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Department of Communication Studies

Financial Assistance

Full-time graduate students in the Communication Studies are eligible for up to four semesters of financial support in the form of a graduate teaching assistantship. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) serve as instructors in the university-wide public speaking program under the supervision of the Director of Public Speaking. Some GTAs have additional responsibilities working with the debate or speech teams, working as a research assistant to a graduate faculty member, or working with the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy.

GTAs receive a full tuition waiver (although some fees are not covered) and a stipend for the academic year. The amount of the stipend varies from $8,500 to $11,500, depending upon the GTA's assigned responsibilities and seniority in the program.

Students wishing to be considered for a graduate teaching assistantship should indicate their interest on the online Graduate School application. There, students will be asked to detail any experience or training that demonstrates potential for teaching. 

The graduate faculty makes GTA decisions in late February for the fall semester. Therefore, prospective students interested in receiving financial assistance as a GTA should adhere carefully to the GTA application deadline of February 15th. Applications are evaluated on a number of criteria, including the applicant's undergraduate academic record, letters of recommendation, work experience, and the needs of the public speaking program.

Information for financial aid assistance for students in need is also available through the Office of Financial Aid. The application process for financial aid is an independent process through Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) and in conjunction with Kansas State University. Please look further into the process of financial aid at K-State.