Financial support for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Wake Forest University is available through institutional and federal sources. Applicants are encouraged to explore all avenues available to them for financial support.
Tuition for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Reynolda campus, forms the cost basis for the Liberal Studies Program and is set at standard rates for each academic year. The forms of institutional financial support described below are presented as percentages of tuition so that they can adjust with a student’s level of enrollment.
Rates noted above are for tuition expenses only. Costs for books and other learning materials and fees and living expenses for full-time students are not included. For an estimate of these expenses, see the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Institutional Financial Support
Because the Liberal Studies Program at Wake Forest University is highly selective and intentionally small, we offer generous institutional financial support. Institutional financial support is awarded on a rolling basis, so early application is highly encouraged.
Students who receive substantial tuition assistance from an employer, scholarship or other institutional source will be considered based only on any funds remaining after applications from unsupported students are considered. Applicants who will receive financial support from an employer or other institutional source should notify the Admissions Committee by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liberal Studies Scholarship: 25% of tuition
As of the spring 2012 semester, all admitted students (joint degree students see below) who are not receiving significant financial support from an employer or other institutional source will receive the Liberal Studies Scholarship, which is equal to 25% of the cost of tuition (i.e. approx. $4,026/semester for full-time students; approx. $287/credit hour for part-time students, based on 2011-2012 rates).
Pro Humanitate Scholarship
In addition to the Liberal Studies Scholarship (25% of tuition), a small number of select applicants will be awarded a Pro Humanitate Scholarship. Named in honor of Wake Forest University’s motto, Pro Humanitate (“in service to humanity”), this scholarship is awarded based upon available funding and student merit. Like the Liberal Studies Scholarship, it is awarded as a percentage of tuition (typically an additional 5% to 15%).
Depending upon available resources, a small number (1-3) of research assistantships may be available. Research assistants conduct guided research under the direction of a faculty member or members from the core academic departments: Communication, English, History, and Political Science. Though responsibilities and awards vary, a typical assistantship requires approximately 8-10 hours of work per week during one academic year. Research assistants earn an additional scholarship of 10-25% of tuition, which when paired with the Liberal Studies Scholarship provides total institutional financial support of 35-50%. Assistantships are typically awarded to full-time students only.
All scholarships are awarded for a 1-year period for fall enrollees and for 1 semester for spring enrollees. Scholarship renewal depends upon available funds in subsequent years. In order to receive scholarship funding, students must remain in good academic standing according to the guidelines outlined in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Bulletin. Institutional financial assistance typically is not available for summer courses (which have reduced tuition).
Federal Financial Support
For degree-seeking students, financial support also is available in the form of ordinary student loans under terms generally available to all graduate students (described here). The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for students seeking federal financial aid. For information concerning federal financial aid, please see http://www.wfu.edu/finaid/grad_apply.html. Federal financial aid is only available to persons in a degree-seeking program.
Wake Forest University And Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Employees
Wake Forest employees and their spouses/domestic partners are encouraged to contact their respective Human Resources Departments to determine eligibility for the tuition concession benefit.
Wake Forest University – http://www.wfu.edu/hr/benefits/tuition.html
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center – http://infinet.wfubmc.edu/depts/wfusm_hr/benefits.html