Student Funding

2017-2018 Funding

Master's Merit and Graduate School Grant Awards are now closed (deadline was May 15th).   Accepting GASP nominations for doctoral students on a rolling basis until the first day of classes, via eGA.

Details about current and upcoming deadlines for tuition support are located in GPDNet, in the GPD News + Info tab, Admissions, Recruitment & Enrollment Management section, Funding subsection.

Assistantships and Employment

The Graduate School contact for information about Graduate Assistantships is  The Graduate Assistant Application (if you require students to complete one) can be found on the Forms page.

New!  Graduate Assistantship positions are now posted to the University’s Hire-A-Niner portal. Please note that departments are not required to list their open positions.  Departments or programs who have an open assistantship to post, can enter their position details including position description, application requirements and submission details directly to Hire-A-Niner.

Ready to hire a Graduate Assistant? "Initiate an Assistantship" in eGA.  Read more about eGA, including whom to contact with questions.

Students who hold Teaching Assistantships are required to attend Graduate Teaching Assistant Training, if they have not done so before.  Held at the beginning of each semester, training includes important information on legal issues in teaching, best practices, academic integrity as well as practical tips for the first day of class. The Graduate School contact for information about GTA training is Dr. Katherine Hall-Hertel.  

Philanthropic Scholarships

UNC Charlotte offers many merit and need-based scholarships annually to recognize outstanding students for prior and sustained academic achievement, and provide assistance to students who have demonstrated financial need. Applicants for need-based scholarships must have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15 for the upcoming academic year and have no outstanding requirements or financial obligations to the university in order to be considered. University scholarships may be used to offset the cost of tuition, room and board, books, or other approved costs. Specific requirements for each scholarship are different and may be based on program (degree + major), GPA, specific course enrollment, or other criteria. To search for scholarships and review criteria, visit UNC Charlotte's searchable scholarship database.  Students may apply for the awards using the Niner Scholars portal.

Veteran's Graduate Awards

(Nominations closed on March 1, 2017)

Nomination Form (NinerNet log in required)  Please place the text "Veteran" in the comments box prior to submitting form.

The Graduate School supports efforts to recruit exceptionally talented military veterans to graduate programs at UNC Charlotte. Veteran's Graduate Assistantships provide a graduate assistantship (teaching or research) for two academic years, resident tuition support (in accordance with the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act) and health insurance (if needed), to three newly admitted graduate students (doctoral or master's) per year.  For doctoral students, the assistantship stipend is $18,000 for 9 months; for master's student, the assistantship stipend is $12,000 for 9 months. The assistantship will be in place for two years, after which the department or program of study must provide funding as necessary. A third year for a master’s student may be negotiated if needed to complete the degree. After the second year, doctoral programs are expected to provide continuing support (assistantship or fellowship) to the recipient as long as the student is making satisfactory progress toward the degree (full-time enrollment with a minimum grade point average of 3.00). The Graduate School will commit to continue tuition and health insurance awards for an additional three years.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Military veteran from any branch of service with an honorable discharge
  • Newly admitted to a master's or doctoral graduate program at UNC Charlotte but not yet enrolled (first-year student).
  • Register for a minimum of 6 graduate credit hours in each term the assistantship is in effect and maintain satisfactory progress toward the degree to remain eligible.
  • Nominees must provide proof of military service with an honorable discharge (e.g., copy of the DD214), to the Graduate School prior to the deadline.