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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Psychology

Student Funding and Support

In most cases, acceptance into the program comes with an offer of financial support, either through the department or an outside contract/grant. Each year, about 6-8 departmental assistantships are available for new school program students. The 2012-2013 stipend for a 9-month assistantship for an incoming student is $16,250 and the 2012-2013 tuition abatement is  $5,458 per semester. These assistantships require 20 hours of work per week in the department as a research or instructional assistant.

In addition to departmental positions, the program maintains several community assistantships which include placements in local schools and agencies. These may involve up to 20 hours per week and often are 12-month placements. These assignments are made by the program director, based on student interests and experience level.

Additional opportunities also exist for advanced students to teach undergraduate psychology courses. To qualify, students must have taken Psychology 790 (Teaching of Psychology) and the University's Instructional Development Project's workshop in teaching.

Students are encouraged to pursue any grants, fellowships, and research support for which they might qualify. These are generally available through various funding sources, including the Graduate School, the Department, and professional organizations.

All assistantships include a reduction in tuition and fees



Dr. Scott Decker and Graduate Students (Julia Englund (left); Alissa Roberts (right)
at USC's Graduate Student Research Day