FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

GENERAL INFORMATION 

Students are responsible for monitoring their financial situation, including the amount of aid (e.g., federal loans) that is available to them, as well as the cost of tuition. All students are strongly encouraged to visit the Office of Financial Assistance to discuss their situation, receive guidance on applying for aid, and for assistance preparing for their educational future.

Applicants can learn more about the cost of living in the Florence, SC area by exploring this cost of living calculator, sponsored by TownHunter.com.


INFORMATION ABOUT DEPARTMENTAL ASSISTANCE

There are a number of scholarships and assistantships available to students enrolled in the MSAP program. Scholarships and assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Students must complete an application to indicate their interest in receiving one of these scholarships and/or assistantships.

  • Click here to read more about the available scholarships and assistantships.
  • Click here to download the application. Applicants should submit this completed form to the Psychology Department by the application deadline. Current students who are receiving a scholarship and/or assistantship need to complete this form each semester. The departmental administrative associate will notify current students of the deadlines for submitting this form.

All applications returned by the specified deadlines will be reviewed for academic merit by the Psychology Department faculty. Determination of merit includes consideration of academic performance at the applicant’s baccalaureate institution and, for currently enrolled graduate students, performance in the MSAP program. For the PSY 216 teaching assistantships, potential for effective instruction is an additional consideration.

Scholarships

The Department has a limited number of $250 scholarships available to graduate students enrolled in the MSAP program. Out-of-state students who receive a scholarship in the amount of $250 or more per semester are eligible to receive a waiver of out-of-state tuition (i.e., they will pay in-state tuition). Awards made in the spring and used toward that spring semester’s tuition also can apply toward the subsequent summer semester’s tuition. Both in-state and out-of-state students are considered for these awards, and award decisions are based solely on academic merit. These scholarships are renewable for 6 consecutive semesters (i.e., 3 academic years) or for a period of time approved by the Department, contingent upon continuous enrollment in the MSAP program and satisfactory progress in the course of study. A student may receive a scholarship through the first semester in which he/she is enrolled in internship, PSY 699/799 (i.e., the scholarship no longer applies during the semester in which an “Incomplete” grade for PSY 699/799 is carried over).

Assistantships

A wide range of on-campus assistantships are available to students enrolled in the MSAP program. All assistantships entail approximately 20 hours of work per week. Approximately 25-30% of MSAP students receive an assistantship.

Assistantships available within the Psychology Department are described here. Please note that the offering of assistantships may vary from semester to semester. We work to develop relationships with other areas on campus so that our students will be eligible for those assistantships as well (e.g., ARCH program, Registrar’s Office, Housing Office).

Local Employment Opportunities

Students who are seeking more extensive employment that is flexible their degree program might consider applying to the FMU Richardson Center for the Child.

Information about other sites that tend to hire our students will be posted here as it becomes available.


INFORMATION ABOUT EXTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

In addition to the departmental scholarships and assistantships listed above, there are several outside funding opportunities available for graduate students. Information and links are listed below:

  • APAThe APA website provides several different scholarships/fellowships/grants/etc. for students.
  • Psi Chi – The National Honor Society in Psychology.
  • Graduate Incentive Scholarship Program (CHE) – For “historically underrepresented” students.
  • Phi Kappa Phi - For students or applicants who are also members of Phi Kappa Phi.
  • Pi Gamma MuInternational Honor Society in Social Sciences

In addition, current students should investigate the National Health Service Corps’ loan repayment program. Information can be found here.