Graduate Scholarships & Tuition Waivers and Assistantships

Many of SUU's Master's programs offer scholarships and tuition waivers to make the school's graduate degrees even more affordable. Each program individually decides on waiver and scholarship availability, and awards may vary depending on need and semester. Please review the individual program pages below for further information.

Students seeking assistance covering program tuition may also benefit from applying for graduate assistantships. Unlike scholarships and tuition waivers, graduate assistantships typically include a work requirement, affording students work experience in their chosen field of studies. Graduate assistantships often include teaching or other forms of internship. Availability of graduate assistantships varies by semester and by the program.

International students who attend on the Cedar City campus full time, and pay non-resident tuition, may apply for a tuition waiver. Please contact the International Student Services Office for further details. 
Partial tuition waivers are available on a limited basis. Recipients will be selected by the committee. Students must be enrolled full time (9 or more credits) and must complete the program's application.

MFA in Arts Administration students fund their degrees through a combination of tuition waivers and graduate assistantships. MFA graduate assistantships take the form of internships with local arts organizations, including art galleries, museums, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. All students admitted to the MFA program will be considered for assistantships based on their ultimate career goals. A list of current assistantships is available. Online Masters of Arts Administration students are not eligible for assistantships.

All students who are admitted to the MFA in Arts Administration will receive a quarter to half tuition waiver. In addition, out-of-state students whose undergraduate GPAs were above 3.2 will be considered for a scholarship which reduces their tuition to in-state levels. Waivers and scholarships are not available to students in the online Masters of Arts in Arts Administration track.

Partial tuition waivers are available on a limited basis. Recipients will be selected by the committee. Students must be enrolled full time (9 or more credits) and must complete the program's application.

Masters of Professional Communication students may apply for either teaching or non-teaching graduate assistantships. Teaching assistantships involve teaching undergraduate courses (typically COMM 1010) or completing research for the graduate program. Graduate teaching assistants typically work up to 10 hours a week and can receive up to $2000 in tuition compensation. Non-teaching graduate assistantships will perform research or complete special projects for the Communication Department, will typically work between 8-10 hours a week, and will receive approximately $1000 in tuition compensation. Communication Graduate AssistantshipApplications must be submitted by March 15th.

Partial tuition scholarships may be available on a semester-by-semester basis, determined by department funding. Additionally, funding may be available for reimbursement of your program application fees. Further details are available from the Communication Department.

Masters of Public Administration students may apply for graduate assistantships each year. Graduate assistantships typically involve internships with the university, including positions in student involvement and leadership, admissions counseling, and international affairs. MPA graduate assistants will typically work 20 hours a week and usually receive between $4000 and $6000 compensation. MPA students who receive graduate assistantships are asked not to seek employment elsewhere during the duration of their assistantship. MPA Graduate AssistantshipApplications are due by May 31st.

Partial tuition waivers typically varying in amount between $400 and $2500 may be available depending on department funding. Tuition waivers are generally reserved for students whose applications were received before July 15th of their admission year and the application deadline for tuition waivers each year is May 31st. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits, must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher, and must complete a request for assistance letter.

Additional information about graduate financial aid, loans, and federal aid is available from the Financial Aid Office