PACS is committed to enrolling motivated, talented students from diverse backgrounds. Historically, we have been able to provide financial assistance to 100% of our graduate students for all years of study through a variety of support mechanisms, and for the 2022-23 Academic Year alone we awarded over $1.3 million in financial support to our students. More information on these opportunities and our commitment to student funding is below.

For more information on tuition, funding, or any opportunity listed below, please email pacs@wustl.edu.

Tuition Guarantee

Tuition Guarantee

Tuition rates for AuD and MSDE students are frozen at the time of enrollment and will not increase, assuming continuous full-time enrollment in the degree program. PhD funding is offered at the time of admission.

Scholarships

PACS Merit Scholarships

All applicants are considered for PACS Merit Scholarships during the admissions process. No separate application is required and students are notified of scholarships awarded at the time an admission offer is made. These scholarships are guaranteed for all years of study.

  • AuD scholarships reduce tuition by 30-50%
  • MSDE scholarships reduce tuition by 50-100%
  • PhD scholarships reduce tuition by 80-100%
Scholars in PACS

Scholars in PACS awards recognize AuD students who have demonstrated exceptional academic and clinical potential and provide an opportunity for a mentoring relationship between the donor and student recipient. No application is required; all eligible students are considered annually. Three to five awards of $3000-5000 are generally made each year.

Annual Fund Scholarship

PACS Annual Fund Scholarships provide financial support to talented AuD, MSDE, and PhD students and are made possible by annual donor gifts. No application is required; all eligible students are considered annually. Two to four awards of $1000-2000 are generally granted each year.

Helen Hoerr Kurtz Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Helen Hoerr Kurtz, a 1943 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, to support talented AuD, MSDE, and PhD students. No application is required; all eligible students are considered annually. Three awards of $1000 are generally granted each year.

Named Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Named Endowed Scholarship Fund provides graduate students (AuD, MSDE, or PhD) with annual scholarship support. No application is required; all eligible students are considered annually. Up to $16,000 in total funding is generally available each year.

Jane McPheeters Cook Endowed Scholarship

The Jane McPheeters Cook Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of alumna Jane McPheeters Cook, a 1939 graduate of the B.A. in Deaf Education program and 1944 graduate of the M.S. in Deaf Education program at Washington University. The scholarship provides students studying deaf education (MSDE or PhD) with annual tuition support. No application is required; all eligible students are considered annually. Up to $30,000 in total funding is generally available each year.

Max A. Goldstein Award

The Max A. Goldstein Award honors the founder of Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) and is presented annually to the graduating student who best demonstrates a special combination of outstanding academic achievement and professional promise. It is the highest honor awarded to a graduate student in PACS. No application is required; all eligible students are considered annually. One award of $1000 is available each year.

Antoinette Frances Dames Award

The Antoinette Frances Dames Award is presented annually to one or more graduating MSDE students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in teaching children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This award is made possible through a generous endowment at Washington University in St. Louis. No application is required; all eligible students are considered annually. One award of $3000 is available each year.

Training Grant Funding

Deaf Education Scholarships (U.S. Department of Education)

MSDE students admitted into the program receive funding that covers 100% of tuition costs in the first year of study and a minimum of 50% of tuition costs in their second year. This opportunity is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education (CFDA 84.325K) and a service obligation may be required. No application is required; all eligible students are considered at the time of application.

Pediatric Audiology Scholarships (U.S. Department of Education)

AuD students admitted into the Pediatric Audiology Elective receive a one-time award of $6000.  This opportunity is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education (CFDA 84.325K) and a service obligation may be required. Eligible students are notified and may apply for this opportunity near the end of the fall semester of their first year.

Other Opportunities

Graduate Student Assistantships (GSA)

GSA positions are available to enrolled AuD students. Assignments are made on a semester basis (fall, spring, summer), with the total time commitment ranging from 30-50 hours per semester. Funding ranges from $1600-3200 per semester. Eligible students are notified and may apply for this opportunity near the end of the fall semester of their first and second years of study. (Additional TA opportunities may also be available in other university departments.)

Stipends

PhD students are supported by an annual stipend to defray living expenses. Stipend amounts are generally aligned with published NIH NRSA stipend levels and may be funded by PACS or grant funding. No application is required and students are notified of stipend details at the time an admission offer is made.

Summer Research Training Award

Students in the AuD program may apply for an intensive, short-term summer research program in one of the basic or applied research labs at Washington University. This is an excellent opportunity for AuD students to obtain significant exposure to research in an active laboratory conducting research related to audiology, and may be of particular interest to students who are considering pursuing a PhD. Students selected for this opportunity spend two months working full-time (June, July) with a faculty researcher and receive a $1500 stipend per month.

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

A limited number of part-time FWS positions are available each year to AuD and MSDE students. These positions generally work in a clerical, clinical, or research position in PACS, with pay being made on an hourly basis. Eligible students will be invited to apply each year.

Part-time employment

In addition to FWS positions, a number of part-time, paid positions are generally available on campus. Students are notified of opportunities as they are announced and may apply for those of interest.

Helen Hoerr Kurtz Research Fund

The Helen Hoerr Kurtz Research Fund provides funding for faculty or student research projects within PACS.

Loans

Loans

The Office of Student Financial Planning is also a great resource and you can find details on Figuring Your Cost and FAQs.