Funding and Support

Below is a summary of the Financial Aid opportunities for RCTE students.

Financial aid from the Graduate College is available only to students who maintain a 3.0 for all UA Graduate credit courses.

The RCTE program can award the following financial aid when it is made available from the Graduate College:


Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) (or Research, though these are rarely available)

These are referred to as GTAships. They carry a full tuition waiver. The pay for these GTAships varies according to how many classes one is assigned to teach (2 max/semester), prior degrees earned, and how far one has progressed through the program. The awards are ordinarily given for a total of 5 years for students entering with an MA, and a total of 7 years for students entering with a BA (or an MA outside RCTE). The letter from the Department notifying the recipient of the GTAship creates the official terms for the award. Satisfactory progress and satisfactory teaching evaluations must be maintained.


Graduate Tuition Scholarships (GTS) for Resident Tuition

These help cover tuition for an academic year or semester. Relatively few are available, and they are usually awarded to students in RCTE who do not have GTAships.



Due to recent government regulations these may be awarded to students who show financial need as outlined by filling out a form on the website.


How Financial Aid is Awarded in RCTE

In RCTE financial aid is available to incoming students and students who are making satisfactory progress. Note that to make satisfactory progress in RCTE, a cumulative GPA of 3.5 must be maintained. (The Graduate College requires a 3.0 for recipients of financial aid.)

Fellowships and GTAships may be awarded either to incoming students (for recruitment) or to students already in the program who do not yet have GTAships. There are also Summer GTAships available (see below.)

It is crucial to RCTE to be able to use these allocations to help recruit new students.


Summer Teaching

Two kinds of teaching jobs are available in the summer: teaching composition classes in the Summer School, and teaching in Summer Programs. The latter requires more time and pays more. Some tutoring work may be available through Student Services.

The jobs that involve teaching UA classes are awarded only to those who have taught at UA before.

For the Summer School jobs, each graduate program in English is allocated a proportion of the positions available. Each program ranks its applicants according to that program's criteria. For the Summer Programs jobs, applicants are chosen by a panel in Summer Programs.

Below are the criteria that are employed by RCTE to rank students for Summer School positions.


Summer Teaching – RCTE’s Part in the Process  

The summer teaching jobs are assigned by the Writing Program. To assist in this process, the Directors of the Graduate Programs are asked to rank the students from their programs who have applied for these jobs. We then forward these rankings to the Writing Program, which makes the final assignments and notifies the applicants.

In RCTE, we have explicit criteria for ranking these applications (As with other financial awards, students must be meeting RCTE’s requirements for satisfactory progress.):


Criteria for Applicants for Summer GATs

First priority is given to students with work visas that restrict them to employment at UA; this was agreed to in 1991-92 by the Program Directors.

Beyond that, we prefer students:

  • who have finished their Comps
  • with a good record of service, attendance at and participation in Colloquia, fora, workshops, Spring Conference, etc.
  • with good TEAD reports and teaching evaluations
  • with a record of publication
  • who are making timely progress toward the degree
  • who haven't taught summer before, other things being equal

Preference is not given to students:

  • with incompletes caused by matters within their control
  • who have been here more than five years past the MA
  • who have spent more than a year on the dissertation
  • who have not yet taken the Comprehensive Exam but who have done summer teaching before  

To abide by these criteria, we begin by making a list of students who have passed their Comprehensive Examinations. Those who have not passed their Comprehensive Examinations form a second group.

Within these two groups, we put at the top of the list the students who haven’t yet taught in the summer. Within each of the subgroups, the Director then ranks students according to the remaining criteria (‘good teaching supervisor reports and teaching evaluations,” “a good record of service, attendance at and participation in Colloquia, fora, workshops, Spring Conference, etc.” and “a record of publication.”) Of these three, the first is the most important. Publication is not necessary but can be helpful.

To arrive at these rankings we consult the teaching supervisor reports for each applicant and the latest vitas we have available for the applicant.

NB: Here is a reason to update your vitas regularly. This should be done at least at the end of the Fall semester each year, as well as an Annual Re-View time, and a copy emailed to the RCTE Program Assistant, so that the program will have a recent version available for such tasks such as this one.

As always in RCTE, we try to make the selection process work from objective criteria as much as possible so that the rankings are not the product of anyone’s personal preference.


Other Financial Aid may be available through the Graduate College


Note: Complete information about these scholarships can be found at the Graduate College Financial Resources page.


Graduate College Dissertation Waiver

Waiver of nonresident tuition only.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please contact the Director or Program Assistant to recommend you for a Dissertation Waiver if you meet the eligibility.



Graduate Access Fellowships

For new UA students: UA Graduate College's Graduate Access Fellowship is intended to broaden the access of U.S. students to graduate education and to promote the diversity of our graduate student body.

Please see:



Graduate Student Travel Fund

Provides funding for students to attend professional meetings to present the results of their research and/or creative activities.


Information about additional opportunities are available from the Graduate College Financial Aid page.


Other Department Aid Opportunities

The Department offers other kinds of financial aid, including graduate assistant to the Comp Director, Writing Program coordinators, Writing Center coordinators, Writing Program internships, and graderships.


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