Graduate Students

There are multiple types of funding sources/opportunities to support your pursuit of a graduate degree.  This page provides comprehensive information, links, and steps to pursue each.  In addition to the information located on this page, we encourage you to download and review the Financial Assistance for Graduate Students booklet for comprehensive information related to financial support options and the pursuit of your graduate degree.

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Graduate Assistantships & the Graduate Advantage Program
Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program                    
Alternative Funding Options

Graduate Assistantships & the Graduate Advantage Program

The Graduate Assistant (GA) and Graduate Advantage Program (GAP) positions are the institution's tuition remission programs exclusively for graduate students.  These positions are available each year for students to apply to work in an academic or administrative area on campus. Typically, these positions are filled for work during the academic year.  Student's earn funding to support their college bill while simultaneously gaining tangible experiences in their field, in higher education, and more! 

Below are the positions that are currently open for the 2016-2017 year.  Note that the deadline to apply for each position is June 30th, 2016 unless otherwise indicated. Please contact the Center for Graduate Studies to discuss any details related to the application requirements, or the positions themselves.  Contact information for the offices that will be interviewing for these positions can also be found within the attached descriptions.

Step 1: Review Descriptions

Full Graduate Assistantship (Full tuition plus $3,000 stipend)

           Taskstream Assistant - Position closed
           Literacy Center (2 Positions Available) - Note: Unique application required - Found in common app.
           College Writing Center: Assistant Director

Graduate Advantage Program (Partial Tuition Scholarship, some stipends {varies by position})

           Community Health
           Division of Graduate and Continuing Education: Graduate Enrollment Support Specialist
           College Writing Center: Education Tutor
           English & Communication Department
           Watertown Extension Center
           Mathematics Department Tutor
           Business Administration Department
           Master of Science for Teachers Assistant (Elementary/Adolescent Programs)
           Advanced Programs Assistant (Literacy, Special Education & Curriculum and Instruction)
           Overnight Camps Assistant - Position closed
Student Success Center: Tutoring and Mentoring Assistant
           Center for Applied Learning: International Education
           Center for Applied Learning: Experiential Education
           Career Planning Office
           Accommodative Services Office

Step 2: Complete the common application: Click here (or enter into your browser)

Step 3: Confirm receipt of application: Contact the Center for Graduate Studies (315-267-2165 or

Should you be screened as a potential candidate, you will be contacted separately by each hiring area.

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Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program

The Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program is a SUNY-wide initiative that offers fellowships to students who have been admitted to graduate or professional study.  This program is intended to assist in the recruitment, enrollment and retention of students in doctoral and master’s level programs who can demonstrate that they contribute to the diversity of the student body, especially those who can show that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.

The Center for Graduate Studies accepts applications for fall awards, as well as spring.  Application deadline for the fall semester is August 1st.  Applications for the Spring have a deadline of December 15th.  Please note that awards are given each semester, and applications must be submitted for each semester. There are no automatic fall to spring awards.

Download the application packet

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Graduate Opportunity Program

The Graduate Opportunity (GOP) program is a tuition waiver program specifically designed for students who have graduated from SUNY's Education Opportunity Program (EOP), City University of New York's Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK) Program or the Higher Educational Opportunity Program (HEOP) conducted by private colleges. 

The Center for Graduate Studies accepts applications for fall awards, as well as spring.  Application deadline for the fall semester is August 1st.  Applications for the Spring have a deadline of December 15th.  Please note that awards are given each semester, and applications must be submitted for each semester. There are no automatic fall to spring awards.

Download the application packet here

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Graduate Student Scholarships

There are several scholarship opportunities for students to apply to.  This includes new students entering a program, as well as returning students.  There are institutional scholarships (see below), as well as several scholarship programs that are established and administered within the schools on campus.  Contact the Center for Graduate Studies with any specific questions you may have:

New Student Scholarships (Merit-based, awarded for first two semesters):

School Specific Scholarships:

The following School of Education & Professional Studies alumni scholarships, scheduled to be awarded for the fall 2016 semester can be found below.  The deadline to apply for these scholarships is July 15, 2016.  Open each PDF and read through the criteria to determine if you are eligible to apply:

Other Scholarships:

As we become aware of other scholarships available outside of the school, we will post them here.  Note that these are external award opportunities, and we are not responsible for the upkeep of their website, information, and specific timeframe.  You are encouraged to contact the organizations/entities offering these awards as questions arise.

The New York State Masters in Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program - Provides 500 top undergraduate students full graduate tuition awards annually to pursue their Masters in Education.  To be eligible, a student must be enrolled full-time in a master's degree in education program and agree to teach in a NYS public elementary or secondary school for five years following completion of his or her degree.

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Federal Loans

Graduate students are eligible for federal loan funding when enrolled in at least 6 credits.  While full-time status for graduate students is 9 credits or more, all financial aid packages are estimated based on enrollment in 12 credits when FAFSA information is received.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you are enrolled in fewer than 12 credits.  In most cases an adjustment is made only for tuition, fees and books; funding for living expenses is not affected.

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Pre-filled FAFSA application online: Before you begin you will want to have your tax information or estimates from last year.  You will also want to have your PIN available so that you can sign your application upon completion. All students must apply each year for Federal aid by completing the FAFSA application. Continuing students may decide to complete the Pre-filled FAFSA on line. All filers will need the SUNY Potsdam Federal Code (002850) to input on the applications. More application information is available at
  2. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR) The Federal Government will provide you with access to your Student Aid Report via e-mail if you apply on line. Please review this FAFSA summary and return the form to the Federal Government or our office with any corrections you may have to the application.
  3. Notify the Financial Aid Office of any Private Scholarships You will want to notify the Financial Aid Office if you will be receiving outside scholarships or grants from local, state, national, or corporate organizations. These awards may impact your financial aid eligibility.
  4. Receive Your Award Letter Once we have received your FAFSA information from the Federal Government, and we have received any other requested data needed from you, we will process your financial aid package and notify you of your aid eligibility. Continuing students will receive an award notification via e-mail directing them to the BearPAWS system. Notification begins in early March.
  5. Respond to Inquiries Respond promptly to any inquiries from federal and state agencies, or from our office. We will notify continuing students via e-mail to access the BearPAWS system to see what information is missing in order to process your financial aid. Delays in receipt of pertinent information will delay the review process, mailing of award letters, and disbursement of funds.

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Alternative Funding Options

There are many alternative funding options available to support your graduate degree.  This section will be updated frequently, so be sure to visit the page often to learn more about these:

Develop a non-credit course! The Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation (CLEAR) serves the campus and local communities by offering a variety of programming that is available to people of all ages.  If you have specialized experiences, or know of unique things that may be of interest, running a course is a great way to earn extra dollars to support you.  Download the instructor proposal packet and see if your ideas could become a great new course!

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