1. Are there any CSD Scholarships Available?
Yes. The Communication Sciences & Disorders Graduate Program is able to provide some Graduate Students with merit scholarships. When you apply to the Baylor Program, you are automatically considered for the scholarships. You do not have to do anything additional to be considered. The scholarships are awarded based on merit, and primarily based on the Overall GPA, the GPA in the major, and the GRE scores. The higher those scores are, the more likely one is to receive a scholarship.
2. When are the Scholarships offered?
There are three rounds of scholarships that occur at different times. All scholarships are offered on a merit basis.
3. Do I need to do anything to be considered for a scholarship?
No. You are automatically considered for merit scholarships when you apply for the program.
4. Are there any Graduate Assistantship positions available?
Yes. Graduate Assistantship positions are also offered on a merit basis. The GA positions are typically offered during the first two weeks of the Fall and Spring Semesters. The GA positions could be a Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Clinical Assistant, or a combination depending on the need of the faculty. These are very prestigious positions where the Graduate student gets to work very closely with the Faculty for 10 hours/week and they are paid a very good hourly rate.
5. Are their some other costs I should consider?
When you are thinking about finances, it is important to consider the length of time in the program. Our program is 4 semesters and is much shorter than most programs. Our students are out making money and starting their careers while many of their friends from other programs are still taking classes. The longer the program, the more it will cost you just to pay your living expenses, and the later it will be before you are making an income. It is also important to consider the cost of living in the city you choose.
6. How do I apply for need based assistance?
Baylor has an excellent Student Financial Aid office that will help you determine other forms of financial assistance. The website Baylor Financial Aid website has extensive information about the process of obtaining need based assistance. In general, Graduate Students are not as tied to their parents' income as they were in the undergraduate program. Once you have committed to coming to Baylor and turned in the response form, the counselors will be happy to help you with the process.
7. Is the decision where I go to Graduate School important?
Yes. It is important to understand that the decision about what Graduate Program you attend may be one of the most important decisions in your life (often top 5!). It will play a very important role in defining your future professional career. It is important to consider all aspects of the programs that are being considered in order to find the best match.