Graduate Assistantships

The College of Engineering offers a number of full and partial Graduate Assistantships each academic year. Assistantships are categorized as teaching or research focused. New graduate students who receive assistantship funding support are typically notified during the admissions process. Continuing graduate students are also eligible for new or renewal of assistantship funding each year, in accordance with university and departmental policies. Assistantships are awarded based on academic performance and adhere to policies and procedures outlined in the University Bulletin. Students receiving a Graduate Assistantship are advised to review the policies and procedures regularly.

Full support assistantships are issued for a 12-month period in relation to the academic year, and cover tuition, fees and a stipend. External need-based aid programs for self-funded or partially-funded students include: National Direct Student Loan, college work-study or hourly work, and institutional loans.

Additional information on funding graduate studies is available on the VCU Graduate School website. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may also explore need-based financial aid by way of the Federal Student Aid FAFSA Form or by visiting the VCU Student Financial Services website.