Financial information for ALL students

For information on financial aid, check out the Office of Financial Aid’s website:, where you will find instructions on how to apply for financial aid, answers to frequently asked questions and helpful hints on finding scholarships.

International students interested in applying to CU-Boulder should be sure to visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website:

Financial information for GRADUATE students

GPTI, TA AND GA APPOINTMENTS – The department has limited funding for teaching assistants (TA), graduate assistants (GA) and graduate part-time instructors (GPTI). Appointments vary from 15-25% and can be either one semester or academic year appointments. Appointees receive a stipend and a partial waiver of tuition based on the percentage of their appointment. Students are paid on a monthly basis, on the last working day of each month. In addition, appointments that are 20% and above receive a partial waiver on certain types of health insurance.

Appointments for continuing graduate students require submission of an application. Appointments are based on academic progress, experience and needs of the department. Selection is by the faculty and applicants are notified by the end of the spring semester.

Teaching Assistants (TAs) serve as class assistants, and are under the guidance of a particular professor who assists and encourages the TA to develop excellence in teaching. TAs are not placed in overall charge of courses.

Graduate Assistants (GAs) might serve as a production coordinator, production stage manager, house manager or publicity director assistant. These appointments are not directly involved with instruction.

Graduate Part-Time Instructors (GPTIs) are appointments held by students with a master’s degree or equivalent and are given full responsibility for an undergraduate class. The activities include preparing a course syllabus, instructing the class, holding office hours, determining grades, etc.

Grader Positions: The department sets some money aside each semester to pay for graders in large lecture classes (over 70). Graders will grade a percentage of essays, exams, etc. as stipulated by the course instructor. Graders are not required to attend each class (though some attendance is probably advisable) and are compensated at a rate of $10/student, e.g. working as a grader for a class with enrollment of 120 pays $1,200 for the semester. Please notify the Director of Graduate Studies if you are interested in being a grader.

Financial Assistance

• Graduate School*
• Chancellor’s (entering students)*
• Arts & Sciences (entering students)*
• Devaney (entering students)*
• Devaney Dissertation
• Emerson/Lowe Dissertation

*Department nominated. Criteria for consideration may include grade point average, past performance, GRE scores, experience, recommendations, and special abilities; some awards have more specific qualifications.

Please note that the Devaney Dissertation Fellowships are highly competitive and require the recipient to have passed the comprehensive examination by May 1 of the academic year preceding the award.

• Graduate School Travel ($125/one per year)
• Arts & Sciences Student Travel ($125/one per year)
• Beverly Sears Dean’s Small Grant ($100-750 competitive)
• Need Based (department nominated, must qualify for financial aid)

NOTE: Students apply directly for these grants, unless otherwise specified. Deadlines will be distributed by the Graduate Program Assistant via the theatre graduate student list serve.

• Graduate School Teaching Excellence*
• Graduate Student Research and Creative Work*
• Outstanding Dissertation in the Humanities*
• Richard K. Knaub Graduate Essay Competition (department/competitive)

*Department nominated

Other awards that have been awarded to department graduate students include:

• Udick Education Grant (woman/U.S. citizen/Colorado resident)
• Women’s Forum of Colorado Foundation Scholarship (woman/U.S. citizen)
• Dorothy Martin (outstanding woman graduate student)
• Ogilvy Travel Fellowship (British and Irish Studies)

Additional award opportunities become available from time to time. Notices of these awards will be posted on the Graduate Student bulletin board and/or sent via email.

Work-Study is available through the University. Students (after qualifying through Financial Aid) should contact the Student Employment office in the UMC for University work-study opportunities. Work-study jobs exist both in and outside the department. Please note: in order to qualify students need to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to Financial Aid; April 1 is the recommended deadline for timely consideration; submission of that year’s tax return is required.

The University’s Office of Financial Aid provides information and applications for Guaranteed Student Loans. Financial Aid is located in Regent 175; its phone number is 303-492-5091; website is Students need to apply every year (in the spring) for financial aid for the following academic year. Financial aid strongly encourages you to submit the FAFSA by April 1.