Placement, Counseling Services, Financial Aid and Graduate Assistantships
Refer to the Western Connecticut State University's Graduate Catalog for information concerning Campus Counseling Services. Students receiving financial assistance under the federal supported Title IV Programs must comply with the following criteria to be eligible for such assistance.
- Quality of academic performance: Students must be matriculate and must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain a matriculated graduate student in the University.
- Speed of completion of the graduate object, i.e. satisfactory progress. a. For full-time graduate students, satisfactory progress is defined as the work toward completion of a minimum of 18 semester hours of academic work toward completion of a graduate degree or planned program per academic year of students who enroll in the fall and nine (9) semester hours for students initially enrolling in the spring or enrolling only for the fall or summer terms. Failed courses or audited courses will not be counted. Students may not receive financial assistance for more than 4 semesters of full-time attendance or until the student is certified for program completion by the University, whichever comes first. b. For part time graduate students, satisfactory progress is defined as the successful completion of a minimum of twelve (12) semester hours of academic work toward completion of a graduate degree or a planned program per academic year for students who enroll in the fall and six fall or summer term. Failed courses or audited courses will not be counted. Students may not receive financial assistance for more than eight (8) semesters of part-time attendance or until the student is certified for program completion by the University, whichever comes first.
- Students who do attain the levels of satisfactory progress indicated above may complete the required credits in summer school without Title IV financial assistance. Students who increase the number of semester hours which have been required for satisfactory at the end of the semester when they lost this status will again be eligible to apply for school will not be eligible for any Title IV financial assistance for the following a academic year.
- Upon presentation of evidence of medical emergencies or other legitimate personal or family emergencies, students who have been denied financial assistance under this policy may appeal to the campus officer designated by the President.
- Title IV Programs are:
a. College Work-Study Program (CWSP)
b. Carl D. Perkins National Direct Student Loan
c. Guaranteed Student Loan Program (GSLP)
d. Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students Program (PLUS)/Supplemental Loan Program (SLP)
The Financial Aid Office is located in room 105 Old Main at the Midtown Campus. The office will assist you in obtaining information on how to apply for grants, work-study, and loans. Several Graduate Assistantships are available to matriculated graduate students. Application forms can be secured in the Office of Personnel Administration, and the Graduate Admissions Office. Also, contact the Dean of Professional Studies for details on Assistantships.
Students who successfully complete all requirements for the Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or in School Counseling will receive formal endorsement in their area of specialization by the faculty of the training program. Formal endorsement includes recommendation for state certification and employment for those students successfully completing the program in school counseling, or recommendation for employment as a clinical counselor in a setting consistent with the training provided by the clinical counseling program. Students will receive formal program endorsement only in that program for which they have met training requirements. Successful completion of a program means the completion of all didactic and experiential coursework including practicum and internship, and marked by performance sufficient to insure that the candidate possesses the skills and competencies necessary for ethical provision of services to clients in the setting for which endorsement is made. Completion of all requirements means that candidates in the clinical mental health option have completed the 60 credit Masters Degree and candidates in the school counseling option have completed 48 credit Master Degree as mandated by CACREP. Please note, beginning in 2020, CACREP requires that school counseling candidates must complete a 60 credit Masters Degree. All candidates must maintain a 3.0 (B) average throughout the 48 credit program.