Financial Assistance

The school has a limited number of paid graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs), working 20 hours per week during the Spring and Fall semesters. Stipends are $7500 for the year, paid out biweekly during the Spring and Fall semesters.

For students holding .5 appointments, tuition is waived and the department pays 75% of the health insurance premiums for the Spring and Fall semesters. Health insurance is provided by UnitedHealth Care (Get more insurance information). Students are responsible for their own tuition during the summer semester if they wish to take classes, as well as the full amount of health insurance. Students will need to go to Edwards 103 every semester to renew their policy.

GTAs perform various tasks from teaching undergraduate labs in skills classes to assisting professors with grading. Preference is given to applicants with academic and/or professional media experience. All GTAs must be enrolled in at least 6 hours during the Spring and Fall semesters.

To apply, make note in your applicationís statement of purpose and submit work samples. Applications for assistantships are due February 1.

Graduate students with good research, writing, editing and web skills are in demand across the university, and professors and units across campus occasionally hire our graduate students to work as research assistants (GRAs). GRAs who are employed at the requisite .5 FTE level are eligible for in-state tuition and health insurance discounts.

A number of scholarships are also available from the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC scholarship information.) and the University (K-State Financial Aid Office). Applications are due February 1.


Application for assistantship is by letter, with resume and samples of professional work, addressed to:

  • Dr. Nancy Muturi
    Associate Director for Graduate Studies and Research
    A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications
    Kansas State University
    105 Kedzie Hall
    Manhattan, Kansas 66506-1501