1) How much is tuition to attend the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology at C.W. Post?
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Tuition Rates for 2011-2012*
*Note tuition rates and associated fees subject to change in other academic years.
For the most updated information on costs associated with attending the program, please click here.
For illustrational purposes only, above is a chart of what tuition could look like for an entering student. Keep in mind that tuition rates and fees may increase, which this graph does not show.
Other Current Associated Fees:
- Required Student Health Insurance for the 2011-2012 academic year: $999. Students may waive this by 10/15/2011 if they have their own health insurance, but all students are required to maintain health insurance every year they are in the program. For the most current information on the student health insurance, click here
- University Fee: $690 per semester
- University Activity Fee: $110 per semester
- Required Continuing Education Courses (SAVE and Child Abuse Reporting): $30 each
- Required HIV Workshop: if taken at program, free. May be taken elsewhere
2) Does C.W. Post offer financial aid to Clinical Psychology Doctoral students?
Yes! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students who request departmental financial aid typically receive it. Since tuition drops dramatically during the 4th and 5th year, we give priority to students in the first three years of the program. Incoming students apply for financial aid from the program when they are invited for an interview (February or March of application year). Current students apply for aid every year in the spring. Typically, aid received is carried through the first three years in the program. The program makes every effort to provide 4th year and above students with information on external funding opportunities.
3) What types of financial aid are offered?
Students in the first three years of the program can be expected to receive between $10,000 and $20,000 in financial aid. On occasion, students in the 4th year of the program can receive up to $10,000 in financial aid.
The department funds doctoral students in three main ways (Work Scholarships, Teaching Assistantships, and Fellowships). In addition, the department, the University, and individual students supplement these funds from a number of other sources (examples below).
A) Psy.D. Scholarship (or Work Scholarship): As a research assistant, you will assist a professor with his or her research for six hours a week during the academic year. These assistantships pay up to $10,000 per academic year (September-July).
B) Teaching Assistantship: Students teach their own section of Introduction to Psychology to undergraduates at C.W. Post. These positions pay up to $10,000 per academic year (i.e. for teaching two sections of an Introduction to Psychology course). Mentorship is provided for these assistantships from both current faculty and former teaching assistants from the PsyD Program. Further adjunct faculty course development and teaching support is provided by the faculty resource center on-campus.
C) Service Disparity Fellowship: The purpose of this funding program is to encourage our students to work with certain groups (low SES, African Americans, Hispanics, immigrants, people with physical disabilities, and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered people) after they graduate from our program by providing a financial incentive to gain experience and expertise with these groups while a doctoral student at C.W. Post. In order to be eligible for this fellowship, a student must plan to devote a significant percentage of his/her career to working with members of at least one of these groups. To apply, a student does not have to belong to one of these groups. He or she must simply want to work with clients from at least one of these groups upon graduation. These Fellowships pay $15,000-20,000 per academic year and are renewable for the first three years, as long as the student remains in good standing and successfully completes the SDF project they chose. Multiple projects are allowed to complete the required 100 hours, which are logged in and submitted bi-annually to the program director.
D) Safe Zone Coordinator Fellowship: Each year, two co-coordinators of the Safe Zone Project will receive a fellowship equivalent to the size of the SDF. Coordinators design and run monthly trainings for first year students, using a SafeZone manual which they also have the opportunity to edit and revise. Previous SafeZone coordinators have also initiated faculty trainings in SafeZone and program-wide lectures. Recently, SafeZone has also reached out across campus to work with related campus student groups. For more information about the Safe Zone Project, click here.
E) Service Disparity Fellowship: M. Lanrewaju Fellowship: Instituted in 2010, this SDF honors a student of the program who lost her battle with cancer when she was a fourth year student. The SDF is specifically designed for a student who wants to work with patients (or their families) with a life-threatening illness. Possible projects have included working with oncology patients and their families and HIV community training in a rural African village.
Supplementary Departmental Financial Aid Based on Need, Merit, & Underrepresented Ethnic Minority Status: When funds are available, the department will provide between $1,000 and 5,000 per year to students who demonstrate a high degree of need, to students who are particularly high performing, and to students who are from underrepresented ethnic-minority groups.
Federal Work-study: Students who are awarded Federal Work Study dollars as part of their financial aid package from the University can work in the Psychology Department at a number of different positions, at a rate of $15 an hour until those funds are exhausted.
NY State Grants: Income-eligible New York State residents who are full-time students and U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens are eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grants.
Research Grant Funding: Faculty and students in the doctoral program regularly apply for funding to conduct research. Such funding may include payment for graduate research assistants.
Scholarships & Fellowships: There are hundreds of scholarships for which students can apply. They range in size from a few hundred dollars to many thousands. Our students have received many different kinds of scholarships and some of the awards have been quite large. The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program awards the Carol Blum Mackauf Fellowship, a $500 award for an older student in the program who is changing careers or moving from raising children to become a psychologist.
Here are some scholarships to look into:
Psychology Related Employment: The department often gets solicitations from various agencies in the New York metropolitan area for students to serve in a number of different capacities. For example, our students often administer psychological tests and get paid for it. These jobs can pay in the range of $10-$30 an hour.
Educational Loans: Students are often awarded Stafford, TERRI, PLUS, and FOCUS loans. After graduation, students can apply to certain programs (e.g. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Health Service Corps) that will forgive some educational loans in return for working with underserved populations (something many of our students do).
4) I'm worried about paying for graduate school. Is there anything I can do now to get started on the process?
Yes, make sure you file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as you can for consideration for any federal, state, or university funding. Contact the Financial Assistance Office at C.W. Post for further information at 516-299-2338. The FAFSA must be filed after January 1 (and before March 1) of the year in which you are requesting aid. You must submit a FAFSA, preferably on the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Select the appropriate school year and complete the seven steps; make certain that you list C.W. Post school code (002751) in the school section (step 6). If you do not have a PIN number, follow the instructions re-signature certification.
5) When will I know how much aid C. W. Post can provide for me?
If you are accepted to the program, you will receive a departmental financial aid offer with your acceptance, so that you will know what your cost will be in the first year before you have to make a decision. Current students find out what their awards are about 5 months before the school year begins in September. The other forms of financial aid, such as loans, TAP awards, work-study, etc. do not come directly from the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, so the timetable for finding out about those awards varies.
6) How much does housing cost in the area?
Our students generally live either right around campus, in Queens or Brooklyn, or in Manhattan. Many have roommates. Renting in the area of C.W. Post generally costs anywhere from $800 to $1,200 per person, monthly. In Queens and Brooklyn, rent will generally run from $800 to $1,400, and in Manhattan, you will pay from $1,000 to $1,700. On-campus housing is available to graduate students, depending on campus dorm space. See the Student Life webpage for more information.
A C.W. Post maintained listing of off-campus housing: http://webdata.liu.edu/OCHousing/
Residence Life (on-campus): http://www.liu.edu/CWPost/StudentLife/ResLife.aspx
7) Will I get a job when I graduate and how much will I make?
Psychologists have an extremely low unemployment rate, and salaries are competitive. For more information on employment and salaries than you ever thought existed, go to http://www.apa.org/workforce/publications/09-salaries/index.aspx.
8) Can I get an advance on my financial aid before classes start to pay rent and other bills?
Yes! For instructions on how to do so see, please contact the Bursar's office at: http://www.liu.edu/CWPost/About/Offices/Bursar.aspx