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NEBHE Tuition Break

Graduate students from Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey now have the opportunity to enroll at Southern for all academic programs, at the Connecticut resident tuition rate plus 50 percent. Compare NEBHE vs. out-of-State tuition costs and see which programs apply.  Effective for the fall 2024 term, Pennsylvania residents are eligible for NEBHE rates.

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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants must be fully admitted to the Graduate School and pursuing work leading to a master ‘s degree, Ed.D, sixth-year certificate, post-master’s planned program, or post-baccalaureate teacher certification. Graduate assistants are appointed by the dean of the school in which the graduate assistant (GA) is to be employed upon recommendation of the department chair where the GA is to be employed. GA’s are expected to be enrolled in required courses within their planned program of graduate study. To receive or maintain a GA position, a minimum GPA of 3.00 for all post-baccalaureate course work completed at SCSU is required. GA’s may be required to meet other specific criteria within the department.

There are two levels of academic department graduate assistantships. Full-time graduate assistants appointed to provide 20 hours of service per week or 300 total hours of service per semester and half-time graduate assistants appointed to provide 10 hours of service per week or 150 hours of service per semester. Full-time graduate assistants will be compensated at the rate of $4,800 per semester. Half-time graduate assistants will be compensated at the rate of $2,400 per semester.

Full-time graduate assistants must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student (9 or more credit hours per semester). Half-time graduate assistants may be either a full-time graduate student, as defined above, or a part-time graduate student for this policy is defined as a graduate student enrolled for 1.0 or greater credit hours but fewer than 9 credit hours per semester. For both full-time and part-time graduate students, all credit hours for which the student is registered must be part of the approved program plan on file with the department and the Registrar ‘s office.

For more information on Graduate Assistantships, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.


Any graduate student with 9 completed graduate credits at Southern may apply for available scholarships. You will be automatically matched to any scholarship whose criteria you meet.

Competitive Fellowships

External Scholarships