Aid and Assistantships
Your decision to enter graduate school certainly depends on many factors, with the cost of tuition being an important one. West Chester University's Master of Public Health program is among one of the best values in the United States, simply because it is the lowest tuition among CEPH-accredited graduate programs in the Philadelphia area. Other pricier programs simply don't compete with the quality of West Chester University's MPH program, given it's cost. West Chester is a flexible, practical approach to getting an MPH. In addition, WCU's Fast Track allows undergraduate Public Health students at West Chester University to complete their MPH in one year. Potential Fast Track candidates are encouraged tocontact Dr. Lynn Carson
- Bursar's Office
- Financial Aid
- Since WCU is an accredited institution of higher learning, students are eligible for financial aid through public and private institutions.
- FAFSA Form
- Students are highly encouraged to complete a FAFSA when applying to any graduate or undergraduate program at West Chester University.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available in the Department of Health and across the university.
For both Department of Health and university-wide graduate assistantships, full-time graduate assistants, in return for 20 hours of assigned duties per week, receive tuition remission and a stipend of $5,000 for the academic year and must be enrolled as full-time graduate students (9-15 credits). Half-time assistantships involving 10 hours per week of assignments also are available. For these, students enroll in six credits of course work and will receive tuition remission for those credits as well as a stipend of $2,500 for the academic year. Full-time graduate assistants are not allowed to hold other on-campus employment simultaneously. Part-time graduate assistants may work on-campus a maximum of 10 hours per week in addition to holding an assistantship.
Maintaining graduate assistantships requires students to demonstrate both satisfactory performances in meeting assigned hours, dates, and responsibility, as well as good academic standing. Students holding graduate assistantships who fail to maintain good academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0) will have their assistantships revoked or will not have them renewed. This policy includes courses taken during summer sessions. Full-time graduate assistantships are given for a maximum of four semesters. Half-time assistantships may be granted for up to eight semesters.
The Department of Health has very limited number of graduate assistant positions. We ask that students follow the procedure outlined below during the application and decision process for graduate assistantships. When positions are filled in the Department of Health, students interested in pursuing a graduate assistantship are encouraged to contact the Office of Graduate Studies for additional opportunities in other departments.
To be eligible to receive a graduate assistantship specifically in the Department of Health, the student must complete our Department of Health graduate assistantship application form and satisfy the following requirements:
- Must be a fully matriculated, degree-seeking, graduate student; normally, certification students are not eligible, and provisionally accepted students are not eligible unless the provisions are removed before the semester begins. Exceptions must be approved by the graduate dean.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for current graduate students (if a graduating senior, the undergraduate GPA must be at least 3.0).
- Must provide list of employment/volunteer/award history, report level of computer software expertise, submit a statement of professional goals, and submit three letters of recommendation from professional/academic references.
Complete a Department of Health graduate assistantship application form and submit the application toTammy Wollum
at any point in the semester for the following year.