Once you’ve received a bachelor’s degree and you’ve made the decision to continue your studies, it’s even more important to know how you’ll fund your education.
Contrary to popular belief, there are several options for graduate student financial aid. Whether you’re looking for a graduate assistantship to help ease the weight of tuition, a TEACH Grant for the College of Education, or you’re considering taking out student loans, you’ll find the answers to your questions right here.
Graduate assistants at the University of Montevallo are students first and employees second. They have as their primary focus advanced study and ultimately the completion of a graduate degree. Therefore, the services they provide as graduate assistants should complement professional development in their chosen fields of study.
Graduate assistants are employed on a semester basis and may be continued for no longer than three calendar years. They must maintain the cumulative 3.0 grade point average required of all graduate students and must perform satisfactorily in the judgment of the employing department and supervisor.
Graduate assistants not completing practicum or internship requirements may not be permitted to work beyond an average of twenty (20) hours per week.
Complete information on Graduate Assistantships is available in the Financial Information and Services chapter of the Graduate Bulletin.
Students must be admitted formally to Phase II of the Alternative Master’s Degree program in Secondary Education pursuing initial teacher certification in general science, chemistry, math, biology, or Collaborative Teacher (K–6, 6–12, DHH), or be admitted to the Traditional Master’s Degree program in Secondary Education for general science, chemistry, math, or biology teachers. To be considered, applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the appropriate award year. The grant will be awarded by the Office of Student Financial Services to eligible students who are recommended by Graduate Admissions and Records.
Students will be advised to complete additional requirements to secure funds. This includes a federal “Agreement to Serve” for a designated number of years in a Title I school in specified high-need fields. Failure to comply with the agreement will result in the grant reverting to an unsubsidized Direct Loan.
Several scholarships are available to graduate students. Visit the Scholarships link at left for more information.
Visit the Student Financial Services page for information about student loans.
Graduate Student Research/Conference Funding
Funding is set aside each year for graduate students to conduct research or present work at academic conferences. Requests for awards should be approved by your faculty advisor, endorsed by the department chair, and delivered to the Office of Graduate Admissions and Records. The application should include a proposed projected budget of expenses, information about department cost sharing, and specific travel details (if travel is involved).
Fall Term: September 15
Spring Term: February 1
All application materials must be submitted by the deadlines posted above. Please note that failure to comply fully with all guidelines, procedures, and deadlines outlined in this document could result in disqualification or postponement of your request.
The application and application guidelines for Graduate Student Research/Conference Funding can be found here.