Financial Assistance, Graduate Assistant & Honor Society Opportunities

Several kinds of financial aid are available to graduate students who meet all admission requirements. Some of these sources provide an opportunity for desirable professional experiences as well. Conditions for assistantships, loans, and other financial aid are subject to change. For a complete detailed description of the following, please refer to the Financial Aid section of the Graduate Catalog.

Graduate assistants are full-time students and are expected to contribute an average of 20 hours per week during a 10-month academic year from September 1 to June 30. Graduate Assistantship positions are designed to supplement a student’s academic program of study. Graduate Assistants receive a stipend, plus a remission of all University-wide fees and tuition for graduate level courses required by the individual degree program for the year served as a graduate assistant. Graduate assistants must be fully matriculated into a degree program prior to the position appointment.

Doctoral assistantships are awarded for one full academic year, beginning September 1 and ending June 30. Only students fully accepted (matriculated) into a doctoral degree program at Montclair State University are eligible for an assistantship at the doctoral level. Doctoral students must maintain a satisfactory academic status while serving in an assistantship. Applications will be considered during the admission review. Assistantship recipients typically will be notified at the time of admission into the doctoral program. Deadline for application is February 1st for the next academic year.

Doctoral Assistants receive a waiver of tuition and college-wide fees, plus a ten-month stipend. Doctoral assistants are expected to contribute an average of 20 hours per week (i.e. handling classes, conducting research, and/or other appropriate activities during the appointment). For more information and an application for the Doctoral Assistantships, please visit The Graduate School website at:

Financial Aid Programs:
Students must meet all established eligibility criteria for Federal and State financial aid funds. Financial aid recipients must maintain at least part-time status (5 credits per semester). In addition, applicants must be accepted into an eligible institutional program for Title IV Loans on a program specific basis. Financial aid is dependent upon student status. Only students in the following categories may borrow funds: matriculated students in an Ed.D., D.Env.M., M.A., M.A.T., M.Ed., M.B.A., M.F.A., M.S., Sc.D or B.S/M.S. program, and instructional teacher certification. The following students have restrictions on borrowing: deferred matriculated students can borrow for only one year, and post-baccalaureate students in other certification programs have other restrictions. Non-degree and certificate students are not eligible for any type of financial aid. For information on financial aid programs, call the Office of Financial Aid at (973) 655-4461 or see the Graduate Catalog for brief descriptions.

The The Graduate School administers the Saul and Adelaide Goldfarb Graduate Scholarship. A limited number of scholarships are offered each year to qualifying new graduate students (earned less than nine credits). Applications are due in The The Graduate School by April 1st for the Saul and Adelaide Goldfarb Graduate Scholarship.
Applications for the Saul and Adelaide Goldfarb Graduate Scholarships, in addition to other scholarships such as the Margaret Yardley Fellowship and the Albert Wang Dissertation Scholarships are available at The Graduate School, College Hall, 203 or The The Graduate School website:

Various departments offer graduate scholarships to qualifying graduate students. Do not hesitate to call your respective department for information on the availability of scholarships.

The The Graduate School is host to the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society for Graduate and Professional School Students. This Honor Society was founded specifically to honor academic excellence and leadership among graduate students. Qualifications for membership are:

  • Academic achievement in the top 20th percentile of the member’s college or school in which their degree program resides
  • Successful completion of 18 graduate credits
  • Demonstration of leadership through involvement in on-campus or off-campus activities while a graduate student

Membership is very competitive and by invitation only. Students are invited to membership by The The Graduate School and must return their completed application by the deadline to be considered for induction. The average GPA of members is 3.94.