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Graduate Assistantships

RWU offers Graduate Assistantship opportunities to students enrolled in the programs in Forensic Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Art & Architectural History. The amounts for these assistantships vary by program, and details on each can be found below. All assistantships are merit-based and are offered based solely on application materials; no additional documents or applications are required in order to be considered for an assistantship. All other graduate programs do not currently offer scholarships or assistantships, and RWU does not offer other types of assistantships, such as Teaching Assistantships, but prides itself on having 100% of its undergraduate and graduate courses taught by faculty.

Forensic Psychology & Clinical Psychology
The graduate programs in psychology begin only in the fall of each year. In each fall cohort, 5 Graduate Assistantships are awarded to the top 5 applicants to the program (combined between the 2 programs). The Research Assistantship component of the award involves working directly with faculty members in the graduate program on their individual projects. The specific research placements will be determined by the Program Director and faculty once the program begins, in accordance with student interests. Details on these awards include:

  • 5 Graduate Assistantships per year
  • Each award = $5,000 per year, renewable for 2 years, consisting of:
    • $3,000 Grant ($1,500 per semester)
    • $2,000 Research Assistantship ($1,000 per semester) [Research portion is optional]

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Architecture
The graduate program in Architecture offers merit-based Graduate Assistantships to applicants who completed their undergraduate degree at an institution other than RWU. In order to be eligible for an assistantship, applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, and are automatically considered for an assistantship upon applying to the program. If offered, applicants will be notified via their acceptance package. The specific work to be completed will be determined by the faculty once the program begins, in accordance with student interests. Awards include a $6,000 per year Merit Scholarship as well as a $3,000 per year Work Component, both renewable for 2 years.

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Historic Preservation
Applicants to the graduate program in Historic Preservation are eligible for the Work Component of the Graduate Assistantship, which consists of $3,000 per year, renewable for 2 years. This award is merit-based, and applicants are automatically considered upon applying to the program. There is currently no scholarship component for this program.

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Art & Architectural History
Applicants to the graduate program in Art & Architectural History are eligible for the Work Component of the Graduate Assistantship, which consists of $3,000 per year, renewable for 2 years. This award is merit-based, and applicants are automatically considered upon applying to the program. There is currently no scholarship component for this program.

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Financial Aid

Outside of Graduate Assistantships offered by individual programs, most graduate students finance their education through federal loans. In order to apply for federal loans, applicants must complete the FAFSA (Federal & State Aid) through www.fafsa.ed.gov and be sure to have the information sent to RWU. Completing the FAFSA is the only requirement in order to receive a financial aid package. Full financial aid packages are included with acceptance packages, provided that the applicant has completed the FAFSA and RWU has received that information. If RWU has not received the applicant's FAFSA when the acceptance package is mailed out, a full financial aid package will be sent to the applicant within 2 weeks of receiving the FAFSA information. Below are some important notes to keep in mind.

  • In order to be eligible federal financial aid at RWU, students must be enrolled at least half-time (at least 6 credits per semester).
  • An initial financial aid package will be offered based on the course load indicated on the applicant's graduate application. A final financial aid package will be determined once the student has officially registered for classes.
  • Students enrolled in less than 6 credits per semester are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Non-matriculating students are not eligible for financial aid
  • Conditionally-accepted students are not eligible for financial aid
  • Provisionally-accepted students are not eligible for financial aid

For more information, please contact Susan Ahern in the Office of Graduate Financial Aid

Susan Ahern
sahern@rwu.edu
(401) 254-4641