Financial Aid

1) How much is tuition to attend the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology at LIU Post?

For the 2015-2016 academic year, first, second and third year students pay a flat rate per semester of $24,466. Each student also pays a university fee of $902 and university-sponsored health insurance of $2,193 (unless they have their own). In the fourth year, students begin paying by the credit at a rate of $1,565 per credit. Fourth year students typically take 9 credits per year, though this can vary. Fees are also lower in year four. During year five, students are required to register for Internship (PSY 841) which carries a fee of about $200 for the year; and Dissertation Supervision (PSY 842 and 843) which carries a fee valued at the cost of 1 credits or $1,565 per semester. Students are required to register for PSY 842/843 for each spring and fall until their dissertation is successfully defended.

A student may elect to live on-campus. Information on associated fees can be found on the Student Life webpages.

For up-to-date information on tuition and fees, please see the Enrollment Services webpage:

Click here for information on Tuition and Fees.

2) Does LIU Post offer financial aid to Clinical Psychology Doctoral students?

Yes! With rare exceptions, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students who request departmental financial aid receive it. Since tuition drops dramatically during the 4th and 5th year, we give priority to students in the first three years of the program. Financial need is the principal criteria used to make decisions, although merit is also considered.

3) What types of financial aid are offered?

Students in the first three years of the program can be expected to receive between $10,000 and $25,000 in financial aid. In rare exceptions, students in the 4th year of the program can receive up to $10,000 in financial aid. When applicants are accepted into the program, they are informed about the amount of aid they would receive in their first year.

The department funds doctoral students in three main ways (Work Scholarships, Teaching Assistantships, and Fellowships). In addition, the department, the University, and individual students supplement these funds from a number of other sources (listed below).

A) Psy.D. Scholarship: As a research assistant, you will assist a professor with his or her research for six hours a week during the academic year. These assistantships pay up to $10,000 per academic year (September-May).

B) Teaching Assistantship: Students teach their own section of Introduction to Psychology to undergraduates at C.W. Post. These positions pay up to $10,000 per academic year (i.e. for teaching two sections of an Introduction to Psychology course).

C) Fellowships to Reduce Mental Health Service Disparities: The purpose of this funding program is to encourage our students to work with certain groups (low SES, African Americans, Hispanics, immigrants, people with physical disabilities, and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered people) after they graduate from our program by providing a financial incentive to gain experience and expertise with these groups while a doctoral student at LIU Post. In order to be eligible for this fellowship, a student must plan to devote a significant percentage of his/her career to working with members of at least one of these groups. To apply, a student does not have to belong to one of these groups. He or she must simply want to work with clients from at least one of these groups upon graduation. These Fellowships pay $20,000 per academic year and are renewable for the first three years, as long as the student remains in good standing. For some activities that could count toward your required hours click here.

Safe Zone Coordinator Fellowship: Each year, the coordinator of the Safe Zone Project will receive a fellowship equivalent to the size of the fellowships intended to reduce mental health disparities. For more information about the Safe Zone Project, click here.

Other Sources

Research Grant Funding: Faculty and students in the doctoral program regularly apply for funding to conduct research. Such funding may include payment for graduate research assistants.

Scholarships & Fellowships: There are hundreds of scholarships for which students can apply. They range in size from a few hundred dollars to many thousands. Our students have received many different kinds of scholarships and some of the awards have been quite large. The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program offers the Carol Blum Mackauf Fellowship, a $500 award for an older student who is changing careers or moving from raising children to become a psychologist.

Here are some scholarships to look into:

General Funds for Graduate School

Dissertation Funds

APA Minority Fellowship Program APA Dissertation Research Awards
APA Science Directorate APA Science Directorate
Association Of Hispanic Mental Health Professionals Todd E. Husted Memorial Award
Edna Aimes Scholarship Melissa Institute
Gates Millenium Scholars SABA Dissertation Grant
NIH Predoctoral Fellowships
Putting Children First Summer Fellowship
Patsy Takemoto Foundation
Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarship
SABA Fellowship
Bijou Fellowship

Psychology Related Employment: The department often gets solicitations from various agencies in the New York metropolitan area for students to serve in a number of different capacities. For example, our students often administer psychological tests and get paid for it. These jobs can pay in the range of $10-$30 an hour.

Educational Loans: While these are a last resort, they are readily available. Students are awarded Stafford, TERRI, and FOCUS loans. Keep in mind that in return for working with underserved populations (something many of our students do), educational loans can be forgiven.

4) I'm worried about paying for graduate school. Is there anything I can do now to get started on the process?

Yes, make sure you file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as you can for consideration for any federal, state, or university funding. Contact the Financial Assistance Office at LIU Post for further information at 516-299-2338. The FAFSA must be filed after January 1 (and before March 1) of the year in which you are requesting aid. You must submit a FAFSA, preferably on the Internet at Select the appropriate school year and complete the seven steps; make certain that you list C.W. Post school code (002751) in the school section (step 6). If you do not have a PIN number, follow the instructions re-signature certification.

5) When will I know how much aid LIU Post can provide for me?

If you are accepted to the program, you will receive a departmental financial aid offer with your acceptance, so that you will know what your cost will be in the first year before you have to make a decision. Current students find out what their awards are about 5 months before the school year begins in September. The other forms of financial aid, such as loans, TAP awards, work-study, etc. do not come directly from the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, so the timetable for finding out about those awards varies.

6) How does LIU Post compare to other doctoral programs in the NYC area in terms of financial aid?

Around the country, much of the aid given to students comes from research grants. Since research is less of a focus in a Psy.D. program than it is typically in a Ph.D. program, Psy.D. programs typically offer less aid than Ph.D. programs do. These are general rules, to which there are exceptions.

Happily, LIU Post is an exception. With strong support from the administration, and through the hard work of our faculty and students, we are able to make strong offers of financial aid to the majority of our students.

7) How much does housing cost in the area?

Our students generally live either right around campus, in Queens or Brooklyn, or in Manhattan. Many have roommates. Renting in the area of LIU Post generally costs anywhere from $800 to $1,200 per person, monthly. In Queens and Brooklyn, rent will generally run from $800 to $1,400, and in Manhattan, you will pay from $1,000 to $1,700.

8) Will I get a job when I graduate and how much will I make?

Psychologists have an extremely low unemployment rate, and salaries are competitive. For more information on employment and salaries than you ever thought existed, go to

9) Can I get an advance on my financial aid before classes start to pay rent and other bills?

Yes! For instructions on how to do so see, please see the “Student Guide to Obtaining an Advance on Your Financial Aid.”


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean

Joan Ruckel
Executive Assistant to the Dean