Funding Opportunities

Applying to Be a GTA

Students interested in applying for a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant should fill out the GTA Application form. Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final applicants.

In any given year, approximately 15 graduate students in the Department are awarded Graduate Teaching Assistantships. The positions may be awarded to incoming students for two years (M.A.) or three years (M.F.A.) and to continuing students for one year (M.A.) or two years (M.F.A.). These positions pay a monthly stipend and cover resident or non resident tuition for first-year GTAs and resident tuition for second and third-year GTAs. (It is assumed that first-year graduate students who are awarded GTA positions will establish Colorado residency by the beginning of their second year in the program.) Students awarded GTAs serve as instructors in lower-division composition courses. Graduate Teaching Assistants must take a minimum course load of nine credits each semester.

For program deadlines, GTA applicants should refer to the Graduate Study Application Process page. The Department strongly recommends that students discuss the application process with the Graduate Program Administrative Assistant. If possible, we also recommend that students talk with faculty advisors about the application process.

For students already enrolled in the program, an orientation session about applying for a GTA position is usually conducted in November.

Applying to Be a Writing Center Consultant

Writing consultants work in the CSU Writing Center with student and community writers through 30-minute online or face-to-face writing sessions. Shifts usually include 8-12 hours weekly. Extensive training provided. Contact Dr. Tobi Jacobi for more information about available positions at

Graduate Student Financial Assistance

The English Department offers a variety of assistantships on a competitive basis. The GTA application deadline for the M.F.A. program is January 1 and the GTA application deadline for any of our M.A. programs is January 15; these applications are considered after the respective deadlines for positions beginning in the following fall. Application forms are available as a PDF.

GTAs are chosen on the basis of GPA, letters of reference from former teachers or employers, and writing ability. In addition to a 20-hour-a-week obligation, all GTAs are required by the Department to carry 9 credits each semester. All assistantship positions provide a modest monthly stipend and tuition (in-state or out-of-state for the first year, in-state equivalent after the first year).


The University offers a limited number of fellowships for new and continuing students. These competitive fellowships may be applied to tuition, fees, or other direct expenses, and typically do not require any service on the part of the student. The Graduate School also has access to a national database that locates funding in your area of study.


Visit our scholarship page for Department scholarships for current graduate students, and information about scholarships offered through the College of Liberal Arts. You can also visit Colorado State’s Student Financial Services for scholarship information.


Colorado State University Student Financial Services Office will work with you to obtain loans. Applications should be received by March 1 of the year you wish to attend school to maximize your chances of receiving funding. Contact the Colorado State University Student Financial Services Office at 970-491-6321. Financial assistance is not available for non-U.S. citizens.

Student Employment

The Student Services Office provides lists for full-time and part-time positions on or off campus. For more information, visit or contact the office at 970-491-5714.