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Graduate Student Funding Portal

Your one-stop source for all things financial for CAHS graduate students.

Financial Assistance Funding Graduate School: Graduate Assistantships Additional Resources

Financial Assistance

CAHS remains committed to providing access to high quality, accessible and affordable graduate education.

Graduate students have access to a range of financial supports including fellowships, scholarships, tuition waivers, graduate assistantships, financial aid and loans which are available at the university and college levels. We encourage incoming graduate students to apply early for program admission and initiate their search for financial support at the same time. If you have specific financial aid and student loan questions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services.

Some programs and courses restrict students’ use of graduate tuition waivers. These restrictions are described more fully in the section, Restrictions on Use of Waivers.  For example, the online programs in CAHS do not generally accept special program tuition waivers, merit tuition waivers or graduate assistant tuition waivers. However, these online programs do currently accept Employee Tuition Waivers.  Exceptions to these guidelines are made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs. Students seeking graduate assistantships or merit, employee or special program waivers should review this information.

Note: Doctoral program applicants who are deemed highly competitive in Coaching and Teaching Studies and Sport, Educational Psychology, Educational Theory and Practice, Sport, Exercise, Exercise and Performance Psychology, and Higher Education will have their names forwarded for University Fellowship consideration following acceptance.

Financial Aid and Loans Financing Graduate School

Graduate Assistantships

Gain financial assistance while building experience by working with faculty and seasoned professionals.

Assistantships Offered Through the College

The college offers a range of graduate assistantship opportunities for students in our academic majors including: teaching assistantships, research assistantships and service assistantships. We also collaborate with other university and community partners to provide additional discipline-specific graduate assistant positions for our students. These paid positions enable graduate students to pursue their academic interests while simultaneously gaining additional professional experience.

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Mountaineer GOAL Assistantships

Many of our students have success finding graduate assistant positions with WVU Athletics through our Mountaineer GOAL Program. These competitive, paid positions are often viewed as an important next step in building a career in the sport industry. A graduate assistant position in a Big 12 athletics program can provide a direct pathway to full-time employment in the dynamic field of intercollegiate athletics.

Mountaineer GOAL Assistantships

Additional Resources

  • Student Employment At the WVU office of student employment, you'll find information and opportunities for both on- and off-campus employment, including graduate assistantships.

  • Healthcare and Insurance Find out what healthcare and health insurance options are available to students.

  • Emergency Assistance Get information regarding emergency funds and awards.

  • Managing Personal Finances Use these resources to prepare your budget for some of the unique financial constraints created by pursuing a graduate degree.

  • Food and Community Resources View a listing of various free community resources available throughout the greater Morgantown area.

  • Mental Health and Well-Being Get information for crisis hotlines, therapy, mindfulness training, stress management and other resources offered by the University to students.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for federal and state financial aid?

Financial aid is available for qualified students. We encourage you to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine your eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.

Where can I go to get questions answered about my account and billing?

The Mountaineer Hub provides students with a one-stop resource for information regarding student accounts, financial aid, scholarships, academic information and student employment.

Are there affordable housing options available for graduate students?

West Virginia University offers a range of housing opportunities for graduate students. Please visit WVU Campus and Community Life for details.

How much will my graduate education cost and what is the value of a tuition waiver?

You can estimate the cost of university and college tuition/fees using the calculator available at https://tuition.wvu.edu/. Waivers typically cover the cost of university tuition only.

How does student health insurance work for those with graduate assistantships?

Graduate assistants are offered the WVU Aetna student health insurance plan at no or reduced cost. Graduate assistants who are expected to work at least 20 hours per week are provided with the WVU Aetna student health insurance at no cost, while GAs who are expected to work 10 hours per week will have half of the WVU Aetna premium covered. If you meet minimum eligibility requirements and do not opt out of the WVU Aetna student health insurance plan by completing the online student health insurance waiver, you will be automatically enrolled in the WVU Aetna plan. Visit the WVU Talent and Culture website to learn more about the related policies and procedures.

What tuition waivers are available for online gradaute students in CAHS?

We price the online programs to market as the primary strategy for helping our professional learners control their educational costs. All online learners in the college pay the same flat rate for tuition and fees based on the undergraduate and graduate level. Due to the use of this alternative tuition model, students in our online programs are not eligible to apply for graduate assistantship tuition waivers, graduate merit tuition waivers, or special program tuition waivers. The only tuition waiver accepted are Employee Graduate Tuition Waivers for full-time WVU and WVU Research Corporation employees who have regular appointments that qualify for benefits. This waiver may be applied to a maximum of one master's degree, one doctoral degree, and one certificate. Please view Graduate Education and Life's page for more information. Exceptions to these guidelines are made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs.

Are international students eligible for graduate assistant positions in your college?

Yes, we welcome graduate assistant applications from international students. Potential graduate teaching assistants whose native language is other than English must meet an English language speaking proficiency requirement before the college can extend a graduate teaching assistant contract offer. You can meet the English language speaking proficiency requirement in one of two ways: (1) standardized test scores as the default, or (2) the TrueNorth speaking test as an alternative measure. Please visit the WVU Intensive English Language Program website for specific details about the English proficiency requirement.