ELP Financial Aid

ELP Financial Aid

The Department, the Graduate School of Education, and the University offer a wide range of financial assistance opportunities, as does the State of New York and the federal government. For detailed information consult the Graduate School, The Graduate School of Education, and the office of Financial Aid to Students in Hayes Annex B, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14214. Students should keep in touch with the Department on a regular basis if financial aid is required.


The Department offers a number of graduate assistantships to well-qualified students. These assistantships require 20 hours of work each week during the semester and generally carry a stipend of approximately $9,000 for the academic year, plus a tuition scholarship. Students receiving assistantships must register for a full graduate course load. This constitutes a minimum of nine hours. In addition to Departmental assistantships, a number of graduate assistantships in other programs are offered each year.

The Department makes an effort to help all full-time students find assistantship support for up to a maximum of four years. The Department limits its own assistantships to a two-year term. Because the Department's own opportunities for support are limited, departmental assistantship appointments will be guided by the following principles:

  1. Only doctoral students will be considered for Departmental assistantship support.
  2. The Department will provide assistantship support for a maximum of two academic years.
  3. The department will carefully review each graduate assistant every year and reappointment for a second year of support will depend on satisfactory work on the assistantship and satisfactory academic work.
  4. The Department will help qualified full-time doctoral students to obtain assistantship support elsewhere in the University once the Department's own two-year tenure is expired.
  5. The Department will seek to have equitable mix of beginning and advanced doctoral students among its assistants. Students doing course-work will, in general, receive preference in assistantship appointment.
  6. The assistantship positions will, in general, be divided among the degree programs roughly in proportion to their enrollments. Enrollments will be defined as the total graduate credit production by the program.
  7. The Department's own needs and priorities will be part of the allocation process. Requests for appointment and reappointment shall be submitted by announced deadlines and it is the responsibility of the assistant to ensure that all appropriate forms are completed by the deadline, March 15. Applicants interested in applying for an assistantship should complete the Graduate Assistantship Application and mail it to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy by the deadline specified on the form.

Graduate Assistantship (GA) Application Form

Petitions for the reappointment of graduate assistants beyond the two-year maximum may be made to the Department Chair by the deadline for appointments each year and may, in extraordinary circumstances, be granted by the Chair in consultation with the Department Executive Committee.


Presidential Fellowships - Doctoral students who are nominated for assistantships by their departments may also be entered into the University competition for supplemental teaching fellowship money in the amount of $2,000 each. Selection criteria include standardized test scores, undergraduate and graduate (if any) grades, letters of recommendation, publications or other scholarly activity.

Woodburn Fellowships

Five to eight Fellowships, named in honor of the former Graduate School Dean, Henry Woodburn, are awarded each year by the University. Woodburn Fellowships enable students with exceptional academic records and potential to concentrate exclusively on course work or research. No teaching duties are involved. The award provides an $8,000 stipend and a waiver for tuition (but not fees) for each academic year at a maximum of four years. Graduate students currently enrolled are not eligible.

Woodburn Fellows are required to register as full-time students (12 semester credit hours) each semester and to be in good academic standing to continue to qualify for the fellowship. Nominations are submitted by the Department Chairperson.

Minority Fellowships

Fellowships are available for underrepresented minority students. Stipends range from $7,500 for master's students to $10,000 for doctoral students. Fellowships carry full tuition scholarships. Students may not hold outside employment. Applicants should have at least a 3.5 GPA although those who show strong non-traditional indicators of their ability and perseverance are, however, eligible for consideration with a GPA of 3.0 and above. Completed applications must be submitted to the Department Office by March 1 of each year.