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Financial Information and Opportunities

As a graduate student, it is important to be aware of and consider other forms of financial aid, scholarship support, and scholarship awards whenever possible. In our department, we offer the Douglas R. Miller Award, which is given to a second year student based upon nomination and conferral by the faculty. Through the graduate school, there are many forms of such support and awards available on a competitive non-guaranteed basis. Scholarship opportunities include Graduate Grants-in-Aid, the Marjorie Post Farrington Scholarship, Awards include the Graduate Students’ Achievement Fund, Thesis Research Support, Graduate Student Association Travel Assistance Fund, the Graduate School Travel Fund, Grants for Graduate Award Holders to Improve Teaching, and the Dean’s Service Awards. Some of these awards are based on merit whereas others are based on financial need. Information about these awards or other forms of financial aid can be found in the Graduate School Handbook and on the Graduate School website at http://miamioh.edu/graduate-studies/

Despite the numerous financial opportunities for students listed throughout the handbook, it is important to note that school psychology graduate students require access to many testing kits and materials that are costly to the department. These materials, which are accessible through the Testing Library, are frequently updated and often require new purchases. As a result, each school psychology graduate student will be assessed a "School Psychology Testing Library Fee" to help minimally offset this cost, as is consistent with many other programs in the nation. This $50 yearly fee will begin in the 2016-2017 academic year for incoming first-year students only and will begin to include second-year students in 2017-2018 academic year and thereafter. It is possible this fee could increase in subsequent years based on costs incurred. These funds will be primarily used to fund consumable testing materials (i.e. test protocols, scoring sheets) students will use, and in some cases updating existing test kits. All materials funded through this fee will allow students to be properly trained as school psychologists and are directly tied to coursework and future work as a school psychologist. This fee will be charged through each student's Miami University Bursar account.