School Psychology Program Funding
The School Psychology Program has been very successful in maintaining comprehensive financial support throughout each student's academic career. We have provided assistantships to students in the first 4 years in the program for the past 30+ years*. These assistantships provide students with a base stipend currently at $16,250 for the academic year, however, it could be more depending on the specifics of the contract. At the outset of the program, these positions involve being a research assistant for a faculty member or an instructional assistant for courses within the department. In the latter years, students may continue to teach or do research while others obtain graduate assistantships in community placements through Psychology Department contracts. Most of our students successfully obtain fully-funded APA accredited internships for the last year of the program. In addition to this, the department covers full tuition for the first four years of the program and the student is responsible only for health care fees, technology fees and lab fees. The base stipend and tuition abatement is often supplemented by graduate school scholarships for the nine-month period and summer funding from research grants.
*A student who is not maintaining a "B" average or is not considered in good standing by the faculty is not eligible for Department administered assistantships.
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
THE FOLLOWING FUNDS AND FELLOWSHIPS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE TO OUR GRADUATE STUDENT BODY:
Funds for Graduate Student Research: The department has some funds available for the support of graduate student research. Most students use a combination of support from faculty and awards to help offset research costs, such as the dissertation.
Laura Griffin Student Development Fund: The Department has a student development fund established in honor of a prior student. The purpose of this fund is to help support the following: research conducted by the students; student's travel when presenting the student's own research at conferences; special educational opportunities; and publication costs for the student's published articles. The awards committee for this fund has prioritized the money to support the costs of student research projects. An application form is now available on-line.
Graduate School Summer Dissertation Fellowships:The Graduate School awards a limited number of Summer Dissertation Fellowships to students in the final phases of completion of the dissertation, but the student must have no other support for that period of time to be eligible.
Graduate School Trustee Fellowships: The Graduate School also awards several types of Trustee Fellowships to graduate students who exhibit excellence in graduate study. These awards typically range from $750 - $5000. For more information, please visit http://gradschool.sc.edu/students/curr-trustee.asp?page=paying.
Ralph H. Tindall Fellowship: The department has an endowed award used to support students over the summer while working to complete the dissertation. An announcement calling for applications for the award is made by e-mail each spring via the department's graduate student listserve.
American Psychological Association Fellowships:The APA continues to sponsor a Minority Fellows Program for graduate students in psychology. These fellowships are multi-year stipends and are awarded competitively. The APA awards approximately 100 Student Travel Awards to enable students to travel to professional meetings to present their research. The deadline for application is early spring. The APA also makes Dissertation Research Awards of $500. Students make application at the time the prospectus is approved.
Student Loans from Emergency Fund: The Department currently is receiving regular anonymous donations earmarked specifically for emergency loans to graduate student. Two loan categories have been established. "Short-term" loans will be made to students for a period not to exceed 60 days. "Long-term" loans will be made for periods exceeding 60 days. These loans will be made at a yearly interest rate of 4%. Please contact Dr. Bret Kloos for more information.
Other Fellowship Programs to support research:Several federal agencies maintain pre-doctoral fellowship programs to provide up to three years of support for students in training. The National Institute of Mental Health, National Science Foundation, and National Research Council have programs relevant to the interests of students in the School Psychology Program. Application for these funds involves the preparation of a training plan and research proposal.
For information about financial aid from other sources, please visit the Financial Aid Office website: https://sc.edu/financialaid/