FINANCIAL SUPPORT The university has several programs that students can apply for to receive financial support towards their educational goals. Students should contact their Graduate Coordinator or the Graduate Education Office to determine which program will provide the maximum benefit to their academic goals and support a timely completion of their degree. • TA/GA Appointments •
Resident Tuition Waivers
Non-resident Tuition Waivers
• Graduate Equity Fellowships • Graduate Presentation Award • California Pre-Doctoral Program • Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program
TA/GA APPOINTMENTS Cal Poly has launched a program, funded by student success fees, that awards appointments for Teaching Associate (TA) or Graduate Assistant (GA) positions. The goals of the program are as follows: •
Enable top students to join and remain at Cal Poly by providing necessary financial support.
• Support teacher-scholar model by enabling students to do creative works that are either published or presented at an appropriate conference. •
Enable graduate students to develop teaching skills and encourage them to enter the teaching profession at institutions of higher education.
Provide an experience that deepens the student’s mastery of their field of study through the learn-by-doing experience.
The criteria for being selected for one of these positions are as follows: •
For a TA appointment, indicate how the experience will enable you to become a teacher-scholar. Indicate if the class you want to teach is impacted.
For a GA appointment, indicate how this will expedite the completion of your research project/ creative work. Also indicate if any outside collaboration will be supported by the funds. Identify if the results will be published or presented at a conference.
• To receive funds you must have filed a Working Formal Study Plan with the GradEd office. For incoming applicants, awardees must have a Working Formal Study Plan on file by the end of their first quarter of enrollment. • Appointments are limited to a maximum of three quarters in any one academic year. • TA appointments are paid a stipend according to the WTUs assigned to the class. Check with your Grad Coordinator and Department Chair for details. • As a TA, the student can be the instructor of record; however, this is not required. 23
Information, requirements, and useful links for Cal Poly graduate students.