Counseling Psychology PhD Program

Graduate costs and fees per semester
(2013-14, full-time enrollment)

Tuition $12,647.50
Endowment $15.00
Self-Help Fee $5.00
Technology Fee $125.00
Matriculation Fee* $62.50
Health Services Fee $303.00
Total Cost $13,158.00

Students in the Program are eligible to receive funding through the Graduate School and through the School of Education.  Graduate Assistantships require part-time employment (< 20 hrs per week) and stipends are paid out bi-weekly during the 9 month academic year).  Students also receive tuition remission for the Fall and Spring semesters.  As of the Fall semester 2007, individual, yearly stipends have been increased to $16,000.

Where do I go for financial assistance?

Upon admission to the Program, students are eligible to receive financial support from the School of Education Scholarships page or from the Graduate School Financial Aid page. Assistantships and scholarships are limited and competitive. Both the School of Education and Graduate School work to provide as many graduate assistantships and scholarships as possible, however not all students in the Program are financially supported. Graduate assistantships are typically awarded on a yearly basis without guarantees for continued funding. Inquiries about graduate assistance or financial aid can be directed to the Associate Dean’s Office of the School of Education, The Graduate School, Counseling Psychology Program, Director of Graduate Studies, and the Howard University Financial Aid Office. 

Scholarship awards can also be found through professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the Ford Foundation.  Searching online websites such as and list comprehensive financial aid information and opportunities. In addition, a number of research centers, grants, and academic programs on campus hire Counseling Psychology doctoral students.  Examples of these include the Center for Drug Abuse Research (CDAR), Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR), the Center for Disability and Socioeconomic Policy Studies (CDSPS), the Howard University Early Learning Programs, the TRIO Programs (including Upward Bound, Student Special Services, and Math-Science Initiative), and the Journal of Negro Education.  In addition, individual faculty members may also have grants and contracts that provide financial assistance opportunities for students.