to repay that semester's support.

Fellowships, Scholarships and Student Loans

    The College of Education awards University Graduate Fellowships to outstanding beginning and advanced graduate students.  A limited number are awarded each year on a competitive basis.  The School Psychology Program Director will contact those students who may qualify for this fellowship. Recipients are awarded $10,000 across two semesters, plus 12 semester hour tuition waivers for each of the two semesters. 

    Awards are based on academic record, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation.  In order to compete, applicants must have a graduate GPA of 3.5 for any graduate work, and obtain no less than a 480 on the verbal section of the GRE (53rd percentile, or a 620 on the quantitative section of the GRE (50th percentile), with at least one of the scores at the 68/69 percentile (i.e. verbal 540, quantitative 700) Students should score no less than a four (4) on the writing section of the GRE.)

    Dean's Excellence Award

    The College of Education, with funding from the Leslie C. Robins Scholarship Fund, will award a $5,000 scholarship to outstanding new doctoral students. Click here for more information.

    Student Loan Information

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    The Office of Financial Aid administers several loan programs for graduate students. In addition, temporary deferments for registration fees, and short-term, interest-free loans are available to students whose aid is delayed.

    Students apply for loans by submitting a USF financial aid application and a Family Financial Statement (FFS).

    NOTE: Please check with the School Psychology program office before applying for loans to confirm the number of hours you will be taking for each semester. School Psychology students typically take a higher amount of hours than the number of credit hours the financial aid office uses to estimate loan need and amounts.

    Since funds are limited for some programs, it is important to apply early.  Application packets are available in early December each year for the following academic year.  The Office of Financial Aid has provided a step-by-step guide for graduate students applying for loans.

    Students who qualify for temporary deferments of their registration fees, due to delayed financial aid, are mailed a deferment card prior to the start of a semester.  The card must be signed and returned to the Office of Financial Aid by the fifth day of classes in order to activate the deferment.

    Financial Aid Short Term (FAST) loans are available to students who have completed the application process, but whose aid is delayed or not processed.  These loans are for registration fees and books only.

    Other short term loans are available through Student Disbursements and Collections, and are not contingent upon financial aid.  These loans are for registration fees, or for emergency purposes once fees are paid.

    Financial aid counselors are available to answer questions, provide information and assist students in the application process. Please make an appointment with a counselor to discuss your financial aid.

    External Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships Program

    The Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships Program assists current and prospective graduate students in identifying scholarship and fellowship opportunities not generated within USF.  It assists students in applying for external awards to support graduate study at USF or at other universities in the United States and abroad.  Some of the awards administered by this program include the Fulbright, Rhodes, the American Scandinavian Society, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China, Woodrow Wilson, American Association of University Women, Robert Bosch Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

    Once an appropriate source of external funding is matched to a student's needs, qualifications, and background, the Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships Program will assist at every stage of the application procedure.  Many graduate external awards include full tuition, a living stipend, travel, and book expenses for a full year of study or research.

    Normally, campus deadlines for submission of application for foreign study fellowships occur around the end of September, while deadlines for domestic awards vary but usually occur from October to December.

    The Program maintains a current library of all announcements and applications for external domestic and foreign awards, as well as a computer search for helping students find awards.  Students interested in external graduate study awards should contact the Graduate School.

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