There are several financial aid options available to new and continuing undergraduate and graduate students, Information about federal financial aid can be found through the University of Virginia Office of Student Financial Services.
Below is a summary of funding options for prospective and continuing students enrolled in the Curry School of Education:
Financial Aid for Undergraduates
All new and continuing undergraduates at the University of Virginia may be eligible for federal loans, grants, scholarships, work study and other categories of need-based financial aid. We encourage you to submit your application for financial aid no later than the first of March, so that the Office of Student Financial Services can provide you with an estimate of your eligibility for the upcoming academic year. To determine your eligibility and procedures for applying for aid, visit the website of UVA's Student Financial Services. Scholarship and fellowship opportunities for undergraduates can be found on the website of UVA's Center for Undergraduate Excellence.
Financial Aid for Masters & Education Specialist Students
Financial aid options available to MEd, MT,and EdS students include loans and federal work-study options described on the website for Student Financial Services. At the school and departmental levels, master’s and education specialist students are encouraged to speak to their advisors and principal investigators (PI’s) regarding potential paid positions on grant-funded projects at the Curry School and throughout the University.
- America Reads is a unique work-study opportunity at Curry.
- The TEACH Grant provides grants to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.
- The Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color provides a stipend for master’s-level teacher preparation.
- UVA's Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs has scholarship and fellowships listed on its website.
- UVA's Center for Undergraduate Excellence lists scholarships and fellowships available to graduate students.
- Students can browse external scholarships by field at UCLA's GRAPES (Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support) Database.
- Additional scholarship information can be found at through the MSU Library's Grants Database.
Curry School of Education Foundation Awards
Once enrolled in the Curry School, students are eligible for Curry Foundation scholarships and awards. The majority of Foundation scholarships are based on both merit and financial need. Descriptions and criteria for Foundation scholarships and awards may be found through the Foundation’s website.
For more specific information, please see the Curry Foundation Awards and Scholarships page.
Discounted Tuition for PreK-12 Educators
The Curry School of Education grants reduced tuition rates to eligible preK-12 educators according to the eligibility guidelines on the Special Tuition Application for PreK-12 Educators. Note that reduced tuition is applicable to credit-bearing courses only; not to research credits. Beginning spring 2014, the reduced tuition rate can be applied to up to six credits of coursework per semester.
Financial Aid for Doctoral Students
Doctoral students who meet eligibility requirements are eligible for loans and federal work-study options. Full-time on-Grounds students may also qualify for assistantships and fellowships through the Curry School of Education. To be considered for this funding, applicants must complete questions specific to departmental aid within the online application.
Financial support packages, which may include a combination of fellowship funding, bi-weekly pay, tuition remission/adjustment, and health insurance, is decided at various administrative levels. Heads of these administrative groups will notify all recipients following funding and placement decisions during the spring of each academic year. Funding support may last up to four years.
Continuing doctoral students who hold Curry graduate assistantships or fellowships should notify their assistantship supervisor, committee chair, and/or program area chair if they wish to be considered for the same or a different graduate assistantship or fellowship for the upcoming academic year. Continuing doctoral students who have not yet been awarded an assistantship or fellowship, but wish to be considered for the following academic year, should speak to their doctoral committee chair and members, department chairs, or program area heads regarding their department procedure for applying for the following year’s available assistantships and fellowship funding. Procedures among departments may vary, as will available positions and funding.
Doctoral students who do not receive financial aid packages in the form of graduate assistantships or fellowships are encouraged to speak to their program or committee chairs and members, class instructors, as well as the principal investigators (PIs) regarding potential paid positions on grant-funded projects ongoing at the Curry School and throughout the University.
Tuition Adjustment (out-of-state students)
Individual departments select a limited number of qualifying out-of-state doctoral students to receive tuition adjustments, which pay the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. To be eligible for consideration, out-of-state doctoral students must be employed in a significant academic capacity at the University of Virginia and earn at least $5,000 during the academic year. Individual departments will determine students’ level of enrollment, verify that students meet the minimum required earnings, and award the tuition adjustments.
Tuition Remission (in-state students)
As part of teaching, research or administrative graduate assistantship award packages, qualifying in-state doctoral students may receive tuition remission. Tuition remission provides for full payment of in-state tuition and fees during the academic year. Only doctoral students holding qualifying assistantships and earning at least $5,000 during the academic term of their employment may be eligible for tuition remission.
Graduate Student Health Insurance Subsidy
The University of Virginia covers the full cost of single-coverage premium for qualifying doctoral students and this subsidy may be applied toward the purchase of a single-student, spousal, or family plan from the University’s graduate student health insurance provider. Qualifying students must earn at least $5,000 during the academic year as a teaching, research or administrative graduate assistant. A fellowship recipient who is awarded at least $5,000 over the course of the academic year is also eligible for the health insurance subsidy.
Questions regarding coverage specifics, to include plan enrollment requirements to be completed for every year of eligibility, should be directed to the U.Va. Department of Student Health, (434) 243-2702.