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 2015-2016 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.

2015-2016 HESAL GA Initiative Application Now Available.

Please download the GA assistant application and submit to Matthew.Birnbaum@unco.edu

Take a look at descriptions for the following GA postions:

Application Deadlines:

Due to a technical glitch we have extended the priority deadline for Fall 2015 HESAL program applicants to February 6, 2015.

The deadline for the Assistantship Application is February 9, 2015.

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.

Please check back for a list of assistantships available for the 2015-2016 academic year


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.

In previous years, HESAL students have held assistantships in the following offices:

  • Residential Education, Diversity Mentors Program
  • Marcus Garvey Cultural Center
  • Stryker Institute for Leadership Development
  • Women's Resource Center
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Resource Office
  • Student Senate
  • University Program Coucil
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Career Services
  • Center for Human Enrichment (CHE)
  • Dean of Students' Office
  • Enrollment Management and Student Access
  • Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership program (both full and part time)
  • Provost's Office
  • Writing Center

Scholarships and Fellowships

All admitted HESAL students should fill out a UNC Universal Scholarship Application to be considered for scholarships and fellowships. Once the application is submitted students will be considered  on an annual basis if they meet the minimum qualifications. HESAL specific scholarship include:

  • Dr. Jack Shaw Fund in College Student Personnel Administration: Open to all HESAL students.
  • Bernie Kinnick Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Award: for HESAL Ph.D. students gathering and or analyzing data for their dissertation; shall have approval or doctoral committee to proceed with the topic for the dissertation.   
  • Cosmo F. & Antoinette V. Guido Research Scholarship in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership: for HESAL Ph. D. students conducting research on issues related to diversity and social justice prior to the comprehensive exam.  
  • Ted Oppelt Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership Award: for HESAL Ph.D. students with 3.5+ GPA; enrolled in six (6) or more credit hours per semester.  Students must submit a UNC Universal Scholarship Application and FAFSA to be eligible.

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