Financial Aid & Scholarships
The scholarship process will launch in late February 2019. Awards will be made by May through June for the Fall 2019 semester.
Financial aid is a critical part of the application process for many students. Many students combine scholarships, assistantships and loans to help support their education.
How To Apply
Sources of Support
Visit our scholarships webpage to view a full list of scholarships available to students enrolled in a degree-seeking program.
A standard application packet for scholarship requires one original and two copies of the following documents:
- School of Education online scholarship application
- Two letters of recommendation – reference forms used for admission to graduate school are not accepted. One reference must be a faculty member from either the VCU School of Education or a previously-attended university.
- Typed essay (see application instructions for more details)
The National Scholarship Office (NSO) assists students with applying to national and international fellowship/scholarship opportunities related to their academic and professional goals. Review the NSO website for information about a variety of scholarships/fellowships and upcoming deadlines. Feel free to also schedule an appointment with an NSO staff member by emailing email@example.com or making an appointment by following this link. For graduate students, it is suggested to meet with either NSO Director, Jeff Wing, or the NSO Graduate Assistant, Haley Clouser.
Note: NSO supports services for students seeking external funding outside of VCU, thus excluding scholarships awarded by VCU colleges and departments.
The School of Education offers competitive, merit-based graduate assistantships to support doctoral students and enrich their learning, research and teaching experiences. Incoming students, please include the application as part of your full application. For current students, please complete the form and submit it to the Graduate Office on the second floor of Oliver Hall.
Grant funding for specialized projects at times includes funding for graduate assistantships. A graduate assistant usually receives money toward things such as tuition, fees and a stipend, in exchange for work. To apply for these positions, students should review the listing of opportunities on the Funding Opportunities page, and contact the lead faculty to review the requirements.
The School of Education provides hourly wage employment for undergraduate and graduate students. Pay is based on the federal minimum wage standards, but can vary depending on job requirements or the skill and experience levels of the student applicant. Positions available range from office receptionist to research assistant. The supervisor will work with the student employee to arrange a schedule that will allow for a reasonable course load during the day.
Many of our students have direct funding or reimbursement options from their current employer. Please contact your HR specialist to identify any tuition or professional development benefits that may be available to you.
For VCU and VCU Health employees, please visit the VCU tuition waiver human resources website.