To receive full consideration for all programs, it is recommended that all students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year, as soon as possible after October 1 for the next school year. Awards depend on the availability of funds.
Students can expect to receive Financial Aid Award Notifications beginning in January for the next school year. OU Financial Services sends an award notification to the OU email address with instructions for viewing awards on MySAIL. In case of a change to an award, OU Financial Services sends a revised award notification to the OU email address with instructions for viewing awards on MySAIL. Students in an eligible graduate or post-master's certificate program may qualify for financial aid.
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.
- 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
Eligible students should email their completed form to email@example.com.
Oakland University supports the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution regarding graduate scholars, fellows, trainees and assistants.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
5 pm - 7 pm
Nyberg Room #242
The following is the presentation from the Graduate Assistant Orientation on Tuesday, January 17, 2016. Included in the last slides were questions from the students and the answers provided. If any graduate assistants have questions regarding this presentation or items not addressed please do not hesitate to contact us.
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.
- 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.
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
O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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.
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.
The School of Nursing applies each year for Federal Traineeship Grants. Funds for the traineeship come from 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.
The Federal TEACH Grant:
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 grant. The maximum cumulative award is $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.
Graduate students are able to apply for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan. The Graduate PLUS loan is approved or denied based on the graduate student's credit. An online application is available at www.studentloans.gov. For information regarding interest rates and repayment terms, visit the PLUS loans page on the Federal Student Aid website..
Choose loan programs you can live with long term. Government loan programs usually offer lower interest rates and more flexible repayment plans than most private/alternative loans. Maximize your borrowing from all federal loans before considering supplemental funds from a private loan. The limit on a private loan is equal to the cost of education minus other awarded financial aid.
A number of banks and lending institutions offer private loan funding to assist students with the cost of education. A co-signer may be required, depending on the student's credit history and credit worthiness. Borrow wisely and compare lenders to make a smart, long-term choice. Be wary of private loan offers which discourage you from working with your financial aid office, offer introductory rates, do not tie the loan interest rate to a fixed percentage of LIBOR or PRIME rate, or claim that you can apply and receive money immediately. OU will certify a private loan from any private lender. Many private loan options are available and students can choose to apply for a private loan with any banking institution of their choice. If students need to utilize loans, it is best to exhaust all federal loan options before seeking a private loan. Read more about federal and private loan options. Although not a comprehensive list, StudentLendingAnalytics.com provides a brief overview of private loan options.
Consider these factors when shopping for a lender:
- Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional Development, Certification
- Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
- Enrollment Requirements – ie., less than half-time
- International Students
- With or without a co-borrower (co-signer)
- Interest adjusted when and how
- Origination fees and other charges
- Late fees
- Direct Debit
- Co-borrower release
- Graduation reward
- When does repayment begin?
- Can principal and interest be deferred?
- When is interest capitalized?
- Maximum repayment period
- Minimum loan amount
- Annual and aggregate loan limits
- Allow loans for past balances (if applicable)
- Responsive customer service
- Student focused
Consolidation loans combine several loans, with various repayment schedules, into one loan, requiring you to make only one monthly payment. The interest rate on a consolidation loan also may be lower than what you're currently paying on one or more of your loans. Student borrowers with at least one Federal Direct Loan may wish to consider a Direct Consolidation Loan.