Financial Aid and Graduate Awards

A variety of opportunities exist for financial assistance through the Graduate Program in Criminology and Criminal Justice. There are teaching and research assistantships that provide a stipend and the remission of tuition and in turn students work twenty hours per week for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.  In addition, there is a George Lewis Ruffin Fellowship for minority students which provide tuition remission and a stipend. These awards on made on the basis of scholarly merit and professional experience rather than financial need. The number of these awards is limited and early application is recommended. Decisions regarding assistantship awards are made at the same time as admissions decisions.

Graduate Student Scholarships are available to master’s applicants and offer tuition remission with no work requirement. These awards are based on scholarly achievement and are limited to the top applicants.

Deans Scholarships awards provide a 1/3 tuition discount to full-time students or a 1/4 tuition discount to part-time students.  These awards are based on scholarly achievement and are limited to the top applicants.

With the exception of the George Lewis Ruffin Fellowship students do not directly apply for these awards but are nominated by the Admissions Committee as part of the admission review process.  The award is generally given for the duration of the program providing students remain in good academic standing.  Please contact Ms. Laurie Mastone at for specific information and application requirements for the Ruffin Fellowship.

The Graduate Student Financial Services Office oversees federal financial aid and alternative educational loan programs. For additional information on need based financial aid please visit their website at

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