Financing Your Graduate Education

The MAHG and GPC Programs work hard to ensure that students never have to forgo enrollment due to financial need. Please always contact the Program Director when faced with financial hardship.

As you will see from the information below, there are several ways to finance your graduate education. One of the main ways in which current students help finance their education, apart from financial aid, are the Foundation Scholarships, which are available to all students already enrolled in the MAHG Program. New MAHG students who are not yet able to apply for scholarships, or who cannot move to New Jersey, or who cannot pay the out-of-state rate, may consider enrolling first in the Genocide Prevention Certificate Program. The 15 credits earned online through the GPC eventually can be transferred to MAHG (assuming admittance to the MAHG Program), but they are considerably less expensive (see the current tuition costs).

There are six basic ways to finance your education at Stockton:

  1. Graduate Assistantships
  2. Distinguished Research Fellowship
  3. Need-based Financial Aid
  4. Foundation Scholarships
  5. Personal Resources
  6. Graduate Student Travel Fund

In addition to the above options, it will be beneficial to read Stockton’s guide on “How to Finance Your Graduate Education”. There are additional resources that can enhance one’s GradSense along with a Budget Calculator and a Cost of Living section. These tools were created with students in mind and allow you to think through real life situations.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are an important form of financial support for degree-seeking graduate students and are offered by each of the graduate programs. Assistantships are granted in the form of tuition waiver and can vary from a one credit waiver to nine (9) credits or the maximum tuition charge per semester, whichever is applicable. Awards are made on a semesterly basis during the academic year (August – May).  Nominations are made by the faculty and program director of each graduate program and are then forwarded to the Director of the Office of Graduate Studies for final approval. Students who are approved for an assistantship will receive an offer-of-appointment letter from the Director.

Students must submit a Graduate Assistantship Application and letter of interest to their program director. The deadlines generally fall on or around October 31 for Spring semesters and March 31 for Fall semesters, but the program director will be in touch with students via email each semester regarding deadlines for GAship applications.

Click here for the graduate handbook, which includes the graduate assistantship application.

Distinguished Research Fellowship

Awards (stipends) are available up to $2000.00 per project to assist graduate students in pursuit of projects of a research and/or creative nature. For details and applying, click Guidelines and Application Procedures below. Application deadlines are: December 1 for the Fall Funding Cycle and March 1 for the Spring Funding Cycle.

Eligibility Criteria:
Students must be enrolled full or part-time as matriculated graduate students at Stockton during a.) the semester immediately preceding, b.) the semester in which funds will be utilized; and c.) the semester in which the second half of funding is paid. Students must be in good academic standing as defined by a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

Projects must meet all of the following:
a) will contribute to the evidence base of concepts, theories, and/or practice within one’s discipline.
b) will result in a peer-reviewed journal article and/or presentation at a professional conference, seminar or workshop on the state, national, or international level.

Guidelines and Application Procedures
Listing of Prior Recipients

Need-based Financial Aid

The cost of education at Stockton remains highly affordable. Yet, it is understandable that many students need financial assistance while working towards their degree. Each year millions of dollars are allotted from federal, state, and University sources to fill this need.

US citizens wishing to apply for financial aid from Stockton should file the application on the web at by the priority filing deadline of March 1st (for fall term admission) or August 15th (for spring term admission). Graduate students must be accepted to the University in a degree-seeking status to qualify for financial aid. To qualify for financial assistance through federal aid programs, a student must be matriculated and an American citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Foundation Scholarships

The scholarship program, made possible by both University funding and private donations to the Stockton University Foundation, provides awards to outstanding freshmen, upperclassmen and graduate students. Awards to upperclassmen and graduate students are determined by a presidential-appointed Scholarship Selection Committee. This Committee includes representatives of the faculty, administration, and Board of Directors of the Stockton University Foundation.

Students may apply to the Scholarship Program on an annual basis. Successful applicants exhibit high academic achievement as well as leadership and service to the University and community. Award recipients maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and are fully matriculated students. To apply for scholarships, please fill out the General Scholarship Application found by visiting the University Foundation.

Personal Resources

Graduate students may choose to fund their education predominately from personal funds and resources or by taking out loans from private lending institutions (e.g., non-U.S. government loan programs).

Private loans, also known as alternative loans, help bridge the gap between the actual cost of education and the amount the Federal government allows you to borrow through its various loan programs. Private loans offered by private financial lenders (e.g., banks, savings and loans, etc.) do require some paperwork, but there are no Federal forms to complete. Some graduate students use private loans when they have an unexpected expense, then they need more flexible repayment options, or if Federal loans do not provide enough funding.

The public library and online sites are excellent resources for your search. Many companies and labor unions have programs to assist employees, members and dependents seeking graduate education. Opportunities may exist with foundations, religious organizations, fraternities or sororities, town or city clubs, community organizations and civic groups. Organizations and societies connected with the student’s field of interest may also provide financial aid.

Veterans benefits may be available if the graduate student is a veteran or currently in the Reserves or National Guard. Children and spouses of veterans who are disabled or deceased as a result of serving in the military may also be eligible for educational assistance. For more information, contact the Veterans Affairs Office at Stockton (609) 652-4984, or the NJ Veterans Affairs Regional Office (800) 827-1000.

Graduate Student Travel Fund

The Division of Academic Affairs in the Office of the Provost offers support for graduate students who are involved in creative activity or presenting research. Participating students can apply for up to $1,250 in travel expense funds for the following categories:

  • Travel Expenses (ex: airfare; train ticket; mileage reimbursement if driving, etc.)
  • Hotel/Lodging
  • Conference Fees/Registration

Groups of five or more students can apply for a maximum of $5,000 in travel funds per event/conference/activity. Students with GPAs of 3.0 or higher will be given first consideration.

To maintain eligibility for the travel funding, the event/conference/activity must be in, or closely related to, your program of study or research. Some examples include:

  • Presenting a paper or poster at a national or widely-recognized conference
  • Participating in a creative activity such as a music performance or theatrical play

You will also be expected to present any results and share your experiences in a forum at Stockton University, such as a Day of Scholarship exhibit or a presentation in the Graduate Studies Graduate Research Symposium.

Make sure to submit your application materials at least four weeks before event travel.

You can find more information about eligibility and procedures for funding as well as the application for the 2018 fiscal year here. A direct link to the funding application can be found here. Make sure to have all necessary supplemental material before beginning the application. Necessary supplemental material includes the following items:

  • Official confirmation of conference acceptance (names of all students must appear).
  • A letter of support from a faculty mentor or preceptor (names of all students must appear).
  • A transcript from each student (unofficial is acceptable).
  • Information regarding previous STF funding (if applicable) – such as a previous year’s awardletter.
  • Reservation confirmations (hotel, airline, car rental etc.

Interested in learning more? Check out the MAHG Grant, Fellowship, Internship, and Assistantship Opportunities here!

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