To be a full-time student, you must enroll in three courses (nine credit hours) per semester. In state tuition for the full 2017-2018 academic year would be $7,491.76. Out-of-state tuition for the full year would be $14,961.76.
Unfortunately, no. If you are accepted while living out-of-state, and do not receive an assistantship from the English department, you are required to pay out-of-state tuition throughout your tenure in the program. However—as a legal matter, entirely separate from tuition issues--you are required to declare legal residence in Texas if you are here for more than 30 consecutive days. You have 90 days to do so.
No. While you certainly can pay for tuition all at once, Student Business Services offers a payment plan that allows you to pay in three increments. Note that your first tuition payment is due before the start of the semester. You can find more information about the payment plan on the Graduate College website.
Texas State does offer an emergency loan fund. There is a fund to assist only for the down payment for enrollment in the Student Business Services payment plan. There is a separate fund to assist in covering other school-related expenses (such as textbooks or supplies). You can find more information on the Graduate College website.
Absolutely, FAFSA can be used for graduate school. The Texas cutoff date is March 15th each year, but you can apply as early as December for the following academic year. If you apply after March 15th, you will still be eligible for FAFSA but not for any state grants.
Please see our Funding page for a complete listing of scholarship options. Note that there are various kinds of scholarships, from various Texas State entities. MFA Program scholarships do not require a separate application. However, Graduate College and English Department scholarships do require a separate application.
It depends which scholarship you received. The Rose Fellowship and the Celebrity Classic Scholarship do roll over every year. Students must reapply for the Graduate College Scholarships and departmental scholarships every spring. All other scholarships are for one year only.
Scholarships are always applied directly to tuition. A surplus is uncommon but does happen occasionally. If there happens to be a surplus, you will receive a refund check. If you have direct deposit from Texas State, then it will be deposited directly into your account.
An Instructional Assistant works with a professor in the English department to help with an undergraduate survey course. IA duties may include grading student assignments, preparing the classroom or needed equipment, and otherwise helping the lead professor with whatever she or he needs. Occasionally, IAs will be allowed to give guest lectures in class.
A Teaching Assistant is an instructor of record. They teach their own sections of composition courses without another instructor. Generally, one must be an IA before they can become a TA. Both positions are under nine-month contracts and pay a monthly stipend, issued on the first of the month.
As a first-semester IA, you must enroll in a practicum course that will count for university credit. As a first-semester TA, you must enroll in another practicum course. This course does not count towards university credit.
The IA/TA application is always due on January 15th.
If you are not awarded an IA assistantship for your first year, you may reapply for your second or third year. All IAs and TAs are assigned for fall semester before the semester begins.
There are other jobs available on campus. You can reach out to the Writing Center or SLAC for possible work opportunities. Many of our students have chosen to work as writing tutors with these offices. You can also check with the Career Services Center, or their job boards at Jobs4Cats, for information on other jobs.
An assistantship is a type of funding that requires you to work. The only assistantships offered in the English department are IA, TA, GA (Graduate Program Assistant), or GRA (Graduate Research Assistant) positions. All assistantship recipients are eligible for in-state tuition. A campus job would be any other employment position obtained on campus, usually at much lower pay per hour, and it does not guarantee in-state tuition to out-of-state students.
You are under contract and are expected in good faith to complete your contract. However, if there are extenuating circumstances (e.g., health problems) under which you find you are unable to continue working, please contact Nancy Wilson (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
Typically, yes. Most IAs will move on to become TAs unless their contract is not renewed. If you choose not to continue to be a TA for whatever reason, you may turn down the opportunity when it comes time to renew your contract. Other jobs on campus offer their own contracts. Typically, people are allowed to keep their campus jobs if they choose to.
All IA/TAs will receive a stipend on the 1st of the month. The salary that is offered to IAs is the same every month. The same is true for TAs. GRAs and GAs are also paid monthly.
All positions receive a set salary from October through June. There is an option to have a 12-month salary spread. If you choose to do this, there is a form you will need to complete. Generally, there will be a workshop at the beginning of the school year to go over stipend plans and other issues concerning payment.
Yes and no. If you do not have an assistantship (such as an IA/TA) then you will take three classes a semester (full time) for your first two years. During your third year, you will only take two classes per semester (part time.) This will cover all your required classes. If you have an assistantship, you may take a class (such as a practicum) that you will not be charged for but that will not count towards your graduation. During your third year, you will take three classes during one semester and two classes plus a waiver in your other semester. This is will show you as full time. However, you will not pay for the waiver as a class. You will only pay for the two classes you are enrolled in.