Financial Aid & Scholarships
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)
There are a variety of external national and international scholarships and fellowships open to students engaging in education-related fields. Our Affiliate Scholarships page is regularly updated with opportunities for students to review as they are maximizing their funding opportunities while in their VCU School of Education program, as well as applying to externally funded opportunities for professional advancement and research opportunities.
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 Grant Funded Programs page, and contact the lead faculty to review the requirements.
The VCU Division of Student Affairs (DSA) offers various Graduate Assistant opportunities across its many departments. The DSA encompasses departments from residence life, multicultural affairs, to student accessibility and educational opportunity (SAEO), to University Commons. Each position has different responsibilities, application requirements and remuneration details outlined on this centralized listing website.
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.
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