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Oakland University participates in a variety of financial assistance programs to help students pay for their educational expenses. Assistance can be awarded by Oakland University, federal government, and by private sources. 
 
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 January 1 for the next school year. Awards depend on the availability of funds.

Financial Aid Award notifications begin in March. 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.
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The Oakland University Assistantship programs provide students an opportunity to gain professional experiences, which enhance graduate instruction and research, while contributing financial assistance to the successful completion of a graduate degree. Oakland University budgets financial resources for a number of graduate assistantships that are made available to full-time, degree-seeking graduate students. 

Eligibility and Requirements for a Graduate Assistantship Appointment

  • Students must have “regular” admission status to a specific graduate degree program.
  • Students must be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA).
  • ALL students with graduate assistantships are expected to maintain a full-time enrollment status at Oakland University during the semester(s) for which they are appointed.
  • Graduate Assistants must maintain an overall grade-point average of 3.00 AND show satisfactory progress toward completing degree requirements.
  • Students may not hold other employment positions during the term of appointment, either at Oakland or elsewhere, without prior written permission from their faculty adviser and Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.
Interest Form
Graduate Assistantship Interest form 

Notify academic departments of your interest in receiving an assistantship. Although graduate assistantships may be awarded without submission of this form, the information on this form provides academic departments pertinent details often associated with review of assistantships awards.

Eligible graduate students should send their completed copy of the form to:

Evonne Mitchell
Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning
520 O'Dowd Hall
Rochester, MI 48309.

Submit questions or concerns to Evonne Mitchell at mitchel3@oakland.edu.

Graduate Assistant Posted Positions

The majority of Graduate Assistantships at OU are offered through academic departments and might NOT appear on this page. Graduate students interested in assistantship opportunities should also talk with their advisor and other faculty members within their department.

Graduate Assistant - The Honors College (PDF)
Establish Graduate Assistant program for The Honors College, prepare manual. Assist upper-level undergraduate Honors College students to prepare for graduate school...

Graduate Assistant - Office of Undergraduate Admissions (PDF)
The GA, under the direction of the Visit Coordinator or Communications Coordinator, is involved in a variety of activities including recruitment program planning and implementation support, coordination of the campus visit program, and organization of the student admissions ambassador program. 

Graduate Assistant - College of Arts and Sciences (PDF)
The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program seeks a Graduate Assistant to aid in the publicizing and development of this new interdisciplinary program by increasing the visibility of this program on campus, advising students and organizing colloquia and workshops.

Research Assistants are Academic Student Employees (ASEs) hired by faculty to assist in program research agenda. Student research assistants participate in the design, execution, analysis and evaluation of OSH research projects.

Employers - Download the Graduate Assistantship posting form


Detailed information regarding Graduate Assistantships can be found in the Graduate Catalog.

 

Oakland University supports the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants.



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King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship

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

The KCP Fellowships are funded from an annual State of Michigan appropriation to Oakland University. Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning 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.

The tuition for KCP fellows is paid by Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning as long as the recipient

  1. remains in good academic standing,
  2. enrolls for a minimum of 16 credit hours each calendar year, and
  3. enrolls in courses that satisfy degree requirements.

Awarded Fellows must file a request for tuition reduction each term they are enrolled.

The King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program is administered by Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning with the support of the Workforce Development Agency

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for this Fellowship, a candidate must:

  • be admitted into an Oakland University graduate degree program that facilitates a career in postsecondary 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); possession of a doctoral degree disqualifies a candidate from holding a KCP Fellowship;
  • not currently be in default status on any guaranteed student loan and/or a KCP loan
APPLICATION PROCESS

Eligible students who are enrolled currently or admitted into a graduate degree program at Oakland University may complete the application and submit it, along with supporting documents by the December 12 deadline date. The complete Fellowship application is composed of the following six parts:

  • KCP application form
  • Two recommendation forms (PDF) 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 the intended degree in a reasonable time. For students admitted to master's programs with the expectation of completing the doctorate at Oakland University or at another Michigan university, this letter must also address the likelihood of the student being admitted to such a doctoral program;
  • A personal statement which indicates the applicant's academic and career goals are in postsecondary education;
  • A resume or curriculum vitae - a brief statement of the applicant's educational and scholarly achievements.

Application must be complete in order to be reviewed.
SUBMIT ALL PARTS OF THE APPLICATION TO:
KCP Fellowship Award
Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning
Oakland University
520 O'Dowd Hall
Rochester, MI 48309

SELECTION AND AWARD

A selection committee reviews applications annually and recommends the candidates to receive the award to the executive director of Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning. Selections are made on a competitive basis using criteria that include academic performance, research accomplishments and potential, recommendation letters, and the personal statement. Fellowship decisions are not subject to appeal.

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

CONDITIONS FOR ACCEPTANCE

Future Faculty 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 postsecondary faculty teaching or administration in a public or private, 2- or 4-year, in-state or out-of-state postsecondary 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 the Fellow repays to the State of Michigan.

Contact Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning  at (248) 370-4052 if you have additional questions.



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Federal Student aid comes from the U.S. Department of Education as a result of filing a FAFSA. There are three categories of federal aid:

Grants

Federal Traineeship Grants:
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

Work-Study

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 www.OUCareerLink.com to search and apply for student employment positions.

Loans

A graduate student can receive a Federal Unsubsidized loan without a co-signer. To view annual and aggregate loan limits, visit the loans page on the Federal Student Aid website. .

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..


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How you finance your education is a choice that will impact your life for years after graduation. 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.

Private Scholarships

Students are encouraged to apply for private scholarships through foundations, social and religious organizations, employers, and private donors. Create a profile at Big Future to search and apply for private scholarships. Below are additional private scholarships for which students may apply.

American Residential Warranty Scholarship: One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who writes the best essay on one of three topics.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: December 15, 2014

Announcement Converters Graphic Arts and Design Scholarship: One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who best writes an essay describing the future of specialty paper and envelopes in the graphics art industry and any upcoming trends.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: December 26, 2014

Automotive Women's Alliance Foundation Scholarship: Scholarships are awarded quarterly to female, North American citizens, with a passion for a career or advancement in automotive and related industries.  For more information and to apply, click here.  
Application Deadline: varies

BestCounselingDegrees.net Scholarship: One $2000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student enrolled in a counseling program.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: April 15 and October 15 annually.

Bridgat Scholarship: Four scholarships valued up to $6,500 will be given to students who demonstrate excellent academic performance and leadership in cross cultural activities.  For more information and to apply, click here.  
Application Deadline: December 31, 2014.

Buckfire & Buckfire Disability Scholarship Program: A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a U.S. Citizen enrolled at an accredited university within the U.S., has a disability diagnosis, a minimum 3.0 GPA, and has completed one semester of classes at a university.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2014.

Calabria Club Scholarship: Three scholarships will be awarded to Oakland University students who are descendants of residents of Calabria, Italy and who can demonstrate financial need.  For more information, click here.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2014

Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship: Two applicants will receive $500 scholarships to recognize outstanding young people who have overcome serious injury.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: December 31, 2014

Christian Record Services for the Blind Scholarship: Undergraduate students enrolled full time who are considered legally blind (20/200 with correction) can apply for a scholarship.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: April 1 annually

Classic Diamond House Scholarship: A $1000 scholarship is given annually to the student who submits the most compelling essay about diamonds.   For more information and to apply, click here.  
Application Deadline: May 15, annually.

Cliffside Malibu Scholarship: Three scholarships with a total value of $18,500 are given annually to students who submit the best work in one of four categories: video, design, research, or programming.  For more information and to apply, click here.  
Application Deadline: varies per semester.

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan: A number of scholarships are available to students who have graduated from certain high schools in the southeast region of Michigan, dependents of parents who are employed by certain companies in southeast Michigan.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: varies.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scholarships:  A number of scholarships offered by the CBC Foundation are available for application.  For more information and to apply, click here.  
Application Deadlines: varies 

Create A Greeting Card Scholarship: One $10,000 scholarship will be offered to a student seeking a college degree who submits a unique photo, piece of artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card.. For more information and to apply, click here.  
Application Deadline: February 18, 2015.

Dentistry Scholarship: One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to an aspiring dentist or dental hygienist who submits the best essay regarding recent or upcoming technology and how it will reshape the field of dentistry.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: December 21, 2014

Double D Trailers Scholarship: One $500 scholarship will be offered to a student seeking a college degree who demonstrate an interest in horses through ownership or involvement in equine organizations and activities. For more information and to apply, click here.  
Application Deadline: May 1, annually.

Double D Trailers Scholarship: One $5000 scholarship will be offered to an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing an engineering design degree. For more information and to apply, click here.  
Application Deadline: May 1, annually.

Driver Safety Scholarship: One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school student or currently enrolled college students in Michigan.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: December 31, 2014

Dutch Crafters Heritage Scholarship: Awarded based on academic achievement and financial need.  Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and complete an essay.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline, May 1, 2014 

EmergencyLights.net Scholarship: One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who submits the best video and essay entry regarding the resolution of the U.S. skilled labor crisis.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: December 15, 2014

Excel Builders Scholarship: One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who writes the best essay on one of three topics.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2015

Foundation for Science and Disability Graduate Student Grant: Awards of $1000 each are made to qualified college or university students in any field of Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Technology, or Engineering.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2014

Goedeker's Appliances Book Scholarship: Two $500 scholarships and four $100 scholarships for Fall 2015 will be offered to the student who best and most creatively describes why college attendance and field of study are important to the applicant.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: July 31, 2015

Google Lime Scholarship: One $10,000 scholarship will be offered to an undergraduate or graduate student in the U.S. who will be pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree in the 2015-2016 school year and who has a visible or invisible disability.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: January 18, 2015

Government Financial Officers Association: Multiple scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing careers in state or local government finance.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: February 20, 2015. 

HomeInsurance.com: One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a current student who creates an original article on one of two topics.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: December 31, 2014

I'm In Scholarship: One $1000 scholarship will be given to the student with the best essay regarding coupons and their influence on purchasing decisions. For more information and to apply, click here.  
Application Deadline: December 31, 2014.

In-Home Care Innovation Scholarship: Three $1500 scholarships will be given to students who write the best essay on one of three topics related to in-home health care.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: December 31, 2014

Insurance Providers Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship: One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who creates the best social awareness campaign for motorcycle safety.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2014.

Interior Deluxe Scholarship: One $1500 scholarship will be awarded to the undergraduate or graduate student who best answers the application essay questions.  For more information and to apply, click here.  
Application Deadline: October 15, 2014.

Internet.Frontier.com Scholarship: One $2000 scholarship will be awarded to the student who writes the best essay on one of two topics given about digital learning.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: November 16, 2014

ItaliaRail Study Abroad in Italy Scholarship: Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled in their university's Italy study abroad program.  For more information, click here
Application Deadline: November 30, 2014.

John Dewan Memorial Foundation Scholarship: Multiple scholarships will be provided to students who are taking at least one labor studies course and are sponsored by a member of a labor organization.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: February 15, annually

JRC Insurance Group Scholarship: One $1000 scholarship each semester will be awarded to a high school senior or college student who best explains why the family breadwinners' incomes should be protected by life insurance, and the characteristics displayed by those who put their family first.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: April 1, 2015

Lighting55 Scholarship: One $1250 scholarship will be awarded to a college student 16 years of age or older whose short essay answers are most persuasive, compelling, and well-=written.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: October 15, 2014

Mhelpdesk Scholarship: One $1500 scholarship will be awarded to the student who makes the best video marketing Mhelpdesk to potential clients.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: December 15, 2014.   

Michigan Women's Tax Association: Awards scholarships annually to a female student pursuing a career in taxation.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: November 15, 2014.  

Pelican Water Systems Scholarship:  Three scholarships are awarded to first, second, and third place winners of an essay contest.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: October 15, 2014.

Senior Care Innovation Scholarship: A Place for Mom offers a $1000 scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a nursing, social science, or medical program who is planning to work with senior citizens.  For more information and to apply, click here
Application Deadline: April 15, 2015.

Sertoma Scholarship for the Hard of Hearing or Deaf: Awarded to students with clinically significant bilateral hearing loss who are undergraduate students.  For more information and to apply, click here
Application Deadline: May 1, 2015

Software Providers Scholarship: A $1000 scholarship will be awarded to writes the best essay on one of two topics.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: 5:00 PM, September 30, 2014.  

SweatBlock Social Confidence Scholarship: One $2000 scholarship will be awarded to a degree-seeking student who writes the best essay on one of three topics.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: July 15, annually.

White Buffalo Club Scholarship: Awarded to one student annually in the amount of $500, applicants are challenged to write a unique creative essay of a minimum 700 words on Jackson Hole, Wyoming to attract tourists to visit and vacation in the area.  For more information and to apply, click here.
Application Deadline: 12:00 PM, August 15, annually.

Private Loans

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. Students can find lenders on websites such as Student Lending Analytics

Consider these factors when shopping for a lender:

Eligibility

  • Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional Development, Certification
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Enrollment Requirements – ie., less than half-time
  • International Students

Interest rate

  • With or without a co-borrower (co-signer)
  • Interest adjusted when and how

Fees

  • Origination fees and other charges
  • Prepayment
  • Late fees

Borrower benefits

  • Direct Debit
  • Co-borrower release
  • Graduation reward

Repayment terms

  • When does repayment begin?
  • Can principal and interest be deferred?
  • When is interest capitalized?
  • Maximum repayment period

Loan limits

  • Minimum loan amount
  • Annual and aggregate loan limits
  • Allow loans for past balances (if applicable)

Service

  • Responsive customer service
  • Student focused



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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.  

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