Assistantships and Scholarships
Ithaca College offers a limited number of graduate assistantships to full-time matriculated students in communications, exercise and sport sciences, music, and speech-language pathology. Accepted full-time matriculated students in a program leading to a master's degree in one of these academic areas who have a minimum 3.00 undergraduate GPA are eligible to apply.
Ordinarily, graduate assistantships are awarded for the fall and spring semesters of each academic year. However, if funds are available, graduate assistantships may also be awarded during the spring semester and summer sessions. Two letters of recommendation addressing work-related and/or personal qualities must accompany each application for a graduate assistantship.
Deadlines for Completing Assistantship Applications
Application materials for assistantships must be submitted to the dean of graduate studies before March 1 with the following exceptions:
· Exercise and sport sciences --- assistantship applications are accepted throughout the year; however, for fall semester, applications received before February 15 are given first consideration.
· Speech-language pathology --- February 1
Tuition Scholarship, Graduate Appointment Salary
A graduate assistantship consists of two parts --- a tax-free scholarship and a taxable work-related salary. The graduate appointment salary will be paid through the College payroll system on a bi-weekly basis from September 15 through May 15. The salary will not be paid until the student has completed the W-4 and I-9 forms, which will be available at registration. The recommendation for financial assistance originates with the respective graduate chair and is approved by the graduate dean.
The duties and responsibilities of each graduate assistant are arranged and supervised by the appropriate school or department. An average of up to 15 hours per week is normally required to fulfill a graduate assistant's assigned duties on a full assistantship.
Ithaca College offers a limited number of graduate scholarships to matriculated M.B.A. students. Scholarships range from one-quarter to full tuition, and are awarded on the basis of academic merit. In most cases, scholarship awards are determined by May 1, and recipients will be notified by May 15. Completed applications received by April 15 will receive first consideration for scholarships.
All applicants to the M.B.A. program are considered for scholarship awards, which are announced when students receive notice of admission to the program.
Credit and Load Requirements
Students must register for a minimum of 9 credits each semester during the academic year to maintain an assistantship (6 credits in the summer). Students with full assistantships may take a maximum of 12 credits per semester. Students with full graduate scholarships may take a maximum of 15 credits per semester.
A full-time student is defined as one who takes 9 credits per regular semester. During the summer, enrollment in 6 credits is considered full time.
Full-time students on assistantships normally may not take more than 12 credits per semester. Full-time students on scholarships normally take 14 credits per semester. Exceptions should be requested in writing and require approval of the dean of graduate studies. Students with TAP awards must take 12 credits per semester, or 9 credits plus a graduate assistantship.