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Department of Communication and Mass Media
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Graduate Student Financial Assistance

ASU offers several financial assistance options for graduate students. In addition to information about the popular Carr Graduate Scholarships, the Financial Aid Office has details about other scholarships, fellowships, grants and assistantships available.


   Out-of-State Tuition Waivers

Carr Graduate Scholarships and/or other competitive scholarships of $1,000 or more that are awarded to full-time out-of-state and international students will normally qualify such students to pay the tuition and fees required of Texas residents.

In addition to the Carr Graduate Scholarships, the university has available for graduate students both tuition scholarships and tuition and fee scholarships. They are made available on the basis of academic ability and financial need, and are awarded by the university Financial Aid Committee. Only graduate students who plan to carry at least nine semester hours are eligible. Scholarships are awarded for one academic year with the provision that the recipient meets the academic standards established for such scholarships. To have the scholarship renewed for a second academic year, students must reapply.


   Assistantship Information and Application

Angelo State University offers three types of appointments for graduate students:

Graduate Assistantships are staff appointments without a fixed term and are available in these academic areas:

  • Animal Science
  • Communication
  • Education
  • English
  • Biology
  • Kinesiology
  • Psychology
  • History

The Small Business Development Center, Center for International Studies, Student Involvement, Career Services, Athletics and other non-academic offices also periodically have graduate assistant openings. Graduate assistants have responsibility for a wide range of duties designed to support the undergraduate instructional program. Graduate assistantships pay $13.50 an hour, generally for a 17.5-hour work week.

Research Assistantships are staff appointments without a fixed term and are available for selected university research projects. The duties of each research assistant shall not exceed 19.5 hours of work per week. Duties will also depend upon the research project to which the graduate student is assigned and will be determined by the faculty member directing the project. Research assistantships pay $13.50 an hour.

Teaching Assistantships are contract appointments and are available in the Biology, Communication, English, Kinesiology and Psychology, Sociology and Social Work departments. Completion of 18 graduate semester credit hours in the field is required for teaching assistantships. Teaching assistants have responsibility for lecture classes, individual instruction or laboratory sections. Teaching assistantships are for an academic year (or semester) and carry a stipend of $11,095 per academic year.

Application Procedure

Applicants for teaching, graduate or research assistantships must submit the following to the department in which they wish to work:

  • Application for the assistantship
  • Three letters of recommendation

Applications will not be processed until regular admission into a master’s degree program at Angelo State University has been granted. All graduate students who are awarded assistantships must be enrolled in the College of Graduate Studies during the terms of their appointments.


   Carr Graduate Scholarship

Full- and part-time graduate students may be eligible for the Carr Graduate Scholarship. Awards are based on students’ undergraduate GPA. Scholarships are provided for long semesters as well as summer sessions. To learn more, visit the Financial Aid page of the College of Graudate Studies website.


   Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) Information

The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is a state program funded through tuition payments and is available to graduate students who demonstrate financial need and enroll at least half time. Funds are limited, so early application is encouraged. Further information may be obtained by calling the ASU Financial Aid Office at (800) 933-6299, or by e-mail at financial.aid@angelo.edu.


   Other Financial Assistance

Information about long-term loans is available through the Financial Aid Office. These consist of the Federal Perkins Loan and the Federal Stafford Loan. For more information, visit the financial aid website or call the office at (325) 942-2246.

Communication Graduate Program

Degree plan

Bring this graduate degree plan with you when you meet with an academic advisor.

  • GRADUATE STUDENT ADVISING

    For more information about the M.A. program in communication, contact:

    Dr. Derek M. Bolen

    Assistant Professor of Communication and
    Graduate Program Advisor

    Office: LIB B321
    Phone: 325-486-6086
    E-mail: comm.graduate@angelo.edu