Assistantships and Financial Aid

Appalachian State University light pole banner in front of fall leavesThe program, department, and university offer several different resources to help students finance their graduate education. Read below for information about graduate assistantships, scholarships, and loans.

Graduate Assistantships

LES Department Assistantships

  • Students interested in graduate assistantships in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies (home department) should note their online application interest. Once the application has been processed, and the student has confirmed acceptance of admission, an email with an attached resume should be submitted to Lori Dean ( The priority deadline for fall terms is April 1, but applications are accepted until all positions are filled. A limited number of graduate assistantships are also available for summer terms; the summer terms' deadline is April 15 or until the positions are filled.

Division of Student Development Assistantships

  • The Division of Student Development runs its own process for graduate assistantships. In addition to a stipend, students also receive a scholarship that covers in-state tuition. Applications need to be completed in January to be considered for the February interviews. Read more here.

Other Assistantships at App State

  • Assistantships are available throughout the university. New positions are posted as they become open.


The Higher Education Program is fortunate to have two endowed scholarship funds to provide our students financial awards. Returning and incoming students are eligible for consideration for these scholarships (which are only awarded in the fall semester). For new incoming students to be considered, they must apply for admission by the Higher Education Program's priority deadline. Application information for current students and eligible program applicants will be sent out in the spring semester. 

Federal Loans

For information about federal student loans, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

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