Graduate assistantships, requiring either teaching or research responsibilities, are available to qualified graduate students.
All appointments carry a full tuition scholarship (with the exception of a modest semester general fee) in addition to the stipend. All applicants are automatically considered for all the types of financial assistance for which they are eligible. It is not necessary to apply separately for financial assistance. Stipend amounts change yearly.
Financial assistance is usually offered in early April for students arriving for fall semester. Financial assistance is in the form of a stipend (salary) plus tuition scholarship. A tuition scholarship covers "Instructional Fees" and "Non-Resident Surcharge." You will be notified via e-mail if you are selected for financial assistance. A new I-20 will be issued to you afterward to reflect the assistance.
Ohio University supports and adheres to the "Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants" promulgated by the Council of Graduate Schools regarding the acceptance of finanical aid offers.
The resolution states:
"Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties."
"Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student to not accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer."