Financial aid is monetary assistance to help students meet educational expenses. Aid may be in the form of gift assistance, loans, employment opportunities, or a combination of these. Financial aid available from the Graduate School consists of assistantships (teaching and research), scholarships, and fellowships.
Applicants to the doctoral program are asked on Marquette's application form to indicate whether or not they are seeking financial aid. Whether or not you ask to be considered for aid does not affect your application, either positively or negatively.
Teaching and research assistantships (TAs and RAs) are awarded to full-time students in the doctoral program. Assistantships are usually distributed among the first, second and third year clinical students. TAs help the professors by teaching laboratory courses, leading discussion sections, preparing, proctoring and grading exams, and reading and grading papers. RAs help professors conduct research, including literature searches, running experiments, data entry, setting up labs, and statistical analyses.
A full assistantship requires 20 hours of work in return for a monthly stipend (nine months) and tuition remission of 24 credit hours. Many students receive 1/2 assistantships, which requires 10 hours of work in return for a half stipend and 12 credit hours.
Assistantships are awarded per semester or an annual basis. Performance is reviewed each semester. Renewal of an assistantship is based on satisfactory performance and on academic performance.
Tuition remission scholarships (e.g., dissertation scholarships) and fellowships are occasionally available. Unlike assistantships, there are no service obligations to the University for scholarship and fellowship recipients. See the Graduate School home page for more information.
Students should be aware that other aid sources, such as loans and work-study opportunities, are also available. Applicants are encouraged to call the financial aid office at the Graduate School, (414) 288-7390, to schedule an appointment for advice regarding other financial aid.