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Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning

O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2700

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning

O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2700

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Financial Assistance

Support your best investment with financial assistance from Oakland University. More than half of all OU students receive financial assistance totaling more than $175 million annually. You can benefit from those funds, too — you just have to apply.

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OU Grants & Scholarships

OU offers and renews awards at its sole and absolute discretion; offers and renewals are contingent upon the availability of funds and continuation of the programs.

Graduate Assistantship

Oakland University offers graduate assistantships so you can gain professional experience while contributing financially to the successful completion of your graduate degree. Assistantships are available to full-time, degree-seeking graduate students.

Eligibility and requirements
  • Students must have "regular" admission status to a specific graduate degree program
  • Students must be in good academic standing
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment status at Oakland University during the semester(s) for which they are appointed
  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and show satisfactory progress toward completing degree requirements
  • Students may not hold other employment positions during the term of appointment, either at Oakland University or elsewhere, without prior written permission from their faculty adviser and Graduate Education
  • Students must apply through Handshake
Available positions
Graduate Study and Career Services have been working together to improve the hiring of Graduate Assistants (GA) through Handshake. Students must apply in Handshake to any open positions they are interested in.

Oakland University supports the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution regarding graduate scholars, fellows, trainees and assistants.
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KCP Fellowship

The King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Future Faculty Fellowship Program was established in 1986 by the Michigan State Legislature to increase the pool of traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education.

KCP Fellowships are funded from an annual State of Michigan appropriation to Oakland University. Graduate Education holds a competition for KCP awards and provides recipients with financial assistance to pursue master's and/or doctoral degrees. A master's recipient can receive a maximum stipend of $20,000 and a doctoral fellow can receive a maximum stipend of $35,000.

Tuition for KCP fellows are paid by Graduate Education as long as the recipient:

  • remains in good academic standing
  • enrolls for a minimum of 16 credit hours each calendar year
  • enrolls in courses that satisfy degree requirements

Preference will not be given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sex or national origin. Applications from women, men, people with disabilities, and individuals from cultural, linguistic, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds who would otherwise not adequately be represented in the graduate student and faculty populations are encouraged to apply.

Awarded fellows must file a Request for Tuition Reduction each term they are enrolled.

The KCP Future Fellowship Program is administered with support from the Workforce Development Agency.

To be eligible for this fellowship, students must:
  • be admitted into an Oakland University graduate degree program that facilitates a career in post-secondary education;
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • be a Michigan resident as defined by Oakland University;
  • be in good academic standing as defined by Oakland University;
  • not be a current recipient of a KCP Fellowship Award at another institution;
  • not have received another KCP Fellowship Award for the same degree level (master's or doctorate)*; and
  • not currently be in default status on any guaranteed student loan and/or a KCP loan.
* Possession of a doctoral degree disqualifies a candidate from holding a KCP Fellowship.
Application process

Eligible students who are currently enrolled or admitted into a graduate degree program at Oakland University may complete and submit an application, along with supporting documents by January 12. Applications must be complete in order to be considered, and include:

  • A KCP application form
  • Two recommendation forms which should be current and speak to the fellowship
  • A letter from the academic program coordinator or department chair indicating the student will satisfactorily complete his/her intended degree in a reasonable time. For students admitted to master's programs with the expectations of completing a doctorate at OU or other Michigan university, this letter must also address the likelihood of the student being admitted to such a doctoral program.
  • A personal statement indicating academic and career goals in post-secondary education
  • A resume or curriculum vitae (i.e., a brief statement of the applicant's education and scholarly achievements)

Submit all materials to:

KCP Fellowship Award
Graduate Education
O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482

Selection process

A selection committee reviews applications annually and recommends candidates to the Executive Director of Graduate Education. Selections are made on a competitive basis using criteria that includes academic performance, research accomplishments and potential, recommendation letters, and personal statements. Fellowship decisions are not subject to appeal.

Award notifications are sent by mail no later than end of April. 

Conditions for acceptance

KCP Fellows agree to complete a master's degree within four years and a doctoral degree within eight years of receiving the fellowship, and are obligated, by signed agreement, to remain in post-secondary faculty teaching or administration in a public or private, 2 or 4 year, in-state or out-of-state post-secondary institution for a minimum of three years equivalent full-time.

Fellows who do not fulfill the teaching and/or other obligations of their fellowship agreement may be placed in default, which results in their fellowship converting to a loan (referred to as a KCP Loan) that he/she repays to the State of Michigan.

KCP fellows should complete the KCP Fellowship Exit Interview once their fellowship is complete.

For questions, please contact (248) 370-2700.

Winter 2019 scholarship

Any current or newly admitted graduate student who does not have a Graduate Assistantship can apply for a $1000 scholarship. The scholarship is non-renewable. There will be 30 awards for the Winter 2019 semester. 


You must submit the scholarship application by Friday, December 14, 2018. 


To qualify for the scholarship, you need to: 

  • Be admitted to a graduate program starting Winter 2019 semester OR be a current graduate student in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 or higher) 
  • Be registered for classes prior to December 15, 2018
  • Be on a payment plan or have tuition paid by December 15, 2018

Receiving the award

Students applying for the Winter 2019 semester scholarship will receive information by January 14, 2019. 

Federal Aid

Federal student aid comes from the U.S. Department of Education as a result of filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Federal Traineeship Grants
Each year OU’s School of Nursing applies for Federal Traineeship Grants, which are funded by the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The purpose is to support traineeships for licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time graduate students, first-year nurse anesthesia students, part-time students in the last 12 months of their program, or full-time students beyond the twelfth month of study in a master's nurse anesthesia program.

Federal TEACH Grants
Offered to students in a master’s degree program which leads toward teaching, the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides $4,000 in annual grants with a maximum cumulative award of $8,000 (two years). Less than full-time students have the same cumulative maximum, but have prorated annual awards. Candidates must agree to serve as full-time teachers at certain schools serving low-income students, and teach subjects within certain high-need fields (foreign language, mathematics, reading specialist, science, special education) for at least four academic years within eight years of completing the course of study for which the grant was received. If a grant recipient does not fulfill the teaching obligation, the TEACH grant funds convert to a direct unsubsidized loan that must be repaid with interest. Requires completion of the FAFSA.


Available to graduate and undergraduate students, work-study awards are wages that can be earned through a campus job and does not have to be repaid. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis according to a student's financial need.

Visit Handshake, OU’s career development platform, to search and apply for work-study positions.

Graduate students can receive federal unsubsidized loans without a co-signer. To view annual and aggregate loan limits, visit the Federal Student Aid’s loans webpage.

Graduate students may also apply for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, which is approved or denied based on the student's credit. View the online application, and visit the PLUS loan page for more information regarding interest rates and repayment terms.