Assistantships and Financial AidThe Department of Psychology and the University offer several opportunities for financial assistance. These opportunities include graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships.
Psychology Department Graduate Assistantships
Each year the department offers a very limited number of half-time graduate assistantships to second-year students on a competitive basis. Assistantships are awarded on the basis of academic credentials - UGPA and GRE scores - and performance in the program core courses. Each assistantship includes a stipend (in the past, $1250/semester) and six hours tuition waiver. Students who are awarded such departmental assistantships are required to assist faculty with teaching or research responsibilities for 10 hours per week. All students who are enrolled full- time in the graduate psychology program are automatically considered for these assistantships.
Other University Graduate Assistantships
There are usually graduate assistantships offered by administrative units in the university. Many of these are available to first-year students. In the past, our students have obtained GA's from the Office of Institutional Research, the Graduate School, the Placement Office, the Records Office, and the Office of Human Resources. In addition, each year assistantships in other academic departments have become available. Our students have competed quite successfully for all these GA's.
The Psychology Department offers a limited number of teaching assignments. Students fulfilling these assignments act as lab instructors for introductory statistics and introductory research methods, section leaders for the Psychology 101 course, and/or other related teaching duties. These assignments are typically compensated at a rate of $500/semester. All students who are accepted as Degree students are automatically considered for these awards.
Further information on available scholarships, grants, and low-interest loans is available from the Graduate Office and/or the Financial Aid Office of the University.
Financial aid in the form of student loans is available. Information on such aid can be obtained by reviewing the graduate student information on the website for the UTC Office of Financial Aid or by calling them at 423-425-4677.