Oct 02, 2022  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
    
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Financial Assistance


 

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas subscribes to the following statement that has been adopted by the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States and by most of the leading graduate schools in North America:

Acceptance of an offer of a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or graduate assistantship for the next academic year by an actual or prospective graduate student completes an agreement which both student and the graduate school expect to honor. In those instances in which the student indicates acceptance prior to April 15 and subsequently desires to change plans, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15 in order to accept another scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or graduate assistantship. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another appointment without first obtaining formal release for that purpose. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing to the above resolution that a copy of this resolution should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer sent to a first-year graduate student before April 15.

 

Policies & Procedures

Employment
Federal Loan Programs
Student Financial Services
Graduate Assistantships
Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships
Scholarships
   
 

Student Financial Services

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The University of Nevada, Las Vegas provides a wide variety of assistance to finance higher education expenses. Grants, scholarships, part-time employment, and educational loans are available to help students with educational costs while attending UNLV. Students are encouraged to explore all possible resources. Financial Aid Administrators are available to discuss the variety of resources available and to assist graduate students in the application process. For further information, contact Graduate Student Financial Services at (702) 895-5569 and UNLV Student Financial Aid & Scholarships, located in the Student Services Complex, at (702) 895-3424. The Graduate Student Financial Services office is located in the Graduate College on the 3rd floor of the Flora Dungan Humanities Building.

 

Federal Loan Programs

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Federal Perkins Loans

A Federal Perkins loan is a low-interest (5 percent) loan available to graduate students that is made through the university. Actual award amounts depend on federal and institutional funding levels. Preference is given to those applicants who are attending at least half time and have the greatest financial need. The total amount awarded is determined by financial need.

Application must be made with the FAFSA, which must be mailed to the federal processing center by February 1. Priority is given to those with the greatest need whose federal financial aid information is received by UNLV before the priority filing date.

Federal Direct Stafford Loans

Direct Stafford loans are low interest loans to assist you in paying for your college education. The interest rate is variable and set annually, not to exceed 8.25 percent. You may call Student Financial Services or contact the Federal Aid Information number at 1-800-433-3243 for the current interest rate. Your loans may assist you in meeting your tuition and or living expenses. You do not have to start repaying them until you drop below half-time enrollment, withdraw completely from school, or graduate.

The Federal Unsubsidized Loan is available to students regardless of financial need. You will be charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full.

 

Graduate Assistantships

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A number of state-supported and extramurally funded graduate assistantships are available. The most important regulations governing these positions are:

  1. The application is available on the Graduate College website.
  2. Applications must be submitted to the department which you are seeking employment no later than March 1 proceeding the fall semester in which an assistantship is sought. Applications may be submitted after this date in case of unexpected  openings occurring for the fall semester. In rare cases where an assistantship is available for the spring semester, the application deadline is November 15th.
  3. An assistantship is normally offered for a full academic year. If a student seeks renewal of an assistantship for the next year, a new application form must be submitted online.
  4. Currently, a graduate assistantship carries with it a stipend paid monthly for the academic year. This stipend may vary for extramurally funded assistantships. Tuition waivers are usually included with the assistantship. These waivers are approved only for work directly related to the student’s degree program (courses numbered 500 and approved for graduate credit and 700-level courses). This waiver covers a significant portion of the per credit hour fee. The state-funded tuition waiver does not cover differential fees charged for some courses. The tuition waiver covers the full amount of out-of-state tuition. The out-of-state tuition waiver does not apply to students who are enrolled in self-funded programs. Tuition waiver amounts may vary for extramurally funded assistantships.
  5. Graduate assistantships are not generally available during Summer Term. However, tuition waivers are available for Summer Term before and after a contract year has been completed. Tuition waivers are not available for undergraduate or audited courses. The above policies may differ for extramurally funded assistantships. To take advantage of the summer tuition waiver, the Graduate College must be informed of your enrollment prior to the start of summer session.
  6. Graduate assistants must have graduate standing status in a degree seeking program at the time they begin their assistantships.
  7. New International GAs are required to successfully pass the Test of Spoken English (TSE) prior to the start of the semester. Students who do not pass the TSE will be required to enroll in a 2 credit oral presentation skills course their first semester as a GA. Students whose graduate assistantship includes instructional duties (lecture, discussion groups, laboratory supervision, tutoring) must receive a successful grade on the TSE prior to assuming these instructional duties.
  8. Graduate assistants must carry a minimum of six semester hours of graduate credit per fall and spring semester. To carry more than twelve semester hours of credit, the department chair, academic dean, and the Graduate Dean must approve an Overload Petition.
  9. Graduate assistants are expected to spend on the average 20 hours per week on departmental duties in either instruction and/or research.
  10. Graduate assistants may not accept employment on or off campus without written permission from their faculty advisor, department chair, and Graduate College Dean. Graduate assistants are prohibited from being employed for more than 10 hours per week beyond their assistantship.
  11. Graduate assistants are expected to report in the same time-frame as faculty, i.e., during academic semesters and not during break or vacation times. Graduate Assistants must report one week prior to commencement of classes in both the fall and spring semester.
  12. New graduate assistants are expected, as part of their contract obligation, to attend the New Student Orientation Session and a contract signing session that are offered at the beginning of each  semester.
  13. Graduate assistantships will be terminated if the student does not satisfactorily perform assigned duties. Assistantships will also be terminated if a student does not make satisfactory progress toward the degree. Unsatisfactory progress includes, but is not limited to: filing a degree program late; receiving a grade of less than B; failing to remove an Incomplete grade after one calendar year; and failing comprehensive or qualifying examinations as required by the degree program.
  14. Offers of assistantships, whether state-supported or extramurally funded, are valid only if they come from the Graduate College Dean.
 

Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

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For New Students:  McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholarships

McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholarships, administered by the Graduate College, are awarded in open competition to first-year graduate students who participated in a McNair Scholars program at UNLV or at another institution as an undergraduate.

To be considered, applicants must:

 
  • Submit an application in AY with all required supporting documents by the deadline listed on the website.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 and graduate standing status at the time the scholarship begins.
  • Enroll in a minimum of six or more graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.
 

For Current Students:  The following fellowships and scholarships are only available to graduate students already admitted to the Graduate College.

 

President’s UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

The President’s UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships are provided through funding from the UNLV Foundation as directed by UNLV’s president for the research support of doctoral students. Up to three awards are given annually, each offering a fellowship package including a stipend, tuition (up to 9 credits), fees, and full health insurance benefits adn waiver of out of state tuition (if applicable) totaling approximately $25,000.

Nominees must:

 
  • Submit an application in AY with all required supporting documents by the deadline listed on the website.
  • Be doctoral students working primarily on the dissertation.
  • Have completed at least 24 credits of doctoral study (at the time of the application).
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester (Fall and Spring) of the fellowship year.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation/nomination from the department chair or graduate coordinator that has nominated the student. (Only one letter of nomination may be submitted from each department.)

 

Barrick Graduate Fellowships

Barrick Graduate Fellowships were established by an endowment from philanthropist Marjorie Barrick. They are given to outstanding doctoral students who have demonstrated excellent scholarship during their graduate study at UNLV. These fellowship awards provide a $14,000.00 stipend, full tuition and fees paid up to 9 credits per semester, full health insurance benefits, and a waiver of out-of-state tuition, if applicable. Applicants must:

Applicants must:

 
  • Submit an application in AY with all required supporting documents by the deadline listed on the website.
  • Be a doctoral-level student.
  • Have completed at least 24 credits of doctoral study (at the time of application).
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5.
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 graduate credits in each semester of the fellowship year in order to devote maximum effort to doctoral study.
  • Criteria for selection will also include demonstrated excellence in research.
     

Scholarships

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Alumni Association Scholarships

Alumni Association Scholarships are awarded to outstanding master’s students who received their undergraduate degrees from UNLV. Awards for theses provide a $1,500.00 scholarship for the academic year.

Applicants must:

 
  • Be a master’s-level or specialist student.
  • Have completed at least 12 credits of graduate study at UNLV (by the end of the current spring semester).
  • Have minimum UNLV undergraduate and graduate GPAs of 3.5.
  • Enroll in six or more graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree from UNLV.

James F. Adams/GPSA Scholarships

The UNLV Graduate & Professional Student Association established these scholarships in honor of Dr. James F. Adams, former dean of the Graduate College (1980-85), to recognize academic achievement of master’s-level students. Six  awards are given, each offering a $1,000 scholarship.

Applicants must:

 
  • Submit an application in AY with all required supporting documents by the deadline listed on the website.
  • Be a master’s-level or specialist student.
  • Have completed at least 12 credits of graduate study at UNLV (by the end of the current spring semester).
  • Have a minimum undergraduate and graduate GPAs of 3.5.
  • Enroll in six or more credits in each semester of the scholarship year.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree from UNLV.

          Patricia Sastaunik Scholarships

These awards are granted on the basis of documented financial need as evidenced by a student’s FAFSA application and review by the UNLV Office of Financial Aid.


Applicants must:

 
  • Submit an application in AY with all required supporting documents by the deadline listed on the website.
  • Have a FAFSA on record with Financial Aid for the upcoming academic year.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
  • Have completed a minimum of 6 credits at the time of application.
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 or more graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year

Sterling Scholarships

These prestigious Alumni Association awards are designated for UNLV graduates who are now enrolled in doctoral programs.

Applicants must:

 
 
  • Submit application with all required supporting documents in AY by the deadline listed on the website.
  • Be in good standing with full graduate status.
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 or more graduate credits in each semester of the scholarship year.
  • Be pursuing a doctoral degree and must have completed the first year of their degree program.
  • Have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or higher.
  • Have graduated with either a bachelor’s or master’s degree from UNLV

 

Summer Session Grants

Summer Session Grants are designed to enable summer study for doctoral students, however excellent master’s and specialist’s students may be considered. Ten awards are given, each offering a grant during the summer.

Applicants must:

 
  • Submit an application in AY with all required supporting documents by the deadline listed on the website.
  • Have completed at least 12 credits of graduate study at UNLV (at the time of application).
  • Have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Enroll in a minimum of six credits in any one or combination of summer sessions.

Criteria for selection will include summer plans for conducting dissertation or thesis research.

UNLV Graduate Access Childcare Scholarship

UNLV Access Childcare Scholarship offers competitive, need-based scholarship funding to admitted/enrolled graduate students with young dependents who have already submitted their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to Student Financial Services and have documented financial need. This scholarship is available on a highly competitive basis to graduate students with child dependents who pay for professional daycare or childcare in order to attend graduate school and pursue their graduate research.

 
  • Submit a FAFSA application for the current semester;
  • Submit student Financial Services data documenting financial need based on your FAFSA.
  • Have Graduate Standing.
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits as long as they are receiving the scholarship
  • Have a current graduate GPA of at least 3.3 or higher.
  • Submit documentation that provides a Tax ID # for the childcare provider(s) and receipts showing the cost of childcare during academic semesters.
  • Upload your completed Childcare Information sheet with your application.
  • Submit application with all required supporting documents in AY by the deadline listed on the website.

 

 

Those who have all the proper documentation submitted by the deadline will be considered for a Childcare Scholarship; available childcare scholarship monies will then be distributed competitively based on financial need, childcare expenses, and graduate student GPA.

Awards will be distributed by Student Financial Services. To find out if you have been chosen as a Graduate Access Childcare Scholarship winner, please watch your Rebel Aid account and MyUNLV to see your online financial aid profile and relevant awards. Please note that no award distribution information will be available via phone from the Graduate College.

 

   

 Updates on fellowship and scholarship information are available on the Graduate College website.

 

   

Employment

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On-Campus Employment

Several campus departments and offices employ students in a variety of positions. These jobs can be viewed on the Career Services website, or on the Financial Aid and Scholarships website. On-campus employment listings are available to graduate students enrolled in at least five credits at UNLV. Financial need is not a criterion for on-campus employment.

Job Location and Development

Employment opportunities are offered to UNLV students by community businesses and individuals. These jobs can be viewed on the Financial Aid and Scholarships website or the Career Services website.

In addition to job listings, the JLD Program sponsors biannual Job Fairs where employers from businesses, government agencies, and hospitals, to name a few, come to campus to discuss part-time employment opportunities.

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study Program is a federally funded financial aid program awarded as part of the financial aid package. This program enables students to earn a portion of their college expenses through employment with a UNLV department or office or off campus with contracted nonprofit agencies. Community service is a major goal of this program. If available, students may choose jobs related to their academic majors and career objectives. Work hours may also be arranged according to class schedules.

To qualify for a Federal Work Study job, applicants must meet the eligibility requirements of the federal financial aid programs. One requirement, financial need, is determined by Student Financial Services and based on income and asset information entered on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.

Funds are limited. Therefore, applicants must mail the completed FAFSA application to the federal processing center by February 1. Questions concerning the eligibility requirements or application process may be directed to Student Financial Services, second floor, Student Services Complex.

 

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