Assistantships, Fellowships, and Other Aid
Subsequent to the students’ formal declaration that they intend to matriculate, the program faculty, and particularly the program coordinator, notifies every matriculated student of graduate assistantship opportunities. The majority of school psychology students receive graduate assistantships. The stipends associated with the assistantships are determined on the basis of the progress the student is making toward his or her degree completion. The stipends are among the highest in the nation. In addition, students on either full (approximately 20 hours per week) or half time (approximately 10 hours per week) graduate assistantships receive medical insurance benefits and remission of tuition. Graduate assistantships are funded through the Neag School of Education, grants, and contracts.
The rates for full-time graduate assistantships for the 2014-2015 academic year are as follows:
1. $20,965.62 for graduate assistants with at least the baccalaureate.
2. $22,060.55 for experienced graduate assistants in the school psychology doctoral program with at least the master’s degree in the field of school psychology.
3. $24,526.52 for students with experience as graduate assistants who have at least the master’s degree and who have passed the doctoral general examination in school psychology.
The University also makes available numerous financial assistance programs based on academic merit or financial need. These include dissertation fellowships, summer fellowships, pre-doctoral fellowships, dissertation extraordinary expense awards, summer pre-doctoral fellowships, multicultural scholars program, and the outstanding scholars program.
General need-based financial aid includes Federal Stafford Loans (FSL), Federal Work Study (FWS), and University of Connecticut tuition remission grants. This assistance can be acquired by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Also, students interested in need-based financial aid can access the University of Connecticut’s student financial aid web site at www.financialaid.uconn.edu. For a comprehensive description of financial aid, grants, loans, tuition remission,
assistantships, and fellowships see the University of Connecticut’s Graduate Catalog 2014-2015, available at http://gradcatalog.uconn.edu/.
All matriculated master’s/sixth-year and doctoral students for the last 7 years, since 2004, have completed supervised internships.