A limited number of graduate assistantships (GA) are available for fall and spring terms. Individuals who plan to attend graduate school full-time (9 hours per semester) are eligible for GA positions. GAs receive a tuition waiver, a monthly stipend, and are expected to work 20 hours per week; however, the student is responsible for student fees.
Only graduate students admitted to the School of Graduate Studies and accepted into a graduate degree program may hold an assistantship. To qualify, graduate students who have previously taken graduate level courses must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Graduate assistants must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0/4.0 grade point average (GPA) to remain eligible for assistantship support. International students are eligible for graduate assistantships as soon as they are unconditionally admitted as graduate students at East Tennessee State University. Graduate assistants may be appointed for no more than two calendar years in a master's program.
Tuition scholarships are available for first semester, full-time students (9 hours) in the fall and spring terms. Tuition scholars (TS) provide 8 hours of weekly service and receive a tuition waiver; however, the student is responsible for student fees.
Tuition scholarship contracts are renewable, but must be consecutive. If a tuition scholarship student accepts a GA and performs the duties of a GA, they cannot change back to a tuition scholarship.
To apply for a Graduate Assistantship (GA) or Tuition Scholarship (TS), you must first check the appropriate box on your graduate school application package. We strongly encourage you to contact the department in which you would want to work and express your interest in a GA or TS. You may then view vacancies by clicking on the Current List of Available GA & TS Positions.
ETSU, Graduate Studies, and Clemmer College offer scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students. These scholarships include incentives for both in-state and out-of-state candidates. For information about the various scholarships and the criteria for these scholarships, consult:
You can find information regarding financial aid and a link to the FASFA application at ETSU Financial Aid.
Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in certain elementary or secondary schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a portion of your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans. If you have PLUS loans only, you are not eligible for this type of loan forgiveness.