Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

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Financial Aid, Scholarships, Non-Resident Tuition Waivers, and Employment Opportunities


Financial aid information is available through the Financial Aid Office (805-756-2927).

The Graduate Education Office offers several funding opportunities (see below).  More information on these programs is available through the Office of Graduate Education.

  • Graduate Equity Fellowship
  • Non-Resident Tuition Waiver
  • California Pre-Doctoral Program
  • Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program

The Psychology & Child Development department does not offer scholarships or fellowships. Second year students, however, may apply for the following paid employment opportunities:

  1. Clinical Assistant:  Two yearlong, 10 hour/week paid appointments with the Cal Poly Community Counseling Center.  Duties include a variety of clinical and administrative responsibilities.  
  2. Teaching Assistant:  A one-to-three quarter paid position to assist an instructor with an undergraduate psychology course.  Duties could include lecturing, conducting small discussion/work groups,scoring tests, and grading essays.
  3. Graduate Assistant:  A one-to-three quarter part-time paid position to assist Psych faculty with their research. Duties could include data collection, scoring research instruments, data entry, data analysis, writing up results, and conducting literature reviews.

The MS in Psychology Program also has been very successful at helping first and second year students find part-time clinical work in the community. Transitions Mental Health, Windhorse Integrative Mental Health, and Martha’s Place are among several organizations that employ our students during (as well as after) their schooling.

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