Some graduate assistantships are usually available in the Department. Stipends and tuition waivers are offered for full-time (20 hrs/wk obligation) appointments and stipends and partial tuition waivers are offered for half-time (10hrs/wk obligation) appointments. Graduate Assistants must schedule for the appropriate number of graduate credits (9-15 full-time; 6 credits half-time) throughout the semester, and are not permitted to withdraw from graduate course work after the semester begins, without the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and Sponsored Programs. Graduate Assistants must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average per semester.
Psychology graduate students also obtain employment and assistantships in other areas of the University. The Office of Research and Development, Office of Institutional Research, Academic Development Program, Frederick Douglass Institute, and Residence Life have all supported Psychology graduate students in the recent past. West Chester participates in the National Defense Education Act of 1958 under which long-term loans may be obtained at a low interest rate. The University also participates in the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Act (PHEAA) of 1963 which provides for student loans for Pennsylvania residents through participating banks. Students who wish to apply for either of these loans may obtain application forms and additional information of financial assistance from the Director of Financial Aid in the E.O. Bull Center.
Funds for travel to professional conferences are available through the Graduate Student Association (GSA). For information, call 610-436-6987. Funds for research expenses are available through the Graduate Studies Office. For information, call 610-436-2943.