Funding Opportunities and Information about Financial Assistance for Graduate Students in History

McGinty Fellowships for Graduate Students in History

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The Department awards McGinty Fellowships to candidates of exceptional merit. These awards consist of a stipend.

Candidates for McGinty Fellowships ordinarily should have an overall grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale), have taken at least 21 hours of history as an undergraduate, be eligible for unconditional admission to graduate school, and have strong letters of recommendation from persons acquainted with his/her scholarship and character.

Selections are made by the McGinty Advisory Board acting in conjunction with the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of History. The amount of each fellowship or scholarship is commensurate with the qualifications of the applicant and the availability of funds. McGinty Fellows must pursue their studies on a full-time basis, but are not required to perform extra duties. A McGinty Graduate Fellowship is awarded for one academic year, but a recipient may apply for renewal on a yearly basis. Applications are due by March 15 for the following fall quarter.

Graduate Assistantships

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The Department of History awards annually a limited number of Graduate Assistantships. These awards carry a stipend of $5,000 plus a waiver of out-of-state tuition fees (when applicable) and are tenable for one academic year. Renewal for an additional year is possible. Holders of Departmental Assistantships must pursue full-time study and also work at least 15 hours per week in the Department of History. Candidates for Departmental Assistantships must ordinarily have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applications are due March 15 for the following fall quarter.

Other Graduate Scholarships

In addition to the McGinty Graduate Fellowships described above, the Department of History has established two other graduate scholarship programs, the Louise B. Johnson Graduate Scholarship and the Morgan D. Peoples Graduate Scholarship. The competition for these scholarships is announced annually.

Other Forms of Financial Assistance

The University also offers an extensive financial aid program encompassing employment, loans, and scholarships that is available to assist students. Need, skills, and academic performance are carefully weighed to develop a "financial package" for qualifying graduate students.

Employment is available in a wide variety of forms to the graduate student who is willing to work. Areas of work include but are not limited to clerical, maintenance, food service, laboratories, library, and dormitories. Pay rates are commensurate with the skill and experience required, and work is limited to avoid interference with academic pursuits. The University participates in the Federal College Work-Study program designed to assist students with financial need in addition to employment available through individual departments on campus.

For information regarding other forms of financial assistance available to graduate students at Louisiana Tech University, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 318-257-2641, or send an e-mail to The student is advised to make inquiries at the Office of Student Financial Aid in person or by writing P. O. Box 7925, Ruston, Louisiana 71272 in January prior to fall enrollment.

Graduate students must be unconditionally admitted and enrolled in their degree program in order to qualify for their federal assistance. Federal regulations stipulate that any undergraduate and graduate student must be enrolled "in an eligible program for the purpose of obtaining a degree, certificate, or other recognized credential." Non-degree students do not qualify for financial aid. Requirements for admission into the master's or doctoral programs are listed in the Graduate School section of this Catalog. Before graduate students can be considered eligible for any financial assistance, they must meet all admission standards as specified by the Graduate School and their academic college. Students admitted as Unclassified, Transient, Master's Plus 30, and Extension who are not education majors seeking a teaching certificate are considered enrolled in a non-degree program, and, therefore, are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. All inquiries regarding these standards should be referred to the Graduate School or to the appropriate academic dean.

Graduate students must meet the requirements for "satisfactory progress" in order to be eligible for participation in the programs of student financial aid at Louisiana Tech University. What constitutes "satisfactory progress" and the consequences of failure to meet them successfully are applicable to the federal financial aid programs in a different fashion from regulations governing academic probation and suspension. Federal regulations frequently mandate amendments to established policies; consequently, financial aid participants (and potential participants) would be well-advised to maintain close liaison with the financial aid office regarding these requirements.

All applicants for federal financial assistance must complete their file in the financial aid office at least 2 months prior to the beginning of the quarter for which they seek to receive aid. Priority is given to applications received by or before published deadlines. The following sources of financial assistance are available to eligible students, providing funds are available.

Monthly Payment Options for Students and Families

Tuition Management Systems offer families several Monthly Payment Options to help make education expenses more affordable. The Interest-Free Monthly Payment Option enables families to spread all or part of the annual expenses over equal monthly payments. There are no interest charges and only a small annual fee. This plan includes life insurance protection covering the unpaid balance at no additional cost. Additionally, low-interest monthly payment options, including an unsecured loan, a home equity credit line, and federally backed loans, are also available. Please contact Tuition Management Systems at 1-800-722-4867 or 401-849-1550 for more information on these programs.

Federal Perkins Loan Program

A Perkins Loan is a low-interest loan designated to help undergraduate and graduate students pay educational costs. A graduate student may borrow up to an aggregate for all years of $30,000. A new student borrower has a nine-month "period of grace" after the student ceases to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis at the University before repayment must begin.

Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan Program (Formerly Guaranteed Student Loan Program)

Stafford loans are available for students meeting certain qualifications. Loans are made up to $8,500 per year for Subsidized Stafford and $10,000 per year in the Unsubsidized Stafford for graduate students. Aggregate loan limits are $138,000 for graduate/professional students of which no more than $65,000 of this amount may be in subsidized loans. The graduate debt limit includes any subsidized Stafford Loans received for undergraduate study.

After a student's application has been processed by the Office of Student Financial Aid, his/her Stafford loan is electronically certified and submitted for guarantee. He/She will receive a promissory note from the Guarantee agency which he/she must complete with references and return to his/her lender, credit union, or savings and loan association. This process may take 3 weeks before funds are available. Under the Subsidized Stafford Loan Program, interest charges to the student and repayments begin six (6) months after the student is no longer at least a half-time student. In the Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program, interest does accrue while the student is enrolled on at least a half-time basis and students are required to make interest payments while in school or have the interest capitalized. To apply, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Louisiana Tech Financial Aid Data Form.

Academic Scholarships

Louisiana Tech University has a General Scholarship Program also. Scholarships are divided into the following categories:

  • Academic Scholarships - These scholarships are awarded on the basis of demonstrated ability--usually with regard to need.
  • Grant-in-aid and Service Awards - Frequently, these are awarded on the basis of special skills and require the student to render a service to the University. Included in this category are scholarships in athletics, music, band, and academics.

Vocational Rehabilitation Grants

Vocational Rehabilitation is a public service program for physically and mentally handicapped individuals. To be eligible, a person must have a permanent disability which constitutes a job handicap. Graduate students with disabilities are advised to contact the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation in their districts for consideration of their cases.

Veterans' Orphans Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to sons and daughters of deceased war veterans. Students apply to the Department of Veterans' Affairs in their district.

Graduate Residentships

Graduate residentships are positions appointed by the Director of Housing for graduate students serving as hall directors in both men's and women's residence halls. Applicants may be married or single. There are limited positions available for summer. The applicant must be enrolled as a graduate student and agree to register for not more than 6 hours of course work each quarter. Responsibilities include residence hall staff supervision, program implementation, and coordination of hall administration. Additional information and application forms can be obtained from the Department of Housing, Louisiana Tech.