International students MUST take the TSE test BEFORE applying for a teaching assistant position. It will probably be necessary to take the TSE in the applicants home country in order to meet the February 1st deadline for the financial aid application.
An EAS Financial Aid Application Form MUST be completed and submitted to the Administrative Office by January 15 each year for consideration by the Financial Aid Committee for awards in the following year. The form must be submitted regardless of the funding source or the student’s home department.It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the forms and submit them along with the necessary letters of recommendation by the deadline.
Financial aid includes teaching assistant positions, Graduate Tuition Scholarships, Graduate Registration Scholarships and Unrestricted Fellowships. Waivers and fellowships are subject to Graduate College approval.
A. Types of Financial Aid Available
- Teaching Assistant Positions (GAT) A limited number of teaching assistant positions are funded each year. Under ordinary circumstances GATs in EAS will be funded at .25, .33 or .50 FTE. The GAT salary is determined by the Dean’s Office. The GAT award includes a GTS. In order to obtain a GAT position, international students must pass the TSE or T-BEST test. The TSE should be taken in the country of origin as soon as possible so that the score can be included on the Financial Aid Application form.
- Graduate Tuition Scholarships (GTS) A specific number of GTS waivers are provided to the department each year for awarding in the next academic year (7 GTS waivers for the China program and 7 for the Japan program were available in 1999/2000) The GTS waives non-resident tuition only; students are still responsible for paying registration fees. Eligibility requires the student to be admitted to regular graduate status in a graduate degree program, have a minimum GPA of 3.2, be in good academic standing, and be enrolled in 3 or more graduate units per semester.
- Graduate Registration Scholarships (GRS) A limited number of GRS waivers are provided to the department each year for awarding in the next academic year (1 GRS waiver for the China program and 1 for the Japan program were available in 1999/2000) The GRS waives registration fees only. Eligibility requires the student to be admitted to regular graduate status in a graduate degree program, have a minimum GPA of 3.5, be in good academic standing, and be enrolled in 3 or more graduate units per semester.
- Graduate Fellowships (Unrestricted Fellowships) One Graduate Fellowship has generally been available to EAS in past years. A fellowship carries a waiver of non-resident tuition (GTS). The award is normally divided between the China and Japan program and the GTS is divided as well. Eligibility ?requires the student to be admitted to regular graduate status in a graduate degree program, have a minimum GPA of 3.2, be in good academic standing, and be enrolled in 9 or more graduate units each semester during the fellowship period.
- The Graduate College Thesis/Dissertation Waiver provides a waiver of up to 6 units of non-resident tuition for students who are in good academic standing, are enrolled in a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 900-level units (thesis or dissertation), and will not be using university resources such as libraries, computer laboratories, and faculty time to any extent during the period covered by the waiver. The application form is available from the EAS Graduate Coordinator.
- The Graduate and Professional Student Travel Fund provides funds to graduate and professional students in academic programs under the aegis of the Graduate College, to present invited papers, posters, or presentations at professional meetings, conferences, and symposia directly related to their educational development. Contact the Graduate College to obtain information about this fund.
B. Financial Aid Policies
- Acceptance of Financial Aid: Students who have been offered financial aid are expected to accept or decline as specified in the letter of offer. If the offer is not accepted by the deadline stated in the offer letter, the award will be withdrawn and awarded to another student on the financial aid list.
- Length of Department Support: Ordinarily doctoral students will not be supported for more than three years. Students who do receive support in the doctoral program for four years are expected to have passed the preliminary examinations by the end of the fourth year. Master’s students ordinarily are not supported for more than two years.
- Teaching Assistant Awards: Under ordinary circumstances GATs in EAS will be funded at .25, .33 or .50 FTE. The chart below indicates the Graduate College regulations regarding the maximum and minimums for these appointments:
FTE Hrs/Week Max. Units Min. Units .25 10 16 6 .33 13.3 14 6 .50 20 12 6
Generally, Chinese Humanities/Chinese Civilization GAT appointments at .33 teach 2 or 3 discussion sections and .50 appointments teach 3 or 4 discussion sections. This may vary however depending upon the supervising instructor. Language GAT appointments vary by program. For the Japan program the norm is 3 hours for a .25 appointment, 4 hours for a .33 appointment and 5 hours for a .50 appointment. EAS GATs funded at .5 are not permitted to have other jobs in addition to their GAT responsibilities. All language GATs are required to enroll in EAS 579, Issues/Methods in Post-Secondary Foreign Language Teaching/Learning, no later than their first semester as a GAT.
- Non-native speakers must demonstrate English proficiency by taking and passing the TSE or T-BEST test. This regulation is firm. A GAT position will not be awarded unless the TSE or T-BEST test score has been submitted to EAS along with the financial aid application.
- Evaluations: GATs will be evaluated each semester by the faculty supervisor as required by the Graduate College. GATs are rated on their performance in teaching. Students may examine these evaluations.