Assistantships/ Financial Aid

Financial Aid 

UNC Charlotte students are able to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to become eligable for loans, grants, awards, or other sources of funding for their educaiton. See The Graduate School's finanical aid page for more information. 

Graduate Assistantships

Gradate Assistantships (GAships) are of two functional types, research (GRA) or teaching (GTA) based upon the predominant duties.  They provide financial compensation for students' contributions to the university, and may be combined from a variety of funding sources and functional types to a maximum of 20 hours/week.  A GAship alone does not confer any tuition reduction, award, or waiver, but may be a requirement for receiving such a separate award.
 
GAships fall into one of four different funding source categories described below.  Please note, students supporting our program in an administrative capacity are hired as temporary employees, not graduate assistants.

MHA program supported assistantships

These merit/need-based administrative assistantships supported by MHA increment funds are awarded to deserving students based upon their admissions portfolio (incoming students) and demonstrated classroom performance (continuing students).  Students support MHA program faculty in course delivery.  [No application needed. All students are considered. Standard department compensation provided. Submission of a FAFSA is encouraged.]

Public Health Sciences supported assistantships

These merit/need based assistantships are funded by the department (university allocated budget and/or undergraduate majors fees) to support faculty delivering large undergraduate classes.  Student undergraduate major, completed graduate coursework, professional experience, and classroom demeanor are considered. [No application needed. All students are considered. Standard department compensation provided. Submission of a FAFSA is encouraged.]

Faculty sponsored research assistantships

These merit-based assistantships are funded by a faculty member’s externally funded grant or contract. Faculty members (from anywhere on campus) may directly recruit candidates, advertise within one or more departments or majors, or post the opportunity on Hire-A-Niner. Student undergraduate major, completed graduate coursework, professional experience, and classroom demeanor are considered. [Application requirements, compensation, and process vary by opportunity.]

Other campus supported assistantships

Academic Departments and Service Units outside of PHS often sponsor assistantships open to our students.  These openings can be found on those units’ websites, via emailings and other postings, and/or via Hire-A-Niner.  Service Units to explore include the Student Health Center, the Counselling Center, Recreational Services, and the Center for Graduate Life, among others. [Application requirements, compensation, and process vary by opportunity.]

TUITION aWARDS

On occasion, the MHA Program makes tuition awards to deserving or needy students.  These modest awards are need-based (e.g., linked to unmet need per FAFSA) or associated with having completed a specific professional development activity such as participating in an approved professional conference. [Application requirements, award amount, and process vary by opportunity.]

MHA Scholarships

MHA students have two dedicated scholarships they can apply for, along with several college and/ or campus-wide opportunities accessed via the NinerScholars scholarship portal. The Barber Memorial Scholarship [last offered as $1,800] and the GCHEG Scholarship [last offered as $1,000].