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    Assistantships

    • What is a graduate assistantship?

      A graduate assistantship is an appointment that offers opportunities for students to engage in research, teaching, and other projects during their graduate study. Both half- and full-stipend assistantships are available. Half-stipend assistantships require students to perform assistantship assignments for a minimum of 10 hours per week during the period of the assignment. Full-stipend assistantships require students to perform assistantship assignments for a minimum of 20 hours per week during the period of the assignment. 
    • Am I eligible to be a graduate assistant?

      You must be accepted as a graduate student in a degree program and be enrolled full-time to qualify for a graduate assistantship.
    • How do I apply for an assistantship?

      You should contact your Graduate Program Director for application guidelines. 
    • How are assistantships paid?

      Graduate assistantships pay through UCF Human Resources according to the biweekly pay schedule. If you have questions about your assistantship payments, speak with your hiring department. 
    • Does my assistantship include tuition remission?

      The level of tuition remission will be commensurate with the level of your assistantship appointment. If you have a half-time appointment (10 hours per week), you are eligible for tuition remission of one-half of the resident (in-state) tuition. If you have a full-time appointment (20 hours per week), you are eligible to receive full resident (in-state) tuition remission. Tuition remission does not include local fees (building fee, financial aid fee, activity and service fee, athletic fee, etc.); however, some hiring departments do cover all or part of these local fees.
    • Does my assistantship include paid health insurance coverage?

      If you are receiving a university fellowship that is accompanied by a tuition waiver or you are a graduate assistant with a single appointment of at least 20 hours per week (0.5 FTE) or two appointments of at least 10 hours per week each (0.25 FTE each), you qualify for health insurance coverage paid for by the College of Graduate Studies.

    Fellowships

    • How are fellowships paid?

      Most graduate fellowships are disbursed through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the UCF College of Graduate Studies. Student Financial Assistance begins disbursing fellowship funds and other aid after the registration and drop/add period has ended (usually the second week into the term). For the portion of tuition charges covered by the fellowship, the tuition payment deadline will be deferred until fellowship disbursement. If students are not enrolled in full-time hours by the end of the drop/add period, their fellowship will be cancelled. Fellowship payment will first be applied to the student's account balance. Remaining funds will be disbursed to the student either as a check mailed to the current mailing address of record or as a direct deposit into the student's account, if the student has provided the bank information in myUCF.
    • How can I check if my fellowship has paid?

      Students can check to see if a fellowship payment has been applied to their account through myUCF. In myUCF, select "Student Accounts" to see awards that have been set up to pay against your account.
    • Are university fellowships available to graduate nondegree-seeking students?

      Students must be accepted as a graduate student in a degree program and enrolled full-time to be eligible for university fellowships or assistantships. Nondegree-seeking students and students who are only admitted to a graduate certificate program are ineligible for UCF financial support.
    • If a fellowship requires a college-nomination, is there an application I must complete?

      No. University merit-based fellowships require student nominations through the college and program offices. All admitted graduate students who apply by the Fall Priority Deadline are automatically eligible for consideration in this nomination process. For more information, you should communicate directly with your program.

      For a list of graduate fellowships that do require a student application, visit funding.graduate.ucf.edu/fellowships/.

    • How will I know if I have been selected for a fellowship?

      If you are selected as a fellowship recipient, you will be notified by the College of Graduate Studies by email. Offers will be sent to your Knights e-mail account (if it is established). If you do not have a Knights email account, the offer will be sent to the preferred email address on record with UCF. Please make sure that your email, telephone number, and mailing address are current in myUCF.
    • Can I get an advance on my fellowship for books or emergency expenses?

      Yes, you can request a short term advance to cover books and supplies or unexpected emergencies. Visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance website at http://finaid.ucf.edu/receiving/disbursements.html for more information.
    • If my fellowship includes tuition remission, how do I know if the waiver has posted to my student account?

      In myUCF, select "Student Accounts" and click on the "View Your Account" option to verify that the tuition remission has posted to your account. This information will also appear on your fee invoice.
    • I am an international student. Do I qualify for financial support?

      International students are eligible for graduate assistantships and certain university fellowships.

      International students with fellowships must complete additional paperwork with the UCF International Services Center. Deferments for tuition and fellowship awards will be placed on the student's account, but payment cannot occur until all required paperwork is completed and the valid Social Security Number (SSN) has been provided to the Registrar's Office.

      Review the Financial Information section of the current Graduate Catalog at www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu/content/FinancialInfo.aspx for additional information.

    • Does UCF offer minority fellowships?

      UCF offers fellowships for doctoral and master's students, international and domestic students, minority students, and newly admitted students. For a complete listing of our fellowships, please visit the Fellowships section of our website at https://funding.graduate.ucf.edu/fellowships/. Additional information is available in the External Fellowships as well.

    Paid Health Insurance

    Presentation Fellowship

    • How do I apply for a Graduate Presentation Fellowship?

      The Graduate Presentation Fellowship application is available in your myUCF Student Center. Once you log into myUCF, click on Student Self Service and then Student Center. In the Student Center, scroll down to the Graduate Students section. Select the Presentation Fellowship Application (currently names "Travel Fellowship Application") from the “choose Graduate Form” drop-down menu.

       

    • How are Graduate Presentation Fellowships paid?

      Once they are reviewed and approved by the College of Graduate Studies, Presentation Fellowships are disbursed through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the Graduate College. Fellowship payment will first be applied to your account balance. Remaining funds will be disbursed to you either as a check mailed to the current mailing address of record or as a direct deposit into your account, if you have provided the bank information in myUCF
    • How often can I receive a Graduate Presentation Fellowship?

      Only one Graduate Presentation Fellowship application per student may be funded for a 12-month period (fiscal year July 1-June 30).
    • What are the requirements to receive a Graduate Presentation Fellowship?

      You must be an enrolled graduate student in good academic standing who is delivering a research presentation or comparable creative activity at a professional meeting. You must also be the primary student author and presenter. To maintain the award, you must complete the Graduate Presentation Fellowship Report upon your return and provide proof of conference attendance.  
    • Are there other sources of funding for graduate student presentation at conferences?

      Yes, the Student Government Association also funds individual student and group travel requests. See http://www.ucfsga.com or contact the Student Outreach Services office in the Student Union, room 208, or at sosgrad@ucf.edu

    Tuition Remission

    • Am I receiving a tuition waiver or a tuition payment?

      GTAs and university fellows receive tuition remission in the form of tuition waivers, while GRAs and GAs receive tuition remission in the form of tuition payments from their employing units. If you have a GRA and GTA assistantship, you may receive waivers for the GTA portion of your assignment and a payment for the GRA portion of your assignment. 
    • When will my tuition remission post to my student account?

      Tuition waivers will show as credit on your term bill starting about two weeks before the first day of classes, based on approved assistantship and enrollment. Tuition payments will show as credit on your term bill after add/drop closes, starting the first business day after add/drop closes.
    • How do I know if my tuition remission has posted to my student account?

      Log into myUCF and click on Student Self Service. From there, click on Student Center and scroll down to the Finances section. Click on "Fee Invoice" to view your term bill. Tuition remission details will appear in the Payments, Waivers, Third Party, Aid section of your fee invoice.

 

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Please note the commission's expectation that contact occur only if there is evidence to support significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. For other information about UCF’s SACSCOC accreditation, please contact the university's SACSCOC liaison in UCF's Office of Academic Affairs.

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