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Outside of graduate assistantships and scholarships offered by individual programs, most graduate students finance their education through federal loans. In order to apply for federal loans, applicants must complete the FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and have the information sent to RWU. Completing the FAFSA is the only requirement in order to receive a financial aid package. Please review the following important information:

  • In order to be eligible for federal financial aid at RWU, students must be enrolled at least half-time (at least 6 credits per semester).
  • An initial financial aid package will be offered based on the course load indicated on the applicant's graduate application. A final financial aid package will be determined once the student has officially registered for classes.
  • Students enrolled in less than six (6) credits per semester are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Non-matriculating students are not eligible for financial aid.

For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 401-254-6200 or gradadmit@rwu.edu.

Graduate Assistantships & Scholarships

RWU offers graduate assistantship and scholarship opportunities to students enrolled in the programs in Architecture, Art & Architectural History, Clinical Psychology, Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology, and Historic Preservation. The amounts for these awards vary by program. All assistantships and scholarships are merit-based and are offered based solely on application materials; no additional documents or applications are required in order to be considered. All other graduate programs do not currently offer assistantships or scholarships.

Architecture
The graduate program in Architecture offers guaranteed paid graduate assistantship and internship opportunities to all students admitted to the Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree program. Each full-time student receives $3,000 per year as part of the Career Investment Program, which provides the student with 200 hours of paid work in an internship setting (i.e. with an architecture firm) or working with a faculty member on project-based research.

For students possessing a 3.0 cumulative GPA upon admission to the program, merit-based scholarships in the amount of $6,000 per year are automatically awarded in addition to the graduate assistantship or internship. Students will be notified at the time of acceptance if they have been awarded a merit scholarship.

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Art & Architectural History
The graduate program in Art & Architectural History offers guaranteed paid graduate assistantship and internship opportunities to all students admitted to the M.A. in Art & Architectural History degree program. Each full-time student receives $3,000 per year as part of the Career Investment Program, which provides the student with 200 hours of paid work in an internship setting (i.e. with an architecture firm) or working with a faculty member on project-based research. The assistantship will be prorated at 50% for students who take part-time coursework (six credits per semester).

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Clinical Psychology & Forensic Psychology (45-credit thesis programs)
The graduate programs in Psychology begin only in the fall of each year. In each fall cohort, four graduate assistantships are awarded. Each assistantship includes a scholarship and paid research component. Three awards involve working directly with faculty members in the graduate program on individual research projects. The specific research placements will be determined by the Program Director and faculty once the program begins in accordance with student interests. The fourth assistantship provides a talented student who possesses strong statistical skills a scholarship and paid work opportunity in the Office of Institutional Research.

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Clinical Psychology (60-credit clinical & forensic programs)
Students pursuing the 60-credit clinical and forensic tracks of the graduate program in Clinical Psychology are eligible to be considered for merit-based scholarships. Students will be notified as soon as possible following acceptance if a scholarship has been awarded.

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Criminal Justice
Each year, the graduate program in Criminal Justice awards a graduate assistantship to a top candidate in the entering class. The award includes a $3,000 annual research assistantship and a scholarship. The award is renewable for students pursuing full-time study for up to two years.

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Historic Preservation
The graduate program in Historic Preservation offers guaranteed paid graduate assistantship and internship opportunities to all students admitted to the M.S. in Historic Preservation degree program. Each full-time student receives $3,000 per year as part of the Career Investment Program, which provides the student with 200 hours of paid work in an internship setting (i.e. with an architecture firm) or working with a faculty member on project-based research. The assistantship will be prorated at 50% for students who take part-time coursework (six credits per semester).

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