Financial Aid for Graduates
In addition to those forms of financial aid coordinated by the University's Office of Financial Aid, the School of Arts and Humanities offers supplemental support to graduate students through the awarding of Teaching Assistantships and grants from the Armstrong Fellowship Program. Students enrolled in all of the School's graduate programs are eligible to apply for these forms of aid.
The more common form of graduate student support consists of Teaching Assistantships. Teaching Assistants support the educational mission of the School and gain valuable experience by assisting faculty members with instruction in undergraduate courses and by staffing the programs and research Centers within the School.
Teaching Assistantships must be applied for annually and are awarded on the basis of academic merit and program needs. The selection of Teaching Assistantships is thus highly competitive. Students who apply for a Teaching Assistantship after the annual deadline cannot be guaranteed consideration.
Decisions concerning ATEC/EMAC Teaching Assistantships are made by a committee of members of the ATEC and EMAC faculty.
Decisions concerning HIST/HUMA/LATS Teaching Assistantships are made by the School's Graduate Studies Committee representatives from Aesthetic Studies, History of Ideas, and Studies in Literature.
The University requires all Teaching Assistants to enroll for nine credit hours each semester and to work twenty hours each week. Teaching Assistantships normally carry a modest monthly stipend, tuition and fee benefits, and eligibility for optional, partial medical benefits. Precise terms of compensation will be specified in the letter of offer awarding a Teaching Assistantship. Teaching Assistants are not allowed to accept outside employment. Failure to meet these requirements may result in loss of the Assistantship.
ATEC/EMAC Teaching Assistantships are normally renewed on a semester basis. HIST/HUMA/LATS Teaching Assistantships are normally renewed on an annual basis.
The School may have a limited number of summer appointments (approximately one-third to one-half the number for the regular academic year). Normally, only those students offered appointments during the academic year are eligible for summer positions.
A TAship typically qualifies a student for a Graduate Student Scholarship (GSS) that covers tuition, fees, and eligibility for medical benefits for the length of their contract, with potential coverage for up to a total of ten semesters.
The TA Application for HIST/HUMA/LATS must be filled out and submitted via email to AHTAApp@utdallas.edu or in hard copy to the Arts and Humanities Office (JO 4.510). The application must be received by February 14, 2014. Offers for the next academic year will be made in late April.
The TA Application for ATEC/EMAC students should be filled out and submitted to Becky Gozzola (ATC 3.105C) by February 14, 2014.
Robert Plant Armstrong Endowed Fellowship Fund
The Robert Plant Armstrong Endowed Fellowship Fund permits the School of Arts and Humanities at UTD to award a few modest fellowships to graduate students each academic year. In contrast to Teaching Assistantships, which involve part-time work for the school and are based solely on students' academic record, these awards are based on financial need as well as academic merit. Thus, applicants must provide the fellowship committee information on their incomes as well as estimated expenses.
While the awards are direct payments to recipients, the school requires Armstrong fellows to enroll full time and expects that they use the grants toward University tuition. Students awarded a Teaching Assistantship in 2013-14 are not eligible to receive the Robert Plant Armstrong Endowed Fellowship Fund. If a student is awarded the Robert Plant Armstrong Endowed Fellowship Fund but withdraws from classes, the amount of the award must be paid back to the University.
The Robert Plant Armstrong Endowed Fellowship Fund application form for academic year 2013-2014 must be filled out and submitted via email to AHArmstrong@utdallas.edu or in hard copy to the Arts and Humanities Office (JO 4.510). The application must be received by MARCH 10, 2014. Awards of the Robert Plant Armstrong Endowed Fellowship Fund will be announced in late April.
For more information on financial aid, please visit the UT Dallas Office of Financial Aid