Student Funding

The School of Public Health offers various options for tuition assistance to its students from assistantships to scholarships.

Assistantships 

The purpose of student assistantships is to provide financial assistance to recruit and retain outstanding or deserving students.  Recruitment and selection of students for assistantships for externally funded research projects is at the discretion of the Principal Investigator or designated faculty member.  Recruitment and selection of students for assistantships funded using state funds shall be the responsibility of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Dean and Department Heads.  Recruitment for state funded assistantships will not proceed until written notification of the number of available assistantships is provided to department Heads by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Senior Administrator for Business Affairs. 

In order to be considered for a research or teaching assistantship within the School of Public Health, a student must be enrolled full time (i.e., 9 credit hours for fall/spring semester, 4 credit hours for summer session) during the academic term in which they are recipients.  Students receiving an assistantship must maintain a 3.0 GPA, must maintain full time enrollment, and must be making satisfactory progress towards completing their degree.

Students on full assistantships are expected to work 20 hours per week.  It is the responsibility of the faculty member(s) to whom the student is assigned to mentor the student, assign or develop tasks, and supervise their activities.

Rates will be submitted to HR by the Office of the Dean.

Procedures for state funded assistantships

      1. Each department will receive annually a specified number of state-funded assistantships to be awarded by the department.  The number of assistantships awarded through this process will, to the extent possible, be assigned equally to departments.

      2. Criteria for awarding state-funded assistantships will include 3 principal factors: (1) merit; (2) need; and (3) special skills, knowledge, or interests of the applicant.  All applicants will be asked to submit an application form for consideration for assistantships including information pertinent to these three criteria. 

      3. Departmental principal faculty, to the extent possible, should be included in the process of awarding the departmental assistantships.

      4. Department heads will be responsible for notifying students of their assistantship award, including a description of the expectations of the assistantship and specifying the individual(s) they will be reporting to. 

      5. At the conclusion of each semester a list of all students with assistantships will be forwarded to all department Heads by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Department Heads will be asked to certify that assistantship students from their respective departments are making satisfactory progress towards completion of their degree.

Scholarships

The purpose of scholarships is to provide financial assistance to outstanding or deserving students.  Selection of students for scholarships shall be the responsibility of the SPH Student Affairs Scholarship Sub-Committee in consultation with department heads, Principal Investigators of research projects, or donors.

A.  Competitive Scholarships

In order to be considered for a competitive scholarship within the School of Public Health, a student must be fully admitted degree-seeking student making satisfactory progress toward completion of their program (3.0 GPA or higher, currently enrolled full time status – 9 credit hours for fall/spring semester, 6 credit hours 10-week summer session with no Texas A&M HSC or SPH blocks).  Entering new students may be considered as noted below in procedures.  These applicants will possess minimally a 3.0 GPA as determined by the admission evaluation.

Procedures for scholarships

  1. Student Affairs will send an email announcement (with the application form as attachment) to students informing them of the scholarship application process.  Departmental committees will submit names and application packet of their choices for consideration to the Student Affairs Committee Chairperson. Departmental committees will also submit a summary sheet listing all applicants by name, program, state residence, and ranking placement.  Departments may consider applicants who have been offered admission to the school by using the application for admission and professional/graduate examination scores to evaluate applicants for a scholarship.

        • The deadline for submitting scholarship application forms and documents will be announced each academic year.

        • The deadline for submitting award letters and tuition exception forms will be announced each academic year.

  2. The Scholarship Sub-Committee is the officially recognized scholarship committee of the School of Public Health.  This committee will review elected scholarship recipients’ documents and summary sheets submitted by departments to verify compliance with SPH By-Laws and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules.

        • Students will be selected based on their qualifications and donor criteria.  An outside donor may be consulted for input by the departmental scholarship committee or Student Affairs Scholarship Sub-Committee but the outside donor may not make the final selection.

        • A review of the criteria for each scholarship to ensure that selection and awarding of a scholarship meets the criteria set forth by the donor.

        • The Sub-Committee will assure that all competitive scholarships awarded meet the criteria set forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

  3. The Office of Student Affairs (on behalf of the Scholarship Sub-Committee) will be responsible for preparing award letters (to include the name of the recipient, the name of the scholarship, amount and terms of each scholarship) and for notifying students, department heads, and appropriate Texas A&M HSC and SPH personnel.

        • competitive scholarship award may exempt the student from paying non-resident tuition. 

        • The Office of Student Affairs will be responsible for submitting “Non-resident Tuition Exemption Waiver” forms when appropriate.

      • The waiver of non-resident tuition shall be for the same time period as that of the competitive scholarship.

B.  Non-Competitive or Private Donor Scholarships


Each individually named non-competitive scholarship will list the purpose of the award along with eligibility criteria, amount and period of award, and selection process to be used in determining and awarding the funds (each scholarship may have different/specific information). 

  1. Noncompetitive scholarship awardees are not eligible for waiver of out-of-state tuition. 

  2. Documentation of noncompetitive scholarships containing instructions and understanding of award will be provided to the SPH Scholarship Sub-Committee.

  3. The Office of Student Affairs (on behalf of the Scholarship Sub-Committee) will be responsible for preparing award letters (to include the name of the recipient, the name of the scholarship, amount and terms of each scholarship) and for notifying students, department heads, and appropriate Texas A&M HSC and SPH personnel.

Required Forms   SPH Scholarship Application