Master of Business Administration Graduate Program Student Handbook

3. Financial Support


There are several types of financial aid, including subsidized and unsubsidized loans, graduate teaching assistantships, graduate research assistantships, and scholarships. Graduate students are welcome to apply for any funding for which they feel qualified. To be awarded graduate financial aid, a student must be accepted into a graduate degree-seeking major by the Graduate School.  There may be specific criteria required in order to receive certain aid. 

3.1 Coggin College of Business Scholarship


Several scholarship opportunities are available at:

 

http://www.unf.edu/coggin/services/scholarships.html 

 

Students should review this page frequently because scholarship postings change regularly.  Instructions for submitting an application and requirements are posted on the webpage.



3.2 Graduate School Scholarship Opportunities


The Graduate School offers two scholarships.

 

The Delores Auzenne Scholarshipassists students from populations that are underrepresented in particular disciplines; this changes from year to year, as does the amount of funding available to an Auzenne Scholarship recipient.

 

The Graduate Scholars Program offers aid to students who are pursing projects of their own initiation that contribute to their activity as scholars, for example, the presentation of a paper at a scholarly conference.  These are one-time modest awards to cover costs associated with these sorts of scholarly activities.

 



3.3 In-state vs. Out-of-state Designations


Tuition for out-of-state students is significantly more expensive than for in-state students. Thus, it is a great idea for students entering the program to apply for in-state residency as soon as possible. The department pays the additional fee for out-of-state students, but this will only be guaranteed for a single year. If funds are available we will gladly pick up subsequent years as well, but funds are seldom available (and the competition for the limited out-of-state tuition waivers is increasing).

3.4 MBA Assistantships and Scholarships


UNF has made some graduate funding available directly through the various graduate programs for eligible students in those programs.  Such MBA program opportunities usually take one of the following forms1: 

Graduate Teaching Assistantship

The Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) works in consultation with the course faculty member and Departmental Office Manager to gain teaching skills and an increased understanding of the discipline.  GTAs work under the direct supervision of graduate faculty and will be assigned to duties related to instruction for about 16-20 hours of work per week in the Coggin business departments.  These include teaching-related activities such as assisting in the preparation of lectures and exams, grading papers and exams, leading Breakout Group discussion sections, designing assignments, maintaining student contact and keeping class records and attendance.  The position provides a partial stipend/tuition waiver and an hourly salary.   Candidates should demonstrate potential for teaching and research and the ability to mentor undergraduate students.  Positions are filled from applications submitted to the MBA advisor.

 

Once hired, the GTA must meet ongoing expectations during the academic year in order to maintain the GTA position and its accompanying financial award.  The conditions are as follows:

  • Must be fully admitted to the program
  • Must sign FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) agreement and maintain student confidentiality at all times
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0, be in good standing
  • Maintain full-time enrollment, but not more than 4 classes each semester.
  • Maintain professional demeanor and attire
  • Show effort and due diligence in the development of lecture material, the preparation and grading of exams, student contacts, and all other related teaching assistant duties as designated by appropriate faculty members
  • Receive a formal and written evaluation by a supervising faculty member of performance during classroom observation   
  • Receive formal, end-of-semester evaluations by students using the Narrative Evaluation for Graduate Assistants
  • Meet SACS requirement 3.7.1 of “direct supervision by a faculty member” via numbers 7. & 8. above, from which a formal written evaluation by either the department chair or the graduate program director will be generated and provided.
  • Meet SACS requirement 3.7.1of “regular in-service training” by attending all mandatory programming scheduled by the Graduate School.

Graduate Assistantship

The Graduate Assistant (GA) duties involve assisting in/working on research projects with faculty members.  The GA will work in consultation with the Departmental Office Manager and under the direct supervision of graduate faculty and will be assigned to duties for about 10-15 hours per week in the department.  The GA will be paid at an hourly rate for their work.  The GA will receive stipend/tuition assistance for the semester and an hourly salary for the time worked.  Positions are filled from applications submitted to the MBA advisor.



1The availability of funding at the department/program level is variable depending on budget conditions in the state and at the university.  These opportunities are not guaranteed, though the MBA program has typically had at least one Graduate Teaching Assistant or Graduate Research Assistant position available on a competitive basis.



3.5 Student Loans


By far the most accessible form of funding for graduate students, subsidized and unsubsidized student loans are available from the One Stop Student Services office. Below are some tips to get you started.