Financial Assistance

There are many options offered by the Department of English to fund your education.  Find out which one is right for you.

Graduate assistantships

Assistantship details

MA students are eligible to teach English composition courses in the Department of English. 
PhD students are eligible to teach English composition courses in the Department of English and ESL courses in the Program in Intensive English (PIE). 
More advanced PhD students are eligible to apply for other teaching or research opportunities. 
Graduate Teaching Assistantships are reviewed on an annual basis and renewal is subject to satisfactory performance of the duties assigned and to reasonable progress toward the degree. 
In general, if performance in English composition or PIE is satisfactory, good academic standing is maintained, and progress toward completion of the degree is being made, students in the MA programs receive two years of support and students in the PhD program receive four years of support. 

Composition Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Graduate students who are awarded a Composition Graduate Teaching Assistantship receive more than financial support; they also receive extensive training and experience in teaching English composition at the college level and in working and consulting in the Writing Commons. In return, you will bring your skills, background, and perspective to the teaching of composition and to individual consulting sessions. 

For more information, please click on the application below to read the position overview, contact the Composition Office at 928.523.6842 or email Yvette.Loeffler-Schmelzle@nau.edu

Graduate Teaching Assistantship Application 

Program in Intensive English Teaching Assistantships

PhD students in Applied Linguistics who are awarded PIE assistantships receive more than financial support; they also receive extensive training and experience in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in an intensive English setting. In turn, graduate assistants bring a variety of skills, backgrounds, and perspectives to the teaching of ESL. 

For more information, please click on the application link below to read the position overview, contact the Composition Office at 928.523.6842 or email Yvette.Loeffler-Schmelzle@nau.edu

Program in Intensive English Teaching Assistantships Application (PhD Students in Applied Linguistics Only)

Financial aid

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For information on the various financial resources available including graduate assistantships, visit the Graduate College.

For information on financial aid, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Scholarships

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The deadline for AY 17-18 English scholarship applications is February 24th, 2017.

There are four separate forms for English Department scholarships awarded in the spring.

One application for five different scholarships

  • Patricia Mapes Anderson Scholarship
  • William M. Burke Scholarship
  • Sybil Hall Shott Scholarship
  • The Mary A. Hill Scholarship
  • Elaine Bychinsky Award for Writers of Promise 

Application for the Charles E. Bull Award for the best short story and best poem by English majors or graduate students in English.

Application for the Alex Weirich Memorial Scholarship; in 2000, the Rhetoric and Teaching of Writing (RTW) Area of the English Department created the scholarship for one of our former graduate students, Alex Weirich.  

Application for the William James Verville Scholarship: To apply for this scholarship, write a 500 word essay describing your successful struggles with communication difficulties. You must also be an English major with a 3.0 GPA or higher, and you must have attained sophomore or junior status with at least 15 hours of English courses taken at NAU.

Recommendation form 

Note to recommenders: Please help our selection process by completing this form and submitting it to the English main office (LA 140), or as an email attachment to the Admin of the English department. If you prefer, you may instead submit a letter or memo on behalf of the applicant.

Tuition waivers

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A limited number of tuition waivers are available to out-of-state or in-state students who can demonstrate financial need.

If you wish to present yourself as a candidate for one of these awards, please download the English Department tuition waiver form.

Out-of-state students, including international students, can apply for a waiver of the non-resident portion of their tuition.

If an out-of-state waiver is awarded, the student pays only resident or in-state tuition rates. Students who are Arizona residents can apply for an in-state tuition waiver.

For the first consideration, please be sure that supporting materials and your completed application forms for graduate assistantships or tuition waivers are returned to the following address before February 1st.

English Department
Composition Office
PO Box 6032
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86011 

For questions, contact the Composition Office at 928.523.6842