US Department of Education Training Grant
UNC Associate Professor Jill Bezyak received a five-year, $938,705 grant from the US Department of Education to increase the number of qualified rehabilitation counselors who serve individuals with disabilities. The grant provides competitive scholarships to students in the Master's Program in Rehabilitation Counseling. Scholarship funds cover tuition, fees, and a stipend for master's level training in rehabilitation counseling for a total of 35 students (seven each year). Accepted students are eligible to apply for these scholarships and should contact Dr. Jill Bezyak for more information.
Each academic year an allocation is made to the program for student assistantships. These funds are distributed to faculty based on their requests and the allocations made to the unit. After the graduate student has been accepted into the program, he/she should contact his/her advisor if interested in applying for an assistantship.
Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)
The MA in Rehabilitation Counseling and PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences are approved by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). WICHE’s 15-state region includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Under this approval, students from the other 14 states may qualify to attend UNC at the Colorado resident graduate tuition rate rather than the non-resident rate.
To be considered for the WRGP tuition reduction, documentation of eligibility must be submitted to the UNC Graduate School upon admission. A tuition adjustment will then be made for current and future qualifying semesters. Proof of the following information is needed to support your "residency" in a WRGP state before you will be approved.
- Residency in the WRGP eligible state for at least 9 consecutive months prior to the beginning of the first academic term of WRGP acceptance
- Proof of permanent address in the WRGP state
- Payment of state income tax on wages earned in the WRGP state
- Proof of the following in the WRGP state:
- Vehicle registration
- Driver's license
- Voter registration