College of Education Financial Aid

All applications for assistance and scholarships are due in the Graduate Studies office (Bailey 204) no later than February 1st for doctoral students and March 1st for masters students. You can either drop off or email the completed applications as an attachment to

Tuition Assistance Program Application (TAP)

Our Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) pays one-third to one-half tuition for up to six hours per semester. Award amounts depend on the number of eligible students and the amount of available funds. Applications allow you to apply for the upcoming summer, fall and spring terms. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered only if funds are available.

March 1 for all Master’s programs
February 1 for all Doctoral programs

Download Summer 2021 – Spring 2022 TAP Application

Teaching Assistantships (TA)

Teaching Assistants (TAs) perform work relating to the Teacher-Scholar Model, blending experiences of teaching and scholarship as they assist a faculty member or Graduate Instructor. TAs support core teaching duties within each graduate program such as by monitoring undergraduate laboratories and supporting large lecture sections through attending class, taking attendance, calculating averages, grading exams, monitoring online discussions and providing occasional lectures. TAs may also assist a professor through data collection; proofreading or copyediting written materials; managing correspondence; and/or library, online or field research. These assignments carry a workload of no more than 20 hours per week.

TA duties are primarily related to teaching. TAs are not, however, instructors of record or adjunct faculty and do not carry full responsibility for the courses they assist.

March 1 for all Master’s programs
February 1 for all Doctoral programs

Download 2021-2022 TA/RA/GA Application

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistants (GAs) help with program-related work for a graduate or other awarding unit. GAs are assigned to departments or graduate colleges and directors of academic programs rather than to assist individual faculty or staff members with research or teaching duties.

Learn more about the Higher Education Leadership GA program.

Research Assistantships

Demonstrating the Student-Scholar Model by offering students the opportunity to participate in faculty-led research projects allows Research Assistants (RAs) to experience the various stages of completing a focused research project. RAs provide research support to designated faculty members through experiment design; data collection; proofreading or copyediting written materials; managing correspondence related to the research project; and/or scheduling, organizing or completing library, online or field research. These appointments are typically funded by grants.  Though they may have the opportunity to participate in courses related to faculty research projects, RAs are not considered teaching support; their duties are primarily research functions.

Graduate Instructorships

Graduate Instructors (GIs) are instructors of record for lecture courses or supervisors of complete lab courses and are responsible for all course preparation and research, supervising of Teaching Assistants assigned to their courses/labs, and hold ultimate responsibility for grading, equipment care, ordering textbooks, and holding office hours for their courses.


All graduate students may apply for scholarships. The application may be downloaded from this web page.  Scholarship recipients must reapply for a scholarship each academic year.

March 1 for all Master’s programs
February 1 for all Doctoral programs

Scholarship application is currently closed.

Dr. & Mrs. Jeff L. Horn Scholarship
Students and friends of Professor Emeritus Dr. Jefferson L. Horn established this scholarship in 1984. The scholarship benefits currently enrolled students who:

  • graduated from TCU
  • have completed 12 or more graduate hours at TCU
  • maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • hold teacher certification
  • have taught in public schools for three of more years

Hal & Nancy Bearden Scholarship
Nancy Roberts Bearden, through a bequest gift, established this scholarship in January 1992. Mrs. Bearden attended TCU where she earned a bachelor of business administration in 1930 and a master’s in education in 1946. She served Fort Worth as a teacher for many years – teaching at the elementary level and at Paschal High School. Preference is given to a full time graduate student.

Shirley Gibson Chapman Scholarship
Ms. Shirley Chapman of Dallas and the TCU class of 1927 established this scholarship in 1987 to honor her father, Charles W. Gibson who served on the TCU Board of Trustees
from 1889 to 1920 and the Brite Divinity Board of Trustees from 1914-1919. The scholarship benefits currently enrolled students who:

  • have completed 12 or more graduate hours at TCU
  • maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • have taught 3 or more years in public school
  • are currently employed in education

Redman Foundation Graduate Education Scholarship
The Redman Foundation of Dallas, Texas established this scholarship in 1986 to benefit students currently enrolled in the College of Education graduate program who:

  • have completed 12 or more graduate hours at TCU
  • maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • have taught three of more years in public school
  • graduated from TCU
  • hold teacher certification

Laura Lee Crane Scholarship
M. J. Neeley along with colleagues and friends of Ms. Crane established this scholarship in 1991 at the time of Ms. Crane’s retirement from TCU. Ms. Crane joined the TCU faculty as an instructor in the Speech Communication Department in 1962, she moved to the Starpoint School faculty in 1966, earned her Master of Arts degree in 1968, and served as the director of Starpoint from 1972 to 1990. Ms. Crane deeply impacted the community with her contributions. The scholarship benefits full-time graduate students studying special education.

Juanita Cash Fellowship
The Juanita Cash Fellowship for Graduate Education is an annual expendable scholarship that provides tuition and fees for FWISD teachers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to pursue a graduate degree in education; specifically a teaching field (i.e. special education, language/literacy education, science education, and/or math education). James I. Cash, TCU Class of 1969, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, established this fund in 1986 to honor his mother, a retired Fort Worth schoolteacher. He served on the TCU Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1996.

Lay-Williams Scholarship in Special Education
The Lay-Williams Scholarship in Special Education is for a new graduate student in the Special Education Program. The scholarship benefits newly enrolled students who:

  • maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Depth of content & pedagogical knowledge
  • Excellence in planning & delivering instruction
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach students with diverse background and skill levels
  • Stated passion for the field of Special Education

Dr. Sherrie Reynolds Graduate Scholarship
Established in 2014, this scholarship memorializes Dr. Sherrie Reynolds, a former TCU College of Education faculty member. Primary consideration is given to graduate students in Curriculum Studies.

Kelly Kyle Cumpiano Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Robert J. and Edith K. Schumacher Foundation in honor of Kelly Kyle Cumpiano ’12 ‘13. The scholarship enables graduate students to receive an education at TCU. Primary consideration will be given to a student with financial need entering the Accelerated Master’s Program. Graduate financial aid awards are based solely on merit.

Starpoint Associates

This appointment provides TCU graduate students with teaching experience at Starpoint School. Associates will be responsible for developing high level and specialized teaching skills in appropriate areas, based on the needs of the program, teachers, and children at Starpoint School.

March 1 for all Master’s programs

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

Students in the following programs are eligible to apply for this federal grant: Special Education M.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction M.Ed.: Mathematics Education Emphasis and Curriculum & Instruction M.Ed.: Science Education Emphasis. Click on the following link for details:

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