Financial Aid


East Carolina University and the Department of History understand the financial aspect of paying for a graduate degree and are committed to helping students by offering competitive graduate assistantships, tuition remissions, and scholarships. However, any and all questions concerning financial aid should be directed to the ECU Office of Financial Aid, as every student’s situation is different. The information below is an overview of the opportunities available through the Graduate School and the Department of History.

Graduate Assistantships

Students admitted into a graduate program may be awarded financial support in the form of an assistantship. These programs provide financial support to enable students to focus their research and academic endeavors. The Department of History is allocated a limited number of graduate assistantships each year from the Graduate School. Graduate assistantships provide $9,000 (over fall and spring) in exchange for 20 hours per week of service. Students who apply by the January 15th deadline will be considered for a graduate assistantship. Students will be selected based on an evaluation of academic records, recommendations, experience, and other relevant criteria. For more information about graduate assistantships please visit the Graduate School’s

Assistantship Information page. More information about the duties of a graduate assistant for the Department of History can be found in the Graduate Program Guidelines. Students who are not awarded an assistantship upon admission should consult the ECU Job Site for graduate assistantships in other areas of the campus.

Graduate Scholar Awards

Students who apply by the January 15th deadline will be considered for a Graduate Scholar Award. The Graduate Scholar Awards are available each year to exceptionally qualified students applying for fall semester enrollment in Master’s degree programs. Awarded students receive $4,000 towards tuition & fees per year for a maximum of 2 years, an in-state tuition remission (if student is out of state), and a full-time graduate assistantship. To be eligible to apply, a student must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3 and a minimum average GRE verbal & quantitative score of 52 percentile. Graduate program directors apply on behalf of prospective students and notify prospective students at the time an offer of admission is made. Students must notify the program director of their decision to accept or reject the offer of admission and the Graduate Scholar Award in writing (or email) by April 15.

Tuition Remissions 

The Department of History offers a limited number of tuition remissions for out-of-state students. Tuition remissions are only for one year as North Carolina allows for students to apply for in-state residency after one year. Tuition remissions are prioritized for students who apply by the January 15th deadline. Eligible students will be selected based on an evaluation of academic records, recommendations, experience, and other relevant criteria. For more information about tuition remissions please visit the Graduate School’s Tuition Remission Information webpage.

In-State Tuition

To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, a person must become a legal resident and remain a legal resident for at least twelve months immediately prior to classification. Thus, there is a distinction between legal residence and residence for tuition purposes. Furthermore, twelve months legal residence means more than simple abode in NC. In particular, it means maintaining a permanent home of indefinite duration as opposed to maintaining a mere temporary residence to enroll in an institution of higher education.

Thus, physical residence alone is not sufficient. The big indicators are: driver’s license, voter registration, physical residence, car registration, etc. Every one of those must be in place for a calendar year before someone can even hope to have in-state status. For example, if you started living in North Carolina January 2016 but you delayed getting a NC driver’s license until March 2016, the year doesn’t start ticking until March 2016 (or the latest of the dates).

The reason for this is that in-state tuition is very, very cheap. The NC Legislature sets the rules for in-state status. The Universities do not. The Legislature has written the rules into the Law, not just regulations. They are very meticulous about people getting in-state status.

The Graduate School (252-328-6012) is responsible for interpreting the law with regard to in-state status and can further clarify the distinction between in-state and non-state residence. Students can appeal their out-of-state status. The link to their web page that contains a summary of the policies governing the determination of in-state residency for tuition purposes is

Important Note to Residents Outside of North Carolina

Admission of applicants outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate or individual online course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU’s ability to secure authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, if such authorization is required.

East Carolina University delivers online education programs and courses throughout the United States and internationally. All programs have been approved by the University of North Carolina General Administration. Many states have prescribed an authorization process for out-of-state institutions delivering online programs to its state residents to ensure quality post-secondary education, to preserve the integrity of an academic degree, and to instill greater consumer protection for its student citizens.

East Carolina University has taken steps to protect its students and programs through nationwide compliance by: participating in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA); obtaining authorization, approval, exemptions and waivers; or confirming that East Carolina University can operate without such authorization because the state’s laws do not pertain to a public institution, to an accredited institution, or to the ECU’s activities in that state.

On November 14, 2016, East Carolina University was approved by to participate in NC-SARA which is a voluntary, regional/national approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Institutions that participate in SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states.  States and institutions that choose to become members of or participate in SARA operate under a set of policies and standards overseen by SARA and administered by the four nationally recognized regional higher education compacts.   

Scholarship Information

ECU and the Department of History are committed to providing graduate students the opportunity to apply for, and receive, various scholarships and awards. The Department of History offers several scholarships that range in amounts and three fellowship opportunities, please visit the Scholarship Page for more information. All opportunities for scholarships at ECU and the Department of History can found on the online scholarship portal, Academic Works, and for more information about how to apply visit the Office of Scholarships

On-Campus Jobs

ECU offers several part-time positions for students who were not originally awarded a graduate assistantship directly through their department. The Department of History forwards any and all job and graduate assistantship announcements to students as they appear. All students enrolled full-time in a graduate program are limited to working 25 hours a week (20 hours for international students). Students seeking employment on campus are encouraged to consult the Online Job Portal. 

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement

All applicable ECU academic programs prepare students to sit for licensure in North Carolina.  In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure ECU is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of North Carolina.  ECU cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North Carolina.  Please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside North Carolina.