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Funding Sources for Graduate Students

In addition to your financial aid package, there are a variety of other funding sources that can help you pay for graduate school, including:

NEW! Graduate Peer Service Awards

The Graduate School at Western Carolina University is seeking exceptionally promising graduate students for a professional development opportunity.  Graduate students selected will receive a $500 award for the academic year, $250 for the fall term and $250 for the spring term. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds. 

Graduate Assistantships

Teaching, research, and writing positions are assigned to top graduate students. Each assistantship carries a stipend amount for both the fall and spring semesters. Tuition waivers are approved by the Graduate School in conjunction with the academic colleges.

Graduate Grants, Fellowships, & Awards
Outstanding graduate students are recognized through a variety of awards.         

Graduate students can be considered for a number of scholarships on WCU's campus and from other sources. Every dollar of scholarship support your receive potentially represents a dollar that you do not have to pay out-of-pocket or borrow through a student loan program. In order to be considered for scholarships at WCU, you must submit the online scholarship application prior to February 1st. You may apply for scholarships as soon as you have submitted your application for admission. To browse the full list of scholarships and learn about other scholarship resources, go to Graduate students can be considered for any of WCU's scholarships that do not have criteria limiting them to undergraduate students. For a list of scholarships available to graduate students, please click here.

Learn about ScholarCat!  This is Western Carolina University's online scholarship portal to assist you in apply for and accepting Western Carolina University scholarships.

Tuition and Fees


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