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Welcome to the Graduate School at Western Carolina University. Individuals with graduate degrees contribute to a highly skilled workforce that strengthens the region’s economic position. The Graduate School staff is here to assist you as you move through your graduate studies. Please contact us for help with your graduate studies needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Newly Admitted Graduate Students:

Checklist for Newly Admitted Students


Financial Aid

Be sure to keep these dates in mind if you’re applying for financial aid or WCU’s fellowships and scholarships:

  • FAFSA deadlines: Financial Aid Office
  • September 1: Applications due for Morrill Family Fund for Research in Education

Graduation Information

Graduation applications should be completed the semester before you intend to graduate. Please contact the Registrar's Office (, or 828.227.7216) for current information regarding graduation.

**Graduate Students: You must be enrolled for at least one credit hour during the term in which you are scheduled to have your degree or certificate conferred. This enrollment includes the summer term.**

About Graduation

Information regarding Gowns and Hoods


Payment Deadlines 

Tuition and Fees for Graduate Students are due the first day of the term

General Resources:

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