Department of Psychology

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

First-year doctoral students typically are supported through Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs). After the first year, doctoral students are supported by either a GTA or Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA). After the first year, clinical students receive a GRA through a clinical placement, although they may also pursue GTA positions if deemed appropriate. The program also offers bona fide RA positions, depending on available funds. Many I/O and Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences students are funded with GTAs after the first year but some will receive a GRA, depending on available funds.

The norm for a GTA and GRA in this department is a .33 FTE assistantship appointment.  Students who hold an assistantship of at least .33 FTE currently receive a full tuition fellowship from the university for that semester. The full tuition fellowship pays both in-state and out-of-state tuition for up to 15 semester credit hours for that semester. The student is required only to pay a GRA/GTA enrollment fee for the semester of $580.

There is a limit to the number of credit hours of tuition fellowship a student can receive. That limit is set by the Graduate School and amounts to 110% of the number of credit hours required to complete the particular Ph.D. program.  When a curriculum model changes during the term of a student’s continuous enrollment, if the student chooses to complete the requirements of a new curriculum model that entails fewer or more required credit hours than the initial model, then the hours of tuition fellowship eligibility may be adjusted accordingly.  Students who continue to hold assistantships after exhausting the tuition fellowship limit will continue to have the out-of-state portion of tuition waived ($1008 per credit hour) during semesters in which they hold an assistantship but will be required to pay the in-state portion of their tuition ($504 per credit hour plus a Student Services Fee of $812).

Students holding assistantships of at least .25 FTE for Fall and/or Spring semester are enrolled automatically in the Auburn University Graduate Student Group Health Plan (GSGHP).  Students who already have equivalent  or greater coverage through another source may petition to opt out of the GSGHP by submitting a “Mandatory Health Insurance Waiver Request Form”  to the Graduate School no later than the 15th class day of the semester for which the waiver is requested.   For complete information about the insurance plan’s cost, coverage and opt-out procedures, see  The Graduate School currently credits students holding the specified assistantships $900 toward the annual health insurance premium, bringing the student's cost down to $1030 for single student coverage for the 12-month academic year (e.g., 8/16/16 through 8/15/17). 

Historically, doctoral students making strong progress have received 5 years of support. Because levels of funding are determined by annual legislative action and by the budgetary constraints of the various practicum sites, it is impossible to guarantee this level of support, but it is expected to continue. Assistantship pay for doctoral students starts at $1140 per month for students with a .33 FTE appointment and rises when the student has fulfilled MS requirements and/or takes on a higher FTE appointment.  All doctoral students are automatically considered for assistantships; there is no separate application. For Student Loan information, contact Student Financial Services at 334-844-4723.

Note: The information above pertains only to students in the Clinical, Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences, and Industrial/Organizational Doctoral programs. It does not apply to students in the Master's Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities. Tuition and salary rates are for 2016-2017 academic year.


Last Updated: May 07, 2015