Funding your graduate education is just as important as selecting the right graduate program. As a prospective or current student, it is extremely important to research available funding options for graduate education. All university funding opportunities are based on the availability of funds.
Funding Your Graduate Education
Graduate Education Assistantships
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) provides students the opportunity to earn while they learn. Graduate assistantships are awarded to qualified graduate students. Duties may include teaching, laboratory supervision, and research or service related to a student’s program of study. Assistantship appointments are at the discretion of the hiring department and subject to approval by the Graduate School. Students should contact their academic departments for assistantship availability and details on the positions.
Students interested in receiving a graduate assistantship must meet the following criteria:
- You must have applied for and been admitted, without conditions, to a graduate degree program at NCCU (Executive Master of Public Administration, online and certificate programs, and non-degree seeking students do not qualify).
- You must earn a 3.0 GPA and maintain at least a 3.0 (B) overall graduate grade point average. If it is your first semester as a graduate student, you will not have a graduate GPA at the beginning of that semester.
- You must maintain full-time graduate enrollment while receiving a graduate assistantship (full-time enrollment is a minimum of nine semester hours of graduate credit in fall and spring. Check with your department or the School of Graduate Studies’ Business Officer for summer enrollment requirements).
The stipend for each academic year is as follows:
- $4,000 per semester, if awarded a full assistantship
- $2,000 per semester, if awarded a half assistantship
Assistantships are awarded through each respective department.
Graduate Tuition Award
Graduate Tuition Awards are for residents of North Carolina and pay for the cost of in-state graduate tuition. Non-residents may also receive a Graduate Tuition Award to pay the in-state component of tuition. Fees are not covered by these funds. To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
- Have a full or half graduate assistantship or provide some proof of service such as Federal Work-Study or NCCU Work-Aid with a value of at least $1,000.00 per semester
- For continued tuition award support, the graduate student must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 and meet enrollment requirements.
Graduate Tuition Remission
Graduate Tuition Remission is for students classified as non-residents and reduces the cost of out-of-state tuition to that of the in-state rate. Fees are not covered by these funds. To qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
- Have a full or half graduate assistantship or provide proof of service such as Federal Work-Study or University Work-Aid with a value of at least $1,000.00 per semester;
- For continued tuition remission support, the graduate student must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 and meet enrollment requirements.
Other Graduate Funding Opportunities
Graduate Student Association
Through the Graduate Student Association (GSA), the School of Graduate Studies offers funding assistance for conference-related travel expenses. This funding is particularly for students who are registered to present their research at a conference.
Students seeking funding for international travel will not receive 100 percent of the travel funds needed to participate in a conference hosted outside of the United States.
For more details, please visit the GSA Office in Room 311 of the Taylor Education Building or call 919-530-6126.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
NCCU is a Thurgood Marshall College Fund member school (TMCF). The TMCF offers a variety of scholarships to students seeking baccalaureate, graduate, and law degrees.