Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Waivers

Assistantships & Tuition Waiver:
Each student accepted into the program receives a full tuition scholarship and out-of-state fee waiver. Each student accepted also receives an assistantship of approximately $14,000 for the first academic year, with increasing amounts in the second and third years. To maintain assistantship support, students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester.

The Assistantship Work:
Students in the program will be assigned to work in specific production shops - the scene shop, the costume shop, or the management office. Students in the Arts Leadership program may be assigned to work at the Moss Arts Center (typically in the second year of the program), and students in the Directing and Public Dialogue program and the Stage Management program may be assigned to teach the Intro to Acting for non-majors or the Stage Management course to undergraduate majors, under the guidance of an experienced faculty member.

For additional information on financial assistance for graduate students, go to and look under "Financial Matters."

Please note: current costs, including comprehensive fees, for graduate study at Virginia Tech are listed on the Bursar's site.

To make a gift to the School of Performing Arts visit the link below. Designate your gift to the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Once you select the College a secondary field will open and you may then designate the School of Performing Arts.

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