Financial Assistance

What kinds of graduate assistantships might be available for those in the Teacher Education graduate program?
  • Research assistants: The graduate research assistant will work under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
  • Administrative (graduate) assistants (GA): The graduate administrative assistant may work at the level of a department, college, or university administrative unit.
  • Tuition scholarships (TS): A tuition scholarship is a merit based award available to graduate students admitted to a graduate degree program for the first time.

Who qualifies for a graduate assistantship?

1. Only graduate students admitted to the School of Graduate Studies and accepted into a graduate degree program may hold an assistantship.
2. Graduate students who have previously taken graduate level courses must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
3. Graduate assistants must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA to remain eligible for assistantship support.
4. International students are eligible for graduate assistantships as soon as they are unconditionally admitted as graduate students at East Tennessee State University.
5. Graduate assistants may be appointed for no more than two calendar years in a master's program.

How are tuition scholarships different from assistantships?

Tuition scholarship contracts are renewable, but must be consecutive. If a tuition scholarship student accepts a GA and performs those duties, then they cannot change back to a tuition scholarship. Tuition scholarships require that you work 8 hours a week, while most GA positions require that you work 20 hours a week.  Also, unlike GAs, TS students do not receive a monthly stipend. 

How do I apply for an assistantship?

To apply for a Graduate Assistantship (GA) or Tuition Scholarship (TS) you must first check the appropriate box on your graduate school application package. We strongly encourage you to contact the department in which you would want to work and express your interest in a GA or TS. You may then view current vacancies by clicking on the Current List of Available GA & TS Positions, here: ( .

Does the College of Education have scholarships for Teacher Candidates?

Yes! Visit their website for more details on scholarships and for the scholarship application. Applications are due March 1.  

Other Scholarships available:

The deadline for College of Education scholarships is March 1
of each year.
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