Graduate financial assistance

Graduate assistantships

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Departmental graduate assistantships are awarded based on academic merit and student ability to support faculty teaching and research efforts. Graduate assistantships provide students with an opportunity to assist faculty in research and teaching responsibilities, and, therefore, to learn more about academic, teaching, and research work.  

You must apply for a graduate assistantship during the spring admissions cycle to be considered for the following academic year. More information will be made available during those times, as well as a link to the appropriate application form.

Types of graduate assistantships

  1. State-supported graduate assistantships are awarded annually to students by the Graduate Program Committee. Students who receive these awards are assigned to individual faculty members based on the recommendation of the Graduate Program Director. These assistantships include funds for a stipend and a tuition waiver. The nature of the service requirement for the assistantship will be determined by the Graduate Program Director and by the individual faculty member to whom the student is assigned.
  1. Externally funded graduate assistantships may be available when individual faculty members obtain research grants. In such cases, the individual faculty member is responsible for awarding GAs and determining the amount of the stipend. Students who receive graduate assistantships provided to faculty members through external grants are typically employed to perform research or other work specified in the grant.

Non-departmental graduate assistantships 

The Graduate College regularly posts advertisements for university-wide assistantships that provide valuable graduate-level experiences across campus. These university-wide opportunities as well as additional information specific to GAs are posted on NAU’s Graduate College website.

Tuition waivers 

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Tuition Waivers are awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. There are a limited number of graduate in-state tuition waivers available for Arizona residents. These scholarships are awarded by the Graduate College upon the recommendation of the department. Also, there are a limited number of graduate tuition waivers available for nonresidents. These waivers cover only the nonresident portion of tuition.

Students who are awarded a tuition waiver must:

  • enroll as a full-time student (9 credit hours)
  • maintain a grade point average of 3.0
  • earn no grades of C or below

If you are interested in applying for a tuition waiver, you should apply during the spring admissions cycle to be considered for the following academic year. More information will be made available during those times, as well as a link to the appropriate application form.

Travel funds

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If you’re a graduate student presenting professional work at an academic conference, you can apply for financial support through the department as well as from other departments on campus:

Financial aid

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The university's Office of Student Financial Aid provides additional information and opportunities for financial support.