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Funding Opportunities

Chatham provides several ways to help fund your graduate degree. The resources on this page will guide you through the various funding opportunities available to students.

Assistantships & Campus Employment

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships provide students with the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member, assist with teaching responsibilities, or participate in and organize departmental or campus projects. A limited number are available per term, and newly admitted graduate students will be given preference for these awards.

In addition to providing financial assistance, these positions offer students valuable hands-on experience, expanded learning opportunities, and professional skill development. 

Requirements

  • Apply for admission to a specific graduate program. Only students who have been admitted to a graduate program for full-time enrollment will be considered for a position.
  • Assistantships require a commitment of 10 hours per week of work during the academic year, while Fellowships require a 15 hour per week commitment.
  • Positions are initially awarded for one year, and may be renewed for a second year depending on academic and job performance. The maximum length of an award is two years, regardless of the length of the program in which the student is enrolled.
  • Students who decline a position automatically forfeit the award.
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment while holding an award position. If a student ceases to be enrolled full-time during a semester, the tuition remission will be removed from the account and the student will be responsible for any resulting balance owed.
  • A student who is awarded an Assistantship position may also hold an additional on-campus employment position, with total work hours not to exceed 19 per week.
  • Students in the Integrated Degree Program (IDP) are not eligible for an Assistantship or Fellowship award.
  • The priority deadline to submit an assistantship application is February 15, 2021 for most graduate programs. 
  • The priority deadline for assistantships for psychology graduate programs is March 15, 2021.
  • The priority deadline for assistantships for the Falk School programs is February 1, 2021.
  • Review of assistantship applications will continue after the deadlines above on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.  
  • Award recipients will be given a specific deadline by which they must accept the award. To accept, they must (1) submit a tuition deposit to confirm enrollment in their academic program, and (2) return a signed copy of an employment contract that is received with the award notification.

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Food Studies and dual degree Food Studies+MBA

Agroecology Assistant

The responsibilities of this position include 1) comparative research on the ecosystem services provided by different forms of urban to rural agriculture, 2) participatory research with community stakeholders designed to enhance the sustainability of agroecological systems, and 3) agroecological experiments at the Eden Hall campus. 

Eden Hall Projects Assistant

This position will help to integrate demonstration, research and education projects as an instrumental component of the overall Falk School curriculum and Eden Hall farm plan.  Tasks will include some farm and garden work in order to learn the basics of sustainable agriculture, and will include planning, record keeping, summary analysis and promotion on the status of various projects. 

Experiential Learning Assistant

This position will be responsible for assisting with building and refining course materials, especially for a series of integrated or thematic courses within the food studies curriculum.  Includes not only traditional classroom preparation but also organization of field trips, development of culinary workshops, care of livestock, and other hands-on activities for courses such as Meat, Chocolate, and Dairy.  

Community Projects Assistant

This position will support a variety of initiatives, proposed research and development of presentations focusing on human health and wellness as it applies to food access issues and the alternative food system. Includes participation in grant-writing; PowerPoint creation; and outlining and writing presentations and papers for publication.  Additionally, the position may aid in the organization and delivery of community-based health and wellness programs as needed and as time allows. 


Sustainability and dual degree Sustainability+MBA

Eden Hall K-12 Climate Educator & Project Support Assistant

This position will work with the K-12 Education Coordinator to design and implement events and courses that connect the Falk School to the local educational community. This includes the scheduling, planning, and execution of year-round programming, including but not limited to summer camps, school partnerships, site visits, open houses, academic challenges, Chatham student trainings, and apprenticeships. 

Sustainability Metrics Assistant

This position has primary responsibility for research, emissions audit data collection and recording for Chatham’s climate initiative and other sustainability reporting (including, but not limited to, AASHE STARS, and ISCN). The assistant will conduct research on sustainability initiatives and projects, including costs and funding opportunities; prepare reports, analysis and recommendations; assist the Sustainability Coordinator with program development and implementation, including but not limited to event organizing, presentations, publications, and community activities; provide assistance on shared programs with other departments and centers as applicable, including assistance to student organizations; and help support Climate Committee work. 

Internship Assistant

This position will work with the Falk School Internship Coordinator to help find and keep track of internships, interns and related paperwork; visit potential sites; and aid in evaluation of internship sites. 

Projects and Events Coordinator

This graduate assistant will assist in organizing speaker events and workshops for the Falk School of Sustainability, mostly at the Eden Hall campus. The assistant will also set up and maintain a database of student implemented projects within the school, which will include descriptive material and photographs to be used in publicizing the projects through web stories and display posters. 

Sustainability Engagement Researcher

This position will work with Dr. Macagno and Dr. DeLong to support research on employee engagement on sustainability with Highmark, which has agreed to a series of focus groups. 

 Forester - Professional Graduate Assistant

This Assistant will perform a variety of outdoor assignments, which allow the public to safely access and enjoy the Eden Hall woodlands. Duties include, but are not limited to, clearing downed trees from hiking trails and helping to remove invasive plant species; helping to promote the woodlands as an organizing focus for community development; planning and implementing community service projects and citizen engagement activities focused on trail improvement/enhancement; and developing citizen science programming to involve the community in collecting, analyzing, and making conclusions about woodlands data.

Ecological Research Assistant

The position will be primarily tasked with supporting research efforts in the ecological sciences conducted in the Falk School of Sustainability. Position obligations will involve a mix of tasks in the field, laboratory, and database management system. The position will involve some degree of flexibility and work may contribute to thesis research.  

Graduate Assistant

The Graduate Assistant for this position would be tasked with helping the main instructor in the preparation, instruction, and grading for BIO248LW: Ecology Lab.  Assist in supervising students during the scheduled class times for the assigned laboratory course.  Assist in grading the writing assignments for the students for the assigned writing-intensive laboratory course.

 

The following scholarships are available on a competitive basis to students applying to the Falk School graduate programs for full-time enrollment:

  • Three full scholarships, covering 42 credits of tuition (currently $41,454)
  • Six partial scholarships, covering 21 credits of tuition (currently $20,727)

Selection for these awards will be based on students' academic achievement and financial need.

Paul D. Coverdell Fellow Program for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV)

The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment is proud to participate in the Coverdell Fellows Program for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. FSSE will provide up to five (5) Coverdell Fellowships each year to RPCV who have been accepted to the Master of Sustainability, Master of Arts in Food Studies, or dual-degree MSUS+MBA and MAFS+MBA programs. Each Fellowship will be worth 25% of the cost of tuition and mandatory fees. For more information, please email FSSE Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions Patricia Golla.

AmeriCorps Discount

Chatham University offers a 20% tuition reduction grant to full-time students who have completed AmeriCorps service. To be eligible for this benefit, students must submit a signed verification form to the University, along with a copy of their AmeriCorps Certificate of Service, prior to their first term at Chatham. Chatham students who choose to use the Tuition Reduction Benefit Program are not eligible for other reduced tuition rates at the University.

Biology 

Graduate Assistant (multiple positions)

Graduate assistantships in the Department of Biology are assigned based on need within the department and appropriate skills from the applicant. Positions include teaching undergraduate introduction or general biology courses and/or associated laboratory sections. General duties include class prep, grading, tutoring, and exam review. This may also include administration of specific laboratory assignments, monitoring of safety during labs, and student support as needed. GAs may provide faculty and/or the department with administration support. GAs with independent laboratory skills (e.g. histology, cell culture, microscopy, live animal work) may support faculty research labs through independent experiments, laboratory maintenance, and  training of undergraduate students.

Lab Assistant - Professional Graduate Assistant (2 positions)

This position is responsible for delivering services and instruction related to introductory science labs for undergraduate majors. Working in close association with lab coordinators, the lab assistant will help with instruction and safety management of labs. The lab assistant will also provide office hours for students, grading support, and other services, as directed by lab coordinators.


Business

Promotions Coordinator

This position will work with the B&E team for Social Media management (WordPress, Facebook, LinkedIn, weekly newsletter, Moodle, Trello, bulletin boards). The job involves developing content; interviewing and following up with students, faculty, alumni, etc.; researching, formatting, editing, posting, and tracking progress; assisting with events, including the developing flyers, planning events, inviting attendees, promoting events to classmates, and attending event.

Chatham Physician Assistant & Allegheny Health Network Graduate Assistantship - Starting Spring 2022

This graduate assistant will serve as a point of contact for preceptors and students of Chatham's Physician Assistant program. The assistant will help with coordination of placements for PA students; assist with the creation of professional development opportunities for PA students, including educational seminars and mentorship programs; and maintain an inventory of program-wide reports and data. This graduate assistant will be selected from the pool of incoming MBA students.  

Business & Entrepreneurship Department Faculty Assistant

This position will focus on supporting the faculty in both research and teaching. Tasks may include data entry, data collection, data management, manuscript preparation and editing, and instructional materials building in the Moodle environment.  

Program Marketing Assistant - CWE

The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship provides opportunities for women to start, develop, and significantly grow their businesses. This position will have the opportunity to work with the Executive Director and Program Coordinator to develop and implement programs for women entrepreneurs and women in business in the greater Pittsburgh area. Working in the business community, coordinating and attending events, assisting with social media marketing and newsletters, and implementing new processes and programs are all a part of this exciting position.  


Communications 

Social Marketing Director

The position serves as managing director of a student-run strategic communication agency focusing specifically on social marketing (using traditional tools and techniques of advertising, public relations, and marketing in order to work for the social good). This involves coordinating the "staff" of graduate and undergraduate students; assigning tasks; assuring that the agency meets deadlines; interfacing with clients; and approving overall strategy for projects. This position is ideal for a graduate student currently working or planning to work in public relations, marketing, or in a communications position at a nonprofit organization. It requires excellent leadership, organization, and communication skills. 

GA - Communications Department

The position involves working with communication department faculty on ongoing research projects, including but not limited to: library research; interviewing and data collection; running focus groups; attending conferences and presenting academic work; and descriptive statistical analysis. While prior experience in qualitative or quantitative research is not necessary, it is certainly a plus. This role is particularly suited for those students interested in pursuing doctoral studies. 

Managing Editor, Online Publications

Best Practices in Strategic Communication is the online publication of Chatham University's Communication and Professional Writing Master's Programs. Publishing new content weekly, Best Practices offers tips for freelance and professional writers, advice for delivering presentations, social media strategy, and case studies in strategic communication. The managing editor is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial calendar; recruiting writing staff; editing pieces before they are published; and increasing readership through promotional efforts. This is an excellent opportunity for a student currently working as a professional writer, journalist, communication strategist, or copy editor, or for students aspiring to such a career. 

 


Creative Writing

Graduate Teaching Fellow

The individuals awarded with these positions will assist professors with undergraduate creative writing classes, teaching in the Words Without Walls program in the Allegheny County Jail, and possible work in the writing center. Competitive applicants for these positions will have experience providing instruction, particularly of creative writing, in the classroom or workshop environment. 

Teaching Assistantship 

This teaching assistant will work closely with the English faculty to help administer the introductory first year writing seminar for undergraduate students. Duties frequently include lecture assistance, class prep, grading, tutoring, and exam review.

Margaret Lehr Whitford MFA '07 Fellowship in Writing (1 position) - first consideration for students of color

This Fellowship carries a full-tuition remission for two years. The Whitford Fellow is responsible, with the Fellow from the previous year, for coordinating the Word Circus reading series – a monthly reading series which features four MFA students followed by an open mic. Additionally, this individual will serve as a liaison between the students and faculty. This award is designated for a student of color.

Global Focus Fellowship - Project Manager 

The Global Focus program designs, implements, and carries out year-long academic and social programming for the benefit of the entire Chatham community and the residents of the greater Pittsburgh area. Due to the very nature of international education, we also deal with the permanent necessity to establish partnerships and cooperation agreements with schools and other institutions throughout the region/country/world. Tasks of this position range from conducting research on the history, politics, economics, and cultures of the countries/regions of focus; to helping guarantee curricular integrity when we host high –ranking foreign dignitaries; recruiting foreign (Fulbright) scholars and coordinating their integration in local communities; researching the alternative profiles of potential speakers; developing travel itineraries; and designing and hosting major cultural events open to the public.  

Graduate Assistant - Newsletter

This position requires attendance at all virtual, on- and off-campus MFA events in order to provide content and imagery for the monthly and annual MFA newsletter. A competitive applicant will have experience with designing newsletters or similar materials and have experience with Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher or another design software. 


Education

Research Assistant in Special Education 

This position will provide support for research and creative activity of faculty and projects within the Special Education program. The role also requires research and assisting with grant proposals for the program and/or individual faculty members.

Research Assistant in Teaching 

This position will include providing support for research and creative activity of faculty or projects within the Master of Arts in Teaching program, as well as researching and assisting with grant proposals for the program or individual faculty members.


Film & Digital Technology

Graduate Assistant - Digital Video Specialist (2 positions)

This position will provide audio and video production services for the university, with the primary job responsibility being to record and edit events, lectures, and speakers on campus. The position may also take on more elaborate video productions for recruitment, publicity, or other university purposes. The production process involves not only shooting and editing, but also capturing, transferring, compressing, uploading and delivering videos to departments that make requests for such productions. The graduate assistant must also act as producer, and maintain communication with the requesting department as their client.


Interior Architecture

Graduate Teaching Fellowship (3 positions) 

We are looking for a motivated, self-starter with excellent interpersonal and listening skills who can work well independently and in groups.  As well, the candidate should be able to supervise and lead student groups; have strong outreach and presentation skills; and the ability to be creative (including the ability to develop new ideas and initiatives).  This GA role will have teaching assistant responsibilities and administrative/department responsibilities. 


General - Open to Students from Any Graduate Program

Graduate Assistant

The Department of Social Sciences is seeking an assistant to help with general department administration and support for department social media initiatives. Must have a strong work ethic, attention to detail, familiarity with a variety of social media platforms, and strong time management skills. The Department of Social Sciences includes the programs of Psychology, Political Science, History, International Studies, Modern Languages, Social Work and Criminology. 

Psychology/Counseling Psychology

Teaching Assistantship (multiple positions)

This position will assist a faculty member with a master’s psychology course. Responsibilities include co-developing a syllabus for the course that is consistent with program expectations; provide partial instruction in the classroom, including lecture and supervision of activities and role-plays in class; evaluation of student performance on assignments and activities; and assistance in assigning final grades. 

Student Success Coaches (multiple positions)

Success Coaches will interact with undergraduate students in one-on-one sessions and over phone/email to make sure they have the resources they need to succeed at Chatham, and to troubleshoot issues that might prevent their successful transition to and ability to stay in college. Coaches will develop ongoing relationships with the undergraduate students and effect real change in their lives, as well as gain significant experience through training, observing, and working with students. These positions are open to students in the MS Counseling Psychology program and Doctor of Psychology program. 

 

Coordinator, Psychology of Gender Research  

This position will serve as an administrative coordinator for the Psychology of Gender Research Team, which consists of graduate psychology faculty and student-volunteer research assistants. The research team conducts a number of research studies that are dedicated to better understanding the implications of gender in mental health and well-being of individuals and communities. Tasks may include participant recruitment, research design, data collection and analysis, and data presentation. The position may also help with fundraising efforts (grant writing) to develop continued gender and social research on campus and its application to the community. 

Graduate Teaching & Research Fellowship (2 positions)

Teaching and Research Assistants will assist faculty in the Doctor of Psychology, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and Master of Arts in Psychology programs. Responsibilities include teaching, research activities, and administrative tasks. Specifically, students will assist with course preparation/maintenance; assist professors during class time; provide students with feedback outside class time; and conduct literature reviews. 

Graduate Research Assistant - PCWP

This assistant will help support The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics in its data collection and research activities. With direction and supervision, this individual will assist in data collection and analysis, writing, and research related to women in politics and public policy in Pennsylvania. 

Graduate Teaching & Research Fellowship - PCWP

Teaching and Research Assistants will assist faculty in the Doctor of Psychology, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and Master of Arts in Psychology programs. Responsibilities include teaching, research activities, and administrative tasks. Specifically, students will assist with course preparation/maintenance; assist professors during class time; provide students with feedback outside class time; and conduct literature reviews.

 

The Shirley Mae Milkovich PA Expendable Award

The Shirley Mae Milkovich PA Expendable Award of $2,500.00 will be given to the Physician Assistant Program applicant who best demonstrates a commitment to diversity and cultural competence.  This award will be renewable for a second year.

Application Criteria:
Applicants will be selected using the following three factors: essay response, leadership, and community service. Overall GPA will not be factored into the award unless the top two candidates are rated equally in the award rubric scoring.

  • Applicants should provide a response to the following prompt:
    What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity and cultural competence? How have you previously demonstrated this commitment? (Complete this in 500 words or less, single spaced, 12-point Times New Roman)
  • List any leadership positions that you have held along with a brief description of each.
  • List any community service experiences that you have had along with a brief description of each.

Note: All information regarding leadership or community service will be verified against CASPA. Listing information in this application gives each student an opportunity to include new positions or experiences that they have had since the CASPA application was created.

How to apply:  Submit the above materials to PAProgram@chatham.edu by May 28, 2021.

The Office of Residence Life – Student Affairs expects to have several openings for our Graduate Resident Director (GRD) position for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. This position is great opportunity for a graduate student who is looking to work with students and make a difference on campus, while gaining some great transferable experiences.

All residence life staff members are called upon to focus on community engagement, staff supervision, resident empowerment, building management, crisis response, and event planning. As a GRD, you will be required to:

  • Complete eight office hours a week during the academic year
  • Supervise Resident Assistants and conduct weekly one-on-one supervision meetings with each of them
  • Participate in an on-call rotation (which is usually one night a week with rotating weekends and this includes holidays and University breaks)
  • Manage 1 to 2 residence halls or apartment complexes, which includes following up on facilities issues and submitting work orders
  • Be present and accessible in your living space on a regular basis and able to respond to emergencies as needed
  • Attend campus events and assist with the staffing and planning of large scale department activities
  • Facilitate weekly staff meetings and participate in bi-weekly team meetings and month division meetings
  • Oversee the development and implementation of community programming
  • Work on projects as necessary to the functioning of the office

GRDs receive the following compensation for their work each semester (only during the Fall and Spring semesters):

  • Housing (on-campus)
  • Chatham Meal Plan
  • Financial Stipend

Interested applicants should complete an online application.

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Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled, but priority consideration will be given to those applicants who apply by March 8th.

Please email GRD Search Chair, Simmone Bell, Assistant Director of Residence Life & Student Engagement if you have questions or would like additional information about the GRD position.

Gate House Graduate Assistant Coordinator Opportunity for 2021-2022

A team of two Gate House Assistant Coordinators serve as part-time professional staff members of the Gate House at Chatham University, a department of Chatham University Facilities.   The Assistant Coordinators work closely with one another and with the Gate House Coordinator as assistant supervisors to all Gate House operations.  The Gate House is the University’s visitor’s center located at the entrance of Chatham University on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Woodland Road.  The Gate House offers overnight accommodations and event space for the Chatham community. In addition, the staff of the Gate House also acts as the switchboard operator and takes general calls to Chatham 24 hours a day.  The Assistant Coordinators cannot hold any form of additional employment and must actively support the University community: its mission, goals, policies, and regulations.   Chatham University is currently looking to hire one Graduate Assistant Coordinator for the 2021-2022 academic year.


Application Process

To apply, please submit a cover letter detailing why you are interested in obtaining this position, a resume, and three letters of recommendation to Samantha Smith, Gate House Manager, Gate House, Woodland Road, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.  Application materials can also be emailed to s.smith@chatham.edu.  Applicants submitting materials by April 10, 2021 will receive priority consideration.  Selected candidates will participate in interviews through April 24.  The position start date is Monday, June 1, 2021 and ends May 31, 2022.


General Responsibilities of the Assistant Coordinator Position

  • Management of daily administrative operations of the Gate House including making room reservations, collecting room payments, tracking key distribution and return, preparing information packets and resources for guestrooms, answering switchboard calls, replying to Gate House email, forwarding guest confirmations via email, and other duties as prescribed by the house.
  • Supervising and training student employees assigned to the Gate House. This includes interviewing potential employees, attending staff meetings, assisting with employee evaluations, and taking telephone calls from staff members during their shifts.
  • Managing events taking place at the Gate House. This includes requesting meeting area reservations, gathering details about particular events, and ensuring other departments complete their event requests in a timely manner. (Catering, IT set-up, special events set-up)
  • Maintaining five guestrooms including preparing rooms for check-in, laundering linens, turning rooms after departure, re-stocking incidentals, and ensuring work orders are placed when necessary.
  • Maintaining an inventory of all house supplies including grocery trips for the Gate House necessities, linen inventory, implementing and maintaining a linen organization plan, and submitting breakfast orders to Parkhurst Food Services after completing weekly inventory.
  • Participate in an on-call schedule with respective Assistant Coordinator during the evening and night hours.
  • Responsible for arranging night shift coverage when the scheduled employee is unable to report to work. This may mean personally covering the shift.
  • The Gate House Assistant Coordinator is expected to work 20 hours per week. The shifts fluctuate based on the needs of the house and the course schedule of the chosen applicant.  Evenings and weekends are commonly required. 
  • The Assistant Coordinator is expected to work more than 20 hours per week during the periods when the student staff is unavailable to work. Some examples of these periods are Long Weekend in October, Thanksgiving Break in November, and the Holiday Break which takes place during most of December. 
  • Accepting responsibility of other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Full-time Graduate Student status required, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Graduate program must reasonably allow for a 20-hour work week.
  • Weekend and evening work required with an occasional night shift (11 p.m. - 7 a.m.) possible.
  • Maturity, strong interpersonal skills, solid time management skills, a high degree of organization and attention to detail, excellent communication skills and the ability to respond with sensitivity and diplomacy to guest concerns.
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA throughout employment period.

Compensation

  • On-campus apartment within residential area with utilities, to be shared with respective Assistant Coordinator.
  • Full on-campus meal plan throughout term of employment.
  • Living stipend of $8,000 for employment term June 1, 2021- May 31, 2022, to be paid monthly.

On-Campus Employment

Chatham offers a limited number of paid graduate Student Employment positions in various academic and administrative departments across campus. These positions are paid hourly, and individuals may hold both an assistantship and a campus work position, up to 19 hours per week. 

Positions are posted on HandshakeCareer Development's online database of employment opportunities—before the beginning of the academic year. Roles include but are not limited to:

Academic Affairs

  • Teaching Assistant, Anatomy Lab
  • Graduate Writing Mentors
  • Farm Outreach and Education Associate

Athletics/Athletic Fitness Center

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Announcer
  • Graphics Coordinator and Videographer

Enrollment Management

  • Graduate Admissions Front Desk Assistant
  • Graduate Financial Aid Associate
  • Graduate Ambassador

Finance and Administration

  • Communications Assistant
  • Sustainability Metrics Assistant

Marketing & Communications

  • Video Production Graduate Associate
  • Writing Work-Study
  • Design & Video Communications Graduate Assistant

Student Affairs

  • Graduate Associate, International Programs and Services
  • Graduate Associate for Community Service
  • Health & Counseling Graduate Associate

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Other Funding Opportunities

Corporate Partner Discounts

Chatham University offers a 20% tuition reduction grant for full-time employees and members of professional organizations that are enrolling in a degree-seeking program at the University, whose organization or employer is a member of the University's Corporate & Strategic Partner Program listed below.

To be eligible for this benefit, students must first be accepted to their program of interest and submit their deposit. Once this is complete, students must submit an electronic membership/employment verification form to the University prior to their first term at Chatham. This electronic form for membership/employment verification is required for each term enrolled, and must be submitted prior to the add/drop period as listed in the catalog.  

Once deposited, students may access and complete the form.

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Chatham students who choose to use the Tuition Reduction Benefit Program are not eligible for other reduced tuition rates at the University.  

This discount does not apply to the following programs: This discount does not apply to graduate-to-graduate programs.

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NOTE: to be eligible for this benefit, your organization must have completed the Corporate & Strategic Partner Program - Tuition Reduction Benefit program form. If your company or membership organization name does not appear on this list, they have not yet done so.

FINANCIAL AID RESOURCE NOTE: By receiving the 20% reduction students will not be eligible for any other reduced tuition rates offered by the University. Additionally, if a student already receives a reduced tuition rate, which includes all Graduate Chatham Aid, they will not be eligible for the Corporate & Strategic Partner Tuition Reduction Benefit Program. As required by federal guidelines, the 20% tuition reduction must be counted as a financial aid resource for students receiving financial aid assistance. Some limitations may apply by program.

Please contact Chatham Admissions at 412-365-1825 with any questions

Alumni Discounts

Chatham University is pleased to offer Chatham alumni holding an undergraduate degree from Chatham University a special 20% tuition reduction benefit for most graduate programs at Chatham University.

Details

By receiving the 20% reduction students will not be eligible for any other reduced tuition rates offered by the University. Additionally, if a student already receives a reduced tuition rate, which includes all Graduate Chatham Aid, they will not be eligible for the alumni discount program benefit. As required by federal guidelines, the 20% tuition reduction must be counted as a financial aid resource for students receiving financial aid assistance. 

Military & Veterans

Chatham is pleased to participate in both the Yellow Ribbon program for Veterans and Department of Defense (DoD) Tuition Assistance (TA) program for active Service members. See below for more details and how to apply.

A provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) provides matching funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs as a supplement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. The Post-9/11 GI Bill covers tuition and fees not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition & fees at a public Institution of Higher Learning. The Yellow Ribbon Program covers tuition and mandatory fees and does not include room and board or books and supplies which are provided for separately under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. 

Individuals may be eligible if they:

  • Served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • Were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • Are dependents eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

There is no minimum number of credit hours required for participation and awards will continue in subsequent years in which the student maintains satisfactory progress, conduct, and attendance.

If eligible, students should apply for Benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill with the Department of Veterans Affairs upon acceptance. Please forward your Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of the Registrar to be considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website for additional information.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

Chatham University directs Service members to speak with their Educational Services Office (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service prior to enrolling. Eligible active duty Service members can receive tuition assistance (TA) funds. 

The Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of a Soldier's professional and personal self-development goals. TA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning and is part of an approved academic degree or certificate program. The courses must be offered by schools that are registered in GoArmyEd, are accredited by accrediting agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and are signatories to the current Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DOD MOU).

In general, eligible active duty Service members can receive TA at a rate of $250 per semester hour cap with an annual ceiling of $4,500. The Services are authorized to establish Service specific eligibility criteria to manage TA funds. For Service specific TA policies and procedures, Service members are encouraged to contact their Education Service Officer (ESO).  

For more information: 

Airforce TA: http://www.afpc.af.mil/Benefits-and-Entitlements/Military-Tuition-Assistance-Program/

Army TA: https://www.armyignited.com/app/

Army National Guard TA: https://www.nationalguard.com/education-programs/federal-tuition-assistance

Coast Guard TA: https://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/ETQC/Voluntary-Education/Active-Duty/

Marine Corps TA: https://usmc-mccs.org/articles/how-do-i-apply-for-tuition-assistance/

Navy TA: https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/sailors/tuition-assistance-ncpace.htm


Tuition Assistance Refund Policy: 

Until a student has passed the 60% point of a payment period, only a portion of the student's tuition assistance has been earned. A student who remains enrolled beyond the 60% point is considered to have earned all awarded aid for the payment period. Please note students who are enrolled in modules, or courses which do not span the entire length of a semester, would also be included in this calculation. 

Students withdrawing from classes are responsible for payment of any balance due after the required return of Tuition Assistance funds.

Earned aid is not related in any way to institutional charges. In addition, the University's institutional refund policy and Return of Tuition Assistance refund policy are independent of one another. A student who withdraws from a course or courses may be required to return unearned TA funds and still owe the university for the course or courses. For more information on Chatham University's withdrawal and institutional charges' policies, please consult the catalog.

Students who stop attending all classes without officially withdrawing will be subject to a return of TA funds at the end of the semester based on the withdrawal date/last documented date of attendance as determined by Chatham University.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Chatham recognizes that life learning may provide a knowledge base equivalent to college-level learning outcomes. And we believe that knowledge should be rewarded with an opportunity to work toward a degree faster and at a reduced cost.

Chatham's Prior Learning Assessment program grants degree-seeking students the ability to be awarded academic credit for prior learning knowledge gained in advance of matriculating at Chatham. Knowledge gained from employment, job training, independent study, open courseware, volunteer and civic duties, military service and travel are just some examples that may prepare a student to earn credit through our Prior Learning Assessment program.


Benefits of Using the PLA Program

  • Accelerate Degree Completion: Using PLA can lessen course overloads and potentially allow students to take advanced courses sooner.
  • Save money: Fees for credits earned through PLA are charged at a significantly reduced rate relative to Chatham University's undergraduate tuition rate and/or graduate per credit rate. Students can use PLA for up to 50% of their program credit requirement.
  • Satisfy pre-requisites, general education requirements, or elective credits: Prior Learning often develops knowledge that aren't included on a student's transcripts. Using PLA can help students evidence their course-specific knowledge for pre-requisites, general education requirements, or electives that allows them to then focus their time and effort on subsequent program courses.

Who Can Benefit from the PLA Program

  • Undergraduate Students: Transfer students, Gateway/Adult Learners (students starting Chatham at 23 years of age or older), Military/Veterans, and traditional undergraduate students
  • Graduate Students: Traditional graduate students, Military/Veterans

Ways to Earn Prior Learning Assessment Credits

  1. Portfolio Development: Based on course-specific learning outcomes, students assemble a portfolio that consists of a written narrative along with supporting documentation that demonstrates a student's proficiency in the course learning outcomes.
  2. Credit-by-Exam: A student may earn credit for a course by meeting established guidelines on standardized or challenge exams as approved by program or department per department approval.

How to Begin the PLA Process

After you have contacted your admissions representative, please use the Prior Learning Assessment Contract (also located at myChatham) to determine and continue with next steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many credits can be earned through PLA?

Undergraduate degree-seeking students may earn up to 60 credits through the PLA Program. For example, undergraduate students may earn 50% of their program credits through PLA. The remaining 50% must be completed through courses at Chatham. As many as 6 credits earned through the portfolio development program may count towards Chatham University's residency requirement.

Graduate degree-seeking students in eligible programs may earn a maximum of 20% of their program requirements through PLA and transfer courses.

  • What courses are eligible for PLA?

This answer varies based on your major or program requirements, credits transferred or recognized from other institutions and other PLA credits (e.g. CLEP exams, Challenge exams) that you have applied towards your requirements. PLA credit may not be granted for PED courses (Physical Education) or SDE (Student Development) courses.

  • How much does PLA cost?

Fees for credits earned through PLA are charged at a significantly reduced rate relative to Chatham University's per-credit tuition rates. Undergraduate: For the portfolio review option, the PLA rate is $83 per credit assessed* ($249 per 3-credit course). For the credit by exam option, fees for CLEP and DSST exams are $85 per exam plus an administration fee of approximately $20.

Military Service members may be eligible for free exams. Eligibility information can be found at the DANTES site here.

Graduate: For the Prior Learning Assessment the charge is 20% of the per credit tuition rate. For the credit by exam the charge is 10% of the per credit tuition rate.

Both options represent significant cost savings for your education, with fees sometimes less than the cost of books and materials for a typical course.

*The PLA fee per credit assessed is not eligible for federal or state financial aid; however, as a Gateway student, a no interest, no application fee payment plan is available.