Graduate Assistantships, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

In support of academic excellence, both The University of Akron and the College of Business Administration offer a wide variety of scholarships and other opportunities to help students in their educational pursuits. These scholarships are provided by corporations, foundations, professional organizations, faculty, alumni and other individuals.

Graduate Assistantships

Students admitted to a CBA degree program may be eligible for a Graduate Assistantship. A graduate assistant position is an arrangement in which a full-time graduate student works as a computer lab assistant, instructional support assistant, or research assistant (very few research assistantships are awarded). In return, the graduate assistant is awarded a stipend and tuition benefits. Go to the Graduate Assistants page for additional information and eligibility, or review a Fact Sheet (pdf).

Complete a Graduate Assistantship application.

Community and Industry Graduate Assistantships

Community and Industry Graduate Assistantship (CIGA) awards are designed to provide opportunities for students to gain real world experience by participating in a cooperative program between The University of Akron and external organizations. CBA graduate students may not hold a CIGA award in the first semester of enrollment.

Awards will be available only to companies pre-approved by the CBA. Selections will be made from a list of pre-qualified candidates. Students are prohibited from soliciting of CIGA awards independently of the Graduate Programs process. Any potential employer must review a list of eligible candidates prior to making a selection and the selection must be approved by the CBA before an offer is made.

CIGA awards will be restricted to a maximum of 10 awards per semester.

Organizations interested in sponsoring a CIGA award please go to the Sponsoring Agency Community and Industry Graduate Assistantship page.

Federal Work Study Program

Federal College Work Study funding is available to Graduate Students. You should file a FAFSA form and check with The University of Akron Student Financial Aid Office for more information or look up eligibility information at

College of Business Administration Scholarships

Each year, the College of Business Administration awards more than 100 graduate and undergraduate scholarships to both current CBA students and incoming freshmen.

University Scholarships

The University of Akron offers scholarships specifically for CBA majors. Learn about the awards that are available.

Financial Aid

Learn about the many sources of financial aid and work-study opportunities available to all UA students through the University's Office of Student Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

To see the current tuition rates and fees for graduate students, visit the Office of Student Accounts page. 2015 CBA Graduate tuition table.