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.

HESAL Graduate Assistantship Initiative!

Newly admitted HESAL students will be given preference for each of these assistantships, followed by previously admitted HESAL students.

Please note: for the 2016-2017 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.

Please review the link or PDF which is inclusive of all of the HESAL Graduate Assistantship Initiative Application/Interview Day RSVP questions, note that all positions request a resume and some have additional application questions.

2016-2017 HESAL GA Initiative Applications, and a list of available positions, will be posted in mid-January.

Available GA positions:

Application Deadlines:

The deadline for the Assistantship applications is February 5, 2016.

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.

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.

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