Financial Aid

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers graduate students a number of different ways to help pay for their education.

In addition to the opportunities listed below, research graduate faculty who receive extramural funding to support their research may have funds available to support graduate students. Graduate students should consult with their thesis advisors to determine if such funding is available. 

International students are eligible for all awards unless research funding specifically requires U.S. citizenship. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for information on loans and other possible aid opportunities.

Tuition Scholarships

Graduate Tuition Scholarships for full‐time graduate students entering a graduate program at ACPHS are available for highly qualified applicants. All prospective students applying to a graduate program at ACPHS are automatically considered for Graduate Tuition Scholarships when they submit their applications for admission.

Applicants are reviewed by the respective Graduate Program Admissions Committees and scored based on prior academic achievement and promise of outstanding academic and professional contribution to the graduate programs at ACPHS. Specific items that are included in this evaluation include:

  • Undergraduate grade‐point average (GPA)
  • Evidence of ability in research
  • Academic transcripts
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Personal history statement
  • Interactions during admissions interview
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Publications and awards

The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies reviews all applications and committee assessments and makes the final decision for the awards. The School of Graduate Studies makes every effort to notify new graduate students of Tuition Scholarship Awards on or before April 1 prior to the entering fall semester. Current students will be notified of continuing awards by May 30 prior to the following fall semester.

New graduate students who are offered Tuition Scholarships must indicate acceptance of the award by completing and submitting the Tuition Scholarship Acceptance form along with an enrollment deposit and the Enrollment Confirmation Form no later than 30 days after receipt of the offer.

Continuing graduate students receiving awards must complete and submit the Tuition Scholarship Acceptance form to the School of Graduate Studies no later than 30 days after receipt of the continuing offer. Tuition scholarships are awarded for one year.

Tuition scholarship recipients must enroll in a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours (full‐time status) in each of the fall and spring semesters. Continuation of the award is contingent upon the student maintaining a GPA in graduate coursework of 3.3 or higher and making satisfactory progress in his/her thesis research project. Tuition scholarship awards are applied to the student’s tuition bill.

Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) help to support students as they work toward their academic degrees. Full‐time graduate students who have completed at least one academic semester in a thesis‐bearing graduate program and who are in good academic
standing are eligible to apply for the GRA.

Students receiving financial support for their research efforts from other sponsoring agencies or those receiving a School of Graduate Studies-sponsored Teaching Assistantship are not eligible for a GRA. Students may, however, simultaneously receive a tuition scholarship and a GRA award.

Students receiving a GRA are required to work on their research projects as a condition of the assistantship for a minimum of 10 hours and not more than 20 hours per week during the academic semester in which the award is made. Graduate students receiving the GRA must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion to maintain the award and to maintain eligibility for continued funding in subsequent semesters.

Graduate assistantships are awarded for one academic semester at a time, and may be renewed for up to three total academic semesters. Renewal of an assistantship award is dependent on availability of funds and assessment of student academic performance and progress in research.

Students, in consultation with their thesis advisors, may submit applications to receive these awards. Applications are submitted to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and must include a cover letter from the student requesting the award. The student should briefly describe their thesis project and their reasons for applying for the award. Students previously receiving awards must also submit a research progress report. The application must also include a current, completed and signed Program of Study, with an updated timeline for the thesis project with expected date of project completion, and a letter of support from the Thesis advisor.

Applications are reviewed by the Dean of Graduate Studies and decisions on the awards are made in consultation with Program Directors. Deadlines for submitting applications for the awards will be announced by the School of Graduate Studies, typically in a month prior to the academic semester in which the award is made. Students are paid on an hourly basis.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) are available for qualified graduate students. Graduate teaching assistants serve under the direction of a faculty member in a didactic course, workshop, or laboratory.

The duties of a graduate teaching assistant typically include:

  • Preparing and/or delivering lectures in a didactic course, laboratory, or workshop
  • Preparing laboratory experiments and/or supervising students in a laboratory
  • Preparing and grading tests, quizzes, or other assignments and/or holding office hours or student conferences

Full‐time graduate students who have completed at least one academic semester in good academic standing are eligible to apply for a GTA. Students receiving financial support from a sponsoring agency or those receiving a School of Graduate Studies-sponsored Graduate Research Assistantship are not eligible for a GTA. Students may, however, simultaneously receive a tuition scholarship and a GTA award.

Students receiving a GTA are required to work for a minimum of 10 hours and not more than 20 hours per week during the academic semester in which the award is made. Graduate students receiving the GTA must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion to maintain the award and to maintain eligibility for continued funding in subsequent semesters.

Graduate assistantships are awarded for one academic semester at a time, and may be renewed for up to three total academic semesters. Renewal of an assistantship award is dependent on availability of funds and assessment of student academic performance and effectiveness in the teaching position.

Graduate students requesting an assistantship must complete an application and submit the application to the School of Graduate Studies. The application includes a C.V., a personal statement emphasizing qualifications for the position and the reasons for applying for the assistantship, and a statement of personal goals as they relate to position and the graduate program. At least one letter of recommendation must also be submitted. Eligible students must have satisfactory English proficiency consistent with the job responsibilities. This may be demonstrated in an interview and through assessment of the TOEFL or IELTS score.

Applications are reviewed by the Dean of Graduate Studies and decisions on the awards are made in consultation with Program Directors and Faculty serving as supervisors. Deadlines for submitting applications for GTAs will be announced by the School of Graduate Studies, typically in 1‐2 months prior to the academic semester in which the award is made. Students are paid on an hourly basis.

Graduate Student Research Supplies Awards

Full‐time, first-year graduate students enrolled in the Master of Science programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Molecular Biosciences, or Health Outcomes Research programs who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply for a Research Supplies Award.

The student’s thesis proposal, including a budget must be completed, defended, and approved by the student’s thesis committee by the application deadline. Deadlines for submitting applications for the awards will be announced by the School of Graduate Studies, typically in late April or early May, prior to the first summer session.

Graduate students working with Faculty who already receive funding from the College are not eligible to apply to the program. Eligible graduate students may apply for awards up to $5,000 to purchase supplies only. Funds may not be used to purchase equipment, computers, or software.