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  • Scholarships and Financial Assistance

    Franciscan University seeks to support students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program by providing scholarship money and work opportunities. Details about financial assistance can be obtained by contacting Mark McGuire, the Director of Graduate Enrollment at 740-284-5249 or


    All students who are accepted into the CMHC Program are eligible for a graduate student scholarship. The scholarship requires students to be enrolled between 9-12 semester credit hours per semester and to maintain a 3.0 average GPA. The Fr. Gemelli Scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1500 per semester for every semester of full-time enrollment excluding the four CSL 630 series of courses which are already offered at a comparably reduced tuition rate. Students who take classes on a full-time basis (12 credit hours/semester) typically complete the program in 5 semesters.

    Work Opportunities/Graduate Assistantship

    The CMHC Program offers one Graduate Assistant position through the University’s Student Work Opportunity Program (SWOP). The position is paid at an hourly rate and typically involves 10 hours per week of work. Duties include assisting faculty with writing and research projects, aiding with accreditation-related responsibilities, editing the Department newsletter, and providing general support as needed to the Program. In addition, students may apply for SWOP positions at various other university departments and/or programs. For current job openings, the wage ladder, and to see a list of all SWOP positions on campus, please check out our current SWOP page >>

    Student Loan Repayment Opportunities

    The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program offers loan repayment assistance to independently licensed counselors. Primary care medical, dental and mental/behavioral health clinicians can get up to $50,000 to repay their health profession student loans in exchange for a two-year commitment to work at an approved NHSC site in a high-need, underserved area. The payment is free from Federal income tax and is made at the beginning of service so student loan debt can more quickly be paid down. Approved sites are located across the U.S., in both urban and rural areas.

    The amount one receives and length of commitment depends on where one serves (service at sites in higher need areas yields greater loan repayments). It also depends on whether an applicant selects the full-time or half-time option. See the Application and Program Guidance form for details. See if a job site is already approved at the NHSC Jobs Center. Find more details here.

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