Costs and Financial Assistance

Cost of Attending

See Student Services Center website for tuition and fees.

The Financial Aid Office offers estimates at this page of the costs of attending graduate school.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Applicants for admission to the three programs in English--Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), and Master of Fine Arts (MFA)--may apply for a teaching assistantship, an academic appointment made on a competitive basis.  Teaching Assistantships are only awarded to new, incoming students and are only available for students who plant to begin their graduate work in the fall semester.  We are able to offer assistantships to approximately one-third of our applicants.  To be considered for an assistantship, you must apply by the Feb.1 deadline.  For more information on the Teaching Assistantship, please visit the "Graduate Teaching Assistantships" page.

Career Development Center

The  Career Development Center (CDC) offers services to students who are currently enrolled in a degree program and the services remain available to students for up to one year after graduation. The CDC manages the ePACK job listing and offers assistance in a variety of areas including career counseling, co-op coordinating, and interview preparation.  The CDC also offers numerous events and career fairs during the fall and spring semesters to assist with job placement.

“I found ePACK to be a very valuable resource, because it includes several job listings, both on and off campus. It also provides information about upcoming career fairs and the companies that are attending. The CDC is a one-stop shop for all your career needs. They provide a wide-range of services from career guidance to interview preparation. I found them very friendly and approachable, even if your needs are unique.

I think the co-op program is very useful if you are looking for work in an area related to your field of study. The best part is that co-ops are flexible and can be easily done while being a full-time student. I did co-ops for two consecutive semesters and gained so much of practical wisdom, which was a great complement to my degree.”
                                                      -Amitha Narayanan, MS Tech Comm Graduate 2015

Travel Funds

The Department of English encourages graduate students to participate actively in professional meetings pertinent to their career paths. We are sometimes able to reimburse grad students for a portion of their professional travel expenses. Recently, MA students have presented work at conferences sponsored by the Popular Culture Association, the American Association for Applied Linguistics, the South Atlantic branch of the Modern Language Association, the Southeastern Writing Center conference, the Southern Appalachian Culture Series, 50th International Medieval Congress, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Victorians Institute Conference and the Conference on College Composition and Communication, among others.

If departmental funds are available, a call for travel funding requests is posted via the graduate google groups, usually in the fall semester. Priority is given to students who are presenting papers, though occasionally funds are available for other travelers as well. 

The University Graduate Student Association (UGSA) sometimes has travel funding to offer as well.  Students are encouraged to apply for these competitive travel grants when they are announced.  See the UGSA webstie or contact your AEGS representative for details.  


Some English graduate students find opportunities for employment with NCSU’s Writing and Speaking Tutorial Services or the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes. Calls for applicants are forwarded to the graduate google groups.

Employment Announcements via Google Groups

Throughout the academic year, opportunities for part-time, full-time, or freelance work are brought to the attention of the DGP and other English faculty. Information about these opportunities is disseminated via the English Graduate Students and MSTC Google groups.

Graduate School Financial Assistance

The Graduate School encourages students to explore the variety of funding opportunities available at their Financial Support page.

Graduate School Diversity Enhancement Grant Program

Students from underrepresented groups may apply for supplemental funding from the graduate school's Diversity Enhancement Grant Program. This is a competitive program for applicants who will enhance diversity in NCSU's student body. 

Long-Term Loans

There are several sources of long-term financial aid available to qualified students. For specific information contact the Financial Aid Office, 2005 Harris Hall, 515-2421.

Short-Term Emergency Loans

Loans, usually in amounts of $100 or less, to meet emergency expenses may be obtained on short notice at the Financial Aid Office, 2005 Harris Hall. These loans are designed for short term emergency use and should be repaid within about 30 days.