Financial Aid

Funding a doctoral education can be a challenge for many students. Our department strives to ease this burden by offering paid research and teaching associateships to a majority of our admitted students. In addition, most of our students are awarded one of the several first year Fellowships offered by the Graduate School. Students will be made aware of the terms of their funding offer prior to being required to accept or decline admissions in the department.

Teaching Associateships

Halftime appointments in the Psychology Department have a 2018-19 salary range of $16,515-$18,000 for nine months' work. Students appointed for at least 50% FTE will receive a full tuition and general fee authorization. GA appointments receive fee authorizations that include Instructional, General Fees and non-resident fees. Other fees, including parking and late penalties as well as the student activity fee and the mandatory COTA fee, Union fee, Rec fee, and RPAC, must be paid by the student. Graduate students holding a 50% appointment for two consecutive semesters are entitled to a full fee authorization during the immediately following summer term without being on an appointment. Duties vary from assisting a professor in preparation and grading of exams to teaching an introductory course. You should expect to begin work at the lower end of the salary scale. Most Graduate Teaching Associateship positions are reserved for students in their second year and beyond.

Research Associateships

Half-time appointments are available. The 2018-19 nine-month salary range begins at $16,515. Specific salaries depend on the funding source and your academic level. Students appointed for at least 50% FTE will receive a full tuition and general fee authorization. GA appointments receive fee authorizations that include Instructional, General Fees and non-resident fees. Other fees, including parking and late penalties as well as the student activity fee and the mandatory COTA fee, Union fee, Rec fee, and RPAC, must be paid by the student. Graduate students holding a 50% appointment for two consecutive semesters are entitled to a full fee authorization during the immediately following summer term without being on an appointment.

University Fellowships

If you demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, you may be eligible for one of the limited number of University Fellowships offered each year. Eligible students will automatically be nominated by the department upon admission. Fellowship competition results are announced in early March. University Fellowships cover at least the first 12 months of tuition and fees as well as providing a monthly stipend of $2150 during 2018-19 academic year.

Graduate Enrichment Fellowships

If you are a minority student, you may be eligible for a Graduate Enrichment Fellowship or a Dean's Graduate Enrichment Fellowship. Eligible students will automatically be nominated by the department upon admission. Fellowship competition results are announced in early March. Graduate Enrichment Fellowships cover at least the first 12 months of tuition and fees as well as providing a monthly stipend of $2150 during 2018-19 academic year.

American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowships

Through a cooperative arrangement with APA, the department awards three-year fellowships. The total stipend is comparable to other Ohio State fellowships, and academic fees are waived.

Other Predoctoral Fellowships

Apply in early Autumn quarter of your senior year for a predoctoral fellowship from either the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Danforth Foundation, the Ford Foundation, or the U.S. Public Health Service. For details, dates, and procedures, see the financial awards office of your college or university.

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