Many options are available for financing your graduate studies. All options require that you apply early to get the best chance of funding. In some cases you will need to apply a year prior to starting your program.
Figures are in U.S. dollars and apply to the 2016-2017 academic year. All fees are subject to change each year.
Tuition is charged based on the number of credits in which you enroll. The total number of credits required for a CCT degree is 39. Most CCT classes count for 3 credits each. Full-time students take a minimum of 9 credits per semester. To complete the 39 credits and graduate in two years, students will need to enroll in 12 credits during one semester, or take 3 credits during the summer term. Part-time students take 6 credits per semester.
Tuition per credit for academic year 2016-2017: $1,928
Tuition for full-time students taking three 3-credit courses in Fall and in Spring: $34,704 ($1,928 x 18 credits)
Tuition for part-time students taking two 3-credit courses in Fall and in Spring: $23,136 ($1,928 x 12 credits)
All students will be charged a Graduate Student Activity Fee: $30
Full-time students will also be charged the following:
Student Health Insurance: $2,460
Yates Field House membership: $420. Yates is the campus gym.
Incoming students will also be charged a One-time Transcript Fee: $50
With this one-time payment, you won't have to pay each time you need a transcript from Georgetown. This fee pays for all future requests.
Other costs to consider:
Estimated living costs: $20,496
Estimated cost of books: $1,300
Estimated cost of commuting: $1,320
CCT Merit-based Scholarships are open to full-time incoming students, regardless of country of citizenship. Funding will go towards off-setting tuition costs only and may be renewable upon satisfactory completion of the first year. CCT scholars are expected to produce outstanding academic work as well as contribute substantially to the CCT community through student and/or Program initiatives. Applicants should show a talent for academic analysis, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving as well as evidence of having applied these skills to projects outside the classroom.
To apply, complete this form and upload it with your online application by January 15 for entry in the Fall semester. Also check the box on the online application form that says “If offered by my program of interest, I would like to be considered for academic merit-based fellowships, scholarships, or assistantships.”
Note: If you are submitting more than one scholarship/fellowship application, you will need to scan both into one document before uploading to the online system.
CCT offers fellowship positions with gnovis, our student-run academic journal to full-time incoming students. Currently, gnovis consists of a flagship, twice-annual, peer-reviewed journal; an annual conference, gnoviCon; a series of debates and other events; a blog; a website; and various social media outlets. gnovis is the premier student-led initiative of the CCT program, representing the very best antidisciplinary/(radically) interdisciplinary scholarship from our students. As such, it is a key public-facing component connecting CCT to the broader community of scholars working across our many disciplines—communications, cultural studies, technology, policy, journalism, semiotics, linguistics, design, social theory, computer science, data science, architecture, and the arts—beyond the walls of both CCT and the University.
Five fellows are selected each year to receive funding support between $2,600 and $5,000 per year. Applicants should describe their qualifications for one or more of the positions listed:
- Editor-in-Chief: Ultimate responsibility for the financial and programmatic success of all gnovis activities, including the journal, the blog, the website, gnoviCon, and any other events and products. Manages relationships with Director of CCT, Faculty Student Advisor, Guest Faculty Advisor, and CCT faculty and staff. Final decision authority on all gnovis-related programs and events, including editorial calendar, gnoviCon topic, debates, speaking programs, outreach efforts.
- Managing Editor: Primary responsibility is the successful publication of the twice-yearly gnovis journal. Oversees peer review and helps set the yearly editorial calendar, with the Editors-in-Chief.
- Director of Multimedia: Oversees the creation of videos, signage and other print materials, and graphics work for all gnovis-related events and programs.
- Director of Blog and Web Services: Oversees the management of gnovis web properties/assets, including the blog. Manages the non-staff blog contributors.
- Director of Outreach and Social Media: Oversees internal and external outreach efforts, including the solicitation of submissions to the journal (with the Managing Editors) and event (e.g., gnoviCon, debates, ad hoc events) notices. Responsible for managing content posted to the gnovis social media accounts.
To apply, complete the form and upload it with your online application by January 15 for entry in the Fall semester. Note that gnovis requires an additional writing sample.
The Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) is Georgetown University's center for teaching and learning, and is responsible for a number of projects relating to faculty and graduate student professional development, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and teaching with technology. The CNDLS fellows will help with the overall operation of CNDLS and work on a variety of projects involving pedagogical and scholarly innovation.
Two CNDLS fellowships are offered each year. During the academic year, they will hold a Graduate Associate position for which they will be paid an hourly rate of $19.50 and be expected to work 15-20 hours per week. They may earn up to a maximum of $13,260 throughout the academic year. There is a possibility of continued employment during the summer and second academic year at the same hourly rate. Fellows must maintain a full-time academic load over the semesters that they hold the CNDLS Graduate Associate position.
There are 2 available positions:
• Technical/Media position: This requires advanced technical skills (website design and development, blog design and development, social media skills, possible graphic design, film/video, and photography as well, etc.) and will be engaged in some aspect of technological support of educational technologies and tools.
• Writing/Communication/Research position: This does not require advanced technical skills and will instead focus on writing and communication projects (composing, editing), assessment projects, technology projects, or projects involving research on student learning. Though the position does not require high technical skill, some basic technical competency is important.
To apply, complete the CNDLS Fellowship Application Form. You may select one or both positions.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal student loans. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply by early February of the year in which you plan to pursue graduate studies. Georgetown’s Office of Student Financial Services has more information and tips.
CCT scholarships and fellowships are very competitive. We recommend that all applicants also research external funding sources. Eligibility requirements and deadlines vary but you should expect to apply a year prior to enrolling in graduate study. A scholarship search app, such as Scholly, could be helpful. Please note however that this is offered as a suggestion, rather than an endorsement. As with all apps, due diligence is a good idea.
Sources of financial aid information:
- Sallie Mae
- Scholarship Opportunities for Military Students
- Georgetown Student Financial Services List of Outside Scholarships
- Financial Aid for International Students
- Grants in Graduate Studies
- MSU Libraries list of Grants for Individuals
Here are some scholarships to consider:
- AAUW Educational Funding and Awards
- Anita Borg Scholarship
- Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Fellowships
- Cosmos Club Grants for Graduate Students
- Critical Language Scholarship Program
- Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund
- Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship
- Ford Foundation
- Fulbright Scholarships
- Hillary Rodham Clinton Communications Fellowship
- Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellowship
- Jack Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship
- Jacob Javits Fellowships
- Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace
- Knight News Challenge - Digital Media Experiments to Innovate Journalism
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Program
- Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
- William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
- Women Entrepreneurs in the Digital Media Frontier
International students may be eligible for some of the above listed external (non-Georgetown) scholarships. For example, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers international fellowships. Georgetown’s Office of Global Services also offers a list of Financial Resources for International Students. Another resource is the Smart Student Guide to Studying in the USA. This has information on scholarships, passports and visas, how to fund your education, and more.
Many students work on campus, and these positions are paid hourly. The rates are typically around $15 an hour. The Office of Student Employment manages a database of on-campus employment opportunities. International students on student visas may work on campus up to 20 hours per week.
CCT hires students to work in the CCT Office in various capacities, and there are many research positions available across campus. Second-year students are eligible for teaching assistant positions that are also paid hourly. gnovis, CCT's student-run academic journal, hires students each year for various paid and unpaid positions.