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Graduate Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies is dedicated to helping make pursuing a graduate degree accessible and affordable through various assistantships, grants and scholarships. By collaborating with Bridgewater's Financial Aid Office, students are able to identify various loan opportunities that can help to offset the costs associated with graduate education and receive individual counseling and support to move closer towards their personal and professional goals. 

Prospective graduate students are encouraged to begin the financial aid application process as soon as they begin to think about attending graduate school. Applying for financial aid early ensures that applicants in programs that are eligible have resources available to them at the start of their program.  For more detailed information regarding financial aid and how BSU can help, please contact our Office of Financial Aid at 508.531.1341 or finaid@bridgew.edu.

Financial Aid Resources:

Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA)  www.fafsa.ed.gov
Federal School Code for Bridgewater State University is 002183
Information about the TEACH Grant
 

The following programs are eligible for Financial Aid:

Accelerated Postbaccalaureate Program (Secondary Education)
Teacher of Dance (all levels)
Teacher of Earth Science (5-8)
Teacher of Earth Science (8-12)
Teacher of English (5-8)
Teacher of English (8-12)
Teacher of Health, Family and Consumer Sciences (all levels)
Teacher of History (5-8)
Teacher of History (8-12)
Teacher of Mathematics (5-8)
Teacher of Mathematics (8-12)
Teacher of Music (all levels)
Teacher of Physical Education (PreK-8)
Teacher of Physical Education (5-12)
Teacher of Physics (5-8)
Teacher of Physics (8-12)
Teacher of Spanish (5-8)
Teacher of Spanish (8-12)
Teacher of Theater (all levels)
Teacher of Visual Art (PreK-8)
Teacher of Visual Art (5-12)

Postbaccalaureate Initial Licensure
Early Childhood Education Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities PreK-2
Elementary Education
Health, Health/Family and Consumer Sciences PreK-12
Instructional Technology, All Levels
Physical Education PreK-8, 5-12

Master of Education (MEd)
Counseling 
Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Educational Leadership
Health Promotion 
Instructional Technology
PreK-12 Education (for Educators in Non-U.S. Settings)
Reading 
Special Education - Moderate Disabilities
Special Education - Severe Disabilities
Special Education - Non-Licensure
 
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Biology
Creative Arts
English
History
Mathematics
Music
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
 
Master of Arts (MA)
English 
Psychology 
 
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
 
Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA)
 
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
 
Master of Science (MS)
Athletic Training  
Computer Science 
Criminal Justice 
Physical Education
 
Master of Social Work (MSW)
 
CAGS in Reading
 
 

For current openings, please visit https://jobs.bridgew.edu and click on the Student tab.

Graduate Assistantships
Full Graduate Assistantships:
Students work in an academic or administrative department 20 hours per week and earn an income during the fall and spring semesters. Students will receive tuition and fee remission for up to 24 credits per academic year, plus a complimentary parking pass.  Total award valued over $35,000 available to well-qualified matriculated students taking at least 9 credits. 

½ Graduate Assistantships:
Students work in an academic or administrative department 10 hours per week and earn an income during the fall and spring semesters. Students will receive tuition and fee remission for up to 15 credits per academic year, plus a complimentary parking pass. Total award valued over $20,000 available to well-qualified matriculated students taking at least 6 credits.  

For more information about Graduate Assistantships, please email Lauren Lamothe in the Office of the Dean. 

Research Assistantships
Graduate Research Assistantships allow part and full-time matriculated students the opportunity to collaborate with a professor on meaningful research up to ten hours a week and earn an income during the fall and spring semesters. With tuition and fee remission for up to 15 credits per academic year, the total value of this award is over $20,000. For more information about Graduate Research Assistantships, please email Lauren Lamothe in the Office of the Dean. 

 

For current openings, please visit https://jobs.bridgew.edu and click on the Student tab.

The GWF program at BSU is coordinated by Dr. Elaine Bukowieck. For more information about this program, please feel free to contact her: Ebukowiecki@bridgew.edu

Writing Fellowships
Graduate Writing Fellowships link part and full-time matriculated graduate students with peers from their graduate program to provide support in discipline-specific writing. Earning a weekly income combined with tuition and fee remission for up to 15 credits, Graduate Writing Fellows receive an award valued at over $20,000. 

A graduate writing fellow (GWF) is a graduate student trained to work with peers in their own (or cognate) disciplines. GWFs mostly conference with students one-on-one, and largely help with the “big picture” parts of students’ writing, as opposed to line-by-line edits: getting started on writing assignments; understanding assignments; finding resources; using other peoples’ writing in their own work; organizing papers so that they are easy to read; adhering to citation styles, and the like. Support is offered through a variety of methods, including face-to-face meetings and online communication. Having a GWF in a graduate program highlights the importance of reader feedback, drafting, and revision, which are key processes to successful disciplinary and professional writing.
 
How Do Graduate Writing Fellows Work With Graduate Programs?
At Bridgewater State University (BSU), GWFs work for 10 hours a week in a variety of different models, which are selected by each graduate program:
  • Referral-based: In this model, the GWF services are primarily available to students who are referred to the program by faculty who feel that the student could benefit from writing support.  Students can also self-refer to the GWF program.
  • Classroom-based: In this model, all students in a particular course, such as a gateway course to the graduate program or a research course, are required to attend meetings with the GWF.
     
  • Programmatic: In this model, students from more than one course across a program participate in the writing fellows program, meeting with a GWF at different points in their program and academic career (i.e. in their first and second year).
     
What Graduate Programs at BSU Are Involved in the Graduate Writing Fellows Program?
Below is a list of participating graduate programs with their respective faculty mentors:
 

Program

Faculty Mentor

Contact Email

Movement Arts, Health Promotion, and Leisure Studies

Dr. Karen Richardson

Karen.Richardson@bridgew.edu

Reading

Dr. Elaine Bukowiecki

Ebukowiecki@bridgew.edu

Criminal Justice

Dr. Jennifer Hartsfield

Jennifer.Hartsfield@bridgew.edu

Social Work

Dr. Castagna Lacet

jclacet@bridgew.edu

Psychology

Dr. Michelle Mamberg

Michelle.Mamberg@bridgew.edu

Public Administration

Dr. Kevin Donnelly

KDonnelly@bridgew.edu

TESOL MAT

Dr. Yulia Stakhnevich

jstakhnevich@bridgew.edu

Counselor Education

Dr. Elaine Bukowiecki

Ebukowiecki@bridgew.edu

Scholarships
The College of Graduate Studies offers a variety of scholarships to matriculated students across all disciplines. To learn more about scholarship opportunities available to graduate students, please contact Maureen Chaves in Graduate Student Services. 

 

 

Conference Funding Award
The College of Graduate Studies provides matriculated students the opportunity to offset the costs associated with presenting their research at professional academic conferences. These presentations provide graduate students the opportunity to showcase their research as well as  to interact with scholars and fellow graduate students in their specialized field. These presentations can also help to compliment a graduate student’s application to doctoral programs. For more information about the Conference Funding Award, please email Lauren Lamothe in the Office of the Dean. 

 

 

TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching. 

Student Loans

Various student loans are available to help defer the costs of attending graduate school. For more information about student loans and eligibility, please click the button below

Financing Options

In addition to the financial aid programs at Bridgewater, you have a variety of financing options including the BSU Payment Plan, federal loans and private loans.