Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Assistantships

Most University aid is administered through the graduate department in the form of teaching, graduate, or research assistantships that provide tuition remission and may include a small amount of money. Contact the departments to check for listings and application forms.  Graduate school is expensive and assistantships can help keep the cost manageable.  Remember that assistantships will require you to work a certain number of hours a week, so make sure that you are able to handle both your academics, as well as work responsibilities.  Many scholarships or assistantships require you to submit additional application materials, such as a resume, letter(s) of recommendation, and/or a personal statement, so be sure to have these items prepared early.

When embarking on a search for scholarships and fellowships from a source outside the University, know that there is not a single source that can list all of the scholarships for which you are eligible, but the following are good resource with which to start your research:

  • SJUcareers houses a centralized scholarship database that includes scholarships, fellowships and other similar funding opportunities for which Saint Joseph’s University students are eligible. To access these opportunities, simply log in to SJUcareers, click on “Jobs” from the top of your homepage, select “SJUcareers Job Search.”  From there, select “Scholarships” from Position Type drop-down menu and click the search button.  You will then see a menu of scholarships.  Click on the Scholarship name under “Job Title” to learn how to apply! 
  • Students are also encouraged to utilize the Saint Joseph’s University Fellowships Office, which offers guidance and advice to fellowship applicants already enrolled in University. The Fellowships Office works closely with fellowship / scholarship applicants in every step of the application process, from discerning which fellowships / scholarships best suit their needs to discussing the steps that need to be taken along the way. For more information, please visit the Fellowships Office website.
  • Scholarship books are another great resource to help broaden your search.
  • Use free online services such as Fast Web, Scholarship Experts, and Scholarships.com.
  • Explore federal and other financial aid programs using paper publications and on-line resources like finaid.org and Ed.gov
  • Contact the schools’ financial aid offices; often times they will have listings for both scholarships and assistantships that are available.
  • Review the Career Development Center's Scholarships web page for additional resources.

It is important to exercise caution and discretion when considering the use of a scholarship service.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lists six key signs that may serve as a clue that a scholarship service is a scam:

  • The agency “guarantees” the scholarship or “your money back.”
  • The scholarship service will “do all the work.”
  • The scholarship service costs money.
  • The scholarship service advertises that “you can’t get this information anywhere else.”
  • You receive information that “you are a finalist” in a competition that you never entered.
  • The scholarship service asks for your credit card or checking account number in advance.