Most of our first-year students are awarded assistantships and we take care to match you with assistantships that fit your career interests. You will automatically be considered for an assistantship when you apply to the program unless you request otherwise. (For example, you may not wish to be considered for an assistantship if you plan to pursue the degree part-time while continuing to work full-time in your current job.) Also, assistantships are rarely available in the spring semester for students who begin the program in the spring.
As a graduate assistant, you will pay substantially reduced tuition and receive a health insurance subsidy. Please consult the Graduate School’s website for the most up-to-date information on rates.You will also receive a salary as a graduate assistant. Currently, first-year assistants earn $11,374 for the fall and spring semesters. Second-year teaching assistants earn $13,724 for the fall and spring semesters. As a graduate assistant, you are expected to work 15 hours each week during the fall and spring semesters. You also have the opportunity to serve as a graduate assistant in the summer, and these positions typically pay $1,500 for 10 hours of work each week during the twelve weeks of summer session.
First-year assistantships include:
Second-year assistantships involve teaching English 103, the undergraduate composition course. You will receive extensive training prior to teaching and will be supported with a practicum and mentor program while teaching. You may choose to seek an assistantship outside the English Department instead of teaching in your second year.
If you wish to take classes in the summer, you may apply for a summer assistantship. Most of these assistantships involve working one-on-one with faculty members on research projects.
For information about loans and fellowships, please consult the Graduate School's website. Students who are not South Carolina residents and do not receive an assistantship should also look into the Academic Common Market, which may enable them to pay in-state tuition.