HESAL Assistantships, Scholarships, and Fellowships


Graduate assistantships provide students the opportunity to combine theory and practice while positively contributing to UNC's educational mission. We expect graduate assistants to focus on academic coursework while growing as student affairs professionals and administrators. Each assistantship is unique and has specific requirements and varying benefits. Most assistantships are offered for a 9-10 month period during the academic year (August/September-May), although some require summer employment, which will be compensated through a separate contract and remuneration. Please see individual position descriptions for more detailed information regarding monthly stipends.

New HESAL Graduate Assistantship Initiative!

Newly admitted Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership (HESAL) program students will be given preference for each of these assistantships, followed by previously admitted HESAL students.

Please note, for the 2013-2014 academic year, although all assistantships provide full or partial tuition remission, policies vary by department. Please refer to individual job descriptions or contact the office offering the assistantship for specific details.

The priority deadline for Fall 2014 HESAL program applicants is January 31, 2013.
The deadline for the Assistantship Application is February 7, 2014.

In addition to a completed assistantship application, all applicants must submit a current resume to Matthew.Birnbaum@unco.edu.

In order for your graduate assistantship application to be considered, your completed application for admission to the HESAL M.A. or Ph.D. program must be received by the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School and HESAL department. If you have not completed your application, please click here to learn more about the process.

HESAL Graduate Assistantship Initiative Application

Job Descriptions (PDF downloads)

Other Graduate Assistantships

Additional graduate assistantships may be available for the 2013-2014 academic year at the offices below. It is the student's responsibility to secure these assistantships. Please contact the offices directly if you have questions and to apply. Please see the graduate school website for more information about assistantships.

For the 2012-2013 school year, HESAL students hold assistantships in the following offices:

  • Career Services
  • Center for Human Enrichment
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Dean of Students' Office
  • Enrollment Management and Student Access
  • Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership program
  • McNair Scholars Program
  • Provost's Office
  • Writing Center

The assistantship process for the following school year begins in late March and continues on a rolling basis. For more information about openings, please check back on this site.

Scholarships and Fellowships

This application must be completed by HESAL students to be considered for scholarships and fellowships for the following academic year. The deadline for submitting this application to the HESAL office for the 2013-14 academic year is March 13, 2013.


Additional information about financial assistance is available at the Graduate School website.