Behavioral and Applied Sciences
College Counseling and Student Development Assistantships
Graduate students in the College Counseling and Student Development Program (M.S.) are eligible for consideration of graduate assistantships valued at $6,000 for first-year students and $6,500 for second-year students. Students awarded graduate assistantships also receive a 50 percent tuition scholarship and are expected to complete 600 supervised hours of work in a program or department on campus. For more information, contact Sharyn Miller at (626) 815-5485 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ed.D./Ph.D. in Higher Education Fellowships
A limited number of academic merit and leadership scholarships are available to entering students whose admission portfolios have provided evidence of such merit and/or leadership. These $3,500 scholarships are awarded by faculty after reviewing the portfolio; no additional application is necessary. Continuing students may be supported by research or teaching assistantships of up to $2,000 a year, by faculty invitation only. Dissertation fellowships of $2,000 are awarded on a competitive basis at the dissertation proposal stage.
Psy.D. Doctoral Program Assistantships
Funds are allocated to provide six Teaching-Research Assistantships (TRAs) each academic year. Students may apply each year for the first three years of their program. TRAs receive 50 percent tuition remission plus an annual stipend of $6,250. TRAs must provide 15 hours of service per week in the Department of Graduate Psychology during September through June of the academic year. The director of the Psy.D. program determines the roles and responsibilities of the TRAs. The Department of Graduate Psychology reserves the option to, in certain circumstances, divide the TRA positions into eight-hour-per-week positions (each student receiving one-half of the benefits) in order to assist more students.
Students must reapply for the positions each year. Students who are awarded a TRA position during any year are welcome to reapply for each of the first three years of their doctoral program. Decisions are made yearly, and are based upon the needs of the faculty and the program.
Preference is given to applicants who evidence strong academic credentials (high GPA and GRE scores, in particular) and financial need. Cultural knowledge and language skills that facilitate the provision of psychological services in an underserved community, and commitment to provide psychological services in an underserved community following graduation are also taken into consideration. Applications for the assistantships and criteria for evaluation of applications are available in the Department of Graduate Psychology.
Scholarships and Discounts
Pi Lambda Theta Scholarships
Applications and deadline information are online at www.pilambda.org or call (800) 487-3411 to receive information by mail. Awards vary from $200 to $1,000. A number of categories exist including music, physical education, counseling, psychology, and classroom teaching. Distinguished student scholar awards are also available.
CCCU Employees Tuition Discount
In support of institutions affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), APU offers a 10 percent tuition discount for the Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership or the Ph.D. in Higher Education program to any full-time faculty member or administrator of any CCCU-affiliated institution as long as the employing institution matches at least the 10 percent discount. The combined tuition discount cannot equal more than 100 percent. The amount of institutional aid is subject to coordination with federal, state, and institutional regulations, which may result in a reduction of this benefit. Please fill out the 2014–15 CCCU Employee Tuition Discount (PDF) and turn it in to the Graduate and Professional Center.