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Oakland University participates in a variety of financial assistance programs to help students pay for their educational expenses. Assistance can be awarded by Oakland University, federal government, and by private sources. 
To receive full consideration for all programs, it is recommended that all students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year, as soon as possible after January 1 for the next school year. Awards depend on the availability of funds.

Financial Aid Award notifications begin in March. OU Financial Services sends an  award notification to the OU email address with instructions for viewing awards on MySAIL.  In case of a change to an award, OU  Financial Services sends a  revised award notification to the OU email address with instructions for viewing awards on MySAIL.  Students in an eligible graduate or post-master's certificate program may qualify for financial aid.
OU Grants
& Scholarships
OU offers and renews awards at its sole and absolute discretion; offers and renewals are contingent upon the availability of funds and continuation of the programs.


The Oakland University Assistantship programs provide students an opportunity to gain professional experiences, which enhance graduate instruction and research, while contributing financial assistance to the successful completion of a graduate degree. Oakland University budgets financial resources for a number of graduate assistantships that are made available to full-time, degree-seeking graduate students. 

Eligibility and Requirements for a Graduate Assistantship Appointment

  • Students must have “regular” admission status to a specific graduate degree program.
  • Students must be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA).
  • ALL students with graduate assistantships are expected to maintain a full-time enrollment status at Oakland University during the semester(s) for which they are appointed.
  • Graduate Assistants must maintain an overall grade-point average of 3.00 AND show satisfactory progress toward completing degree requirements.
  • Students may not hold other employment positions during the term of appointment, either at Oakland or elsewhere, without prior written permission from their faculty adviser and Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.
Interest Form
Graduate Assistantship Interest form 

Notify academic departments of your interest in receiving an assistantship. Although graduate assistantships may be awarded without submission of this form, the information on this form provides academic departments pertinent details often associated with review of assistantships awards.

Eligible graduate students should send their completed copy of the form to:

Evonne Mitchell
Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning
520 O'Dowd Hall
Rochester, MI 48309.

Submit questions or concerns to Evonne Mitchell at

Graduate Assistant Posted Positions

The majority of Graduate Assistantships at OU are offered through academic departments and might NOT appear on this page. Graduate students interested in assistantship opportunities should also talk with their advisor and other faculty members within their department.

Graduate Assistant - The Honors College (PDF)
Establish Graduate Assistant program for The Honors College, prepare manual. Assist upper-level undergraduate Honors College students to prepare for graduate school...

Graduate Assistant - Office of Undergraduate Admissions (PDF)
The GA, under the direction of the Visit Coordinator or Communications Coordinator, is involved in a variety of activities including recruitment program planning and implementation support, coordination of the campus visit program, and organization of the student admissions ambassador program. 


Detailed information regarding Graduate Assistantships can be found in the Graduate Catalog.


Oakland University supports the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants.


King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship

The King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program (KCP) was established in 1986 by the Michigan State Legislature. The purpose of the program is to increase the pool of traditionally underrepresented candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education. Preference will not be given to applicants on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sex, or national origin. Applications from women, men, people with disabilities, and individuals from cultural, linguistic, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds who would otherwise not adequately be represented in the graduate student and faculty populations are encouraged to apply.

The KCP Fellowships are funded from an annual State of Michigan appropriation to Oakland University. Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning holds a competition for KCP awards and provides recipients with financial assistance to pursue master's and/or doctoral degrees. A master's recipient can receive a maximum stipend of $20,000, and a doctoral fellow can receive a maximum stipend of $35,000.

The tuition for KCP fellows is paid by Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning as long as the recipient

  1. remains in good academic standing,
  2. enrolls for a minimum of 16 credit hours each calendar year, and
  3. enrolls in courses that satisfy degree requirements.

Awarded Fellows must file a request for tuition reduction each term they are enrolled.

The King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship Program is administered by Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning with the support of the Workforce Development Agency


To be eligible for this Fellowship, a candidate must:

  • be admitted into an Oakland University graduate degree program that facilitates a career in postsecondary education;
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • be a Michigan resident as defined by Oakland University;
  • be in good academic standing as defined by Oakland University;
  • not be a current recipient of a KCP Fellowship Award at another institution;
  • not have received another KCP Fellowship Award for the same degree level (master's or doctorate); possession of a doctoral degree disqualifies a candidate from holding a KCP Fellowship;
  • not currently be in default status on any guaranteed student loan and/or a KCP loan

Eligible students who are enrolled currently or admitted into a graduate degree program at Oakland University may complete the application and submit it, along with supporting documents by the December 12 deadline date. The complete Fellowship application is composed of the following six parts:

  • KCP application form
  • Two recommendation forms (PDF) which should be current and speak to the Fellowship;.
  • A letter from the academic program coordinator or department chair indicating the student will satisfactorily complete the intended degree in a reasonable time. For students admitted to master's programs with the expectation of completing the doctorate at Oakland University or at another Michigan university, this letter must also address the likelihood of the student being admitted to such a doctoral program;
  • A personal statement which indicates the applicant's academic and career goals are in postsecondary education;
  • A resume or curriculum vitae - a brief statement of the applicant's educational and scholarly achievements.

Application must be complete in order to be reviewed.
KCP Fellowship Award
Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning
Oakland University
520 O'Dowd Hall
Rochester, MI 48309


A selection committee reviews applications annually and recommends the candidates to receive the award to the executive director of Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning. Selections are made on a competitive basis using criteria that include academic performance, research accomplishments and potential, recommendation letters, and the personal statement. Fellowship decisions are not subject to appeal.

Award notifications will be sent by mail no later than end of April.


Future Faculty Fellows agree to complete a master's degree within four years and a doctoral degree within eight years of receiving the Fellowship, and are obligated, by signed agreement, to remain in postsecondary faculty teaching or administration in a public or private, 2- or 4-year, in-state or out-of-state postsecondary institution for a minimum of three years equivalent full-time.

Fellows who do not fulfill the teaching and/or other obligations of their fellowship agreement may be placed in Default, which results in their fellowship converting to a loan (referred to as a KCP Loan) that the Fellow repays to the State of Michigan.

Contact Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning  at (248) 370-4052 if you have additional questions.

Federal Student aid comes from the U.S. Department of Education as a result of filing a FAFSA. There are three categories of federal aid:


Federal Traineeship Grants:
The  School of Nursing applies each year for Federal Traineeship Grants. Funds for the traineeship come from the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The purpose is to support traineeships for licensed registered nurses enrolled as full-time graduate students, first-year Nurse Anesthesia students, part-time students in the last 12 months of their program, or full-time students beyond the twelfth month of study in a master’s nurse anesthesia program.

The Federal TEACH Grant:
Offered to students in a master’s degree program which leads toward teaching. The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides $4,000 in annual grant. The maximum cumulative award is $8,000 (two years). Less than full time students have the same cumulative maximum, but have prorated annual awards. Candidates must agree to serve as full-time teachers at certain schools serving low-income students, and teach subjects within certain high-need fields (foreign language, mathematics, reading specialist, science, special education) for at least four academic years within eight years of completing the course of study for which the grant was received.  If a grant recipient does not fulfill the teaching obligation, the TEACH grant funds convert to a Direct unsubsidized loan that must be repaid with interest. Requires completion of the FAFSA


Available to graduate and undergraduate students, work-study awards are wages that can be earned through a campus job and does not have to be repaid. Funds are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis according to a student's financial need. Visit to search and apply for student employment positions.


A graduate student can receive a Federal Unsubsidized loan without a co-signer. To view annual and aggregate loan limits, visit the loans page on the Federal Student Aid website. .

Graduate students are able to apply for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan. The Graduate PLUS loan is approved or denied based on the graduate student's credit. An online application is available at For information regarding interest rates and repayment terms, visit the  PLUS loans page  on the Federal Student Aid website..


Private Scholarships
Private scholarships are abundantly available for students from organizations, foundations, companies, and individuals. Students can increase the probability they will be selected for private scholarships by increasing the number of applications submitted. Search for private scholarships on large online databases called clearinghouses, such as:

Private Loans

Choose loan programs you can live with long term.  Government loan programs usually offer lower interest rates and more flexible repayment plans than most private/alternative loans.  Maximize your borrowing from all federal loans before considering supplemental funds from a private loan. The limit on a private loan is equal to the cost of education minus other awarded financial aid.

A number of banks and lending institutions offer private loan funding to assist students with the cost of education. A co-signer may be required, depending on the student's credit history and credit worthiness. Borrow wisely and compare lenders to make a smart, long-term choice. Be wary of private loan offers which discourage you from working with your financial aid office, offer introductory rates, do not tie the loan interest rate to a fixed percentage of LIBOR or PRIME rate, or claim that you can apply and receive money immediately. OU will certify a private loan from any private lender. Many private loan options are available and students can choose to apply for a private loan with any banking institution of their choice.  If students need to utilize loans, it is best to exhaust all federal loan options before seeking a private loan.  Read more about federal and private loan options.  Although not a comprehensive list, provides a brief overview of private loan options.

Consider these factors when shopping for a lender:


  • Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional Development, Certification
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Enrollment Requirements – ie., less than half-time
  • International Students

Interest rate

  • With or without a co-borrower (co-signer)
  • Interest adjusted when and how


  • Origination fees and other charges
  • Prepayment
  • Late fees

Borrower benefits

  • Direct Debit
  • Co-borrower release
  • Graduation reward

Repayment terms

  • When does repayment begin?
  • Can principal and interest be deferred?
  • When is interest capitalized?
  • Maximum repayment period

Loan limits

  • Minimum loan amount
  • Annual and aggregate loan limits
  • Allow loans for past balances (if applicable)


  • Responsive customer service
  • Student focused

Consolidation loans combine several loans, with various repayment schedules, into one loan, requiring you to make only one monthly payment. The interest rate on a consolidation loan also may be lower than what you're currently paying on one or more of your loans. Student borrowers with at least one Federal Direct Loan may wish to consider a Direct Consolidation Loan.