There are limited programs for financial aid to graduate students, and applicants
should not normally rely on university-related financial support to complete their
education. The availability of financial aid for most programs is contingent on
the state’s economic situation, which varies from year to year. Most graduate students
work part- or full-time to meet their financial needs.
Availability of funds and programs, eligibility requirements and deadlines vary
from year to year, and students should always check the latest information before
assuming they are eligible for any particular form of aid and before taking any
To be considered for a tuition waiver, applicants must complete the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA forms are available in 119 Student Union
or may be completed via the internet at http://fafsa.ed.gov/
Funds may be awarded to students even though they do not demonstrate financial
need, but they must go through the process. The FAFSA forms must be filed annually
for continuation of tuition waivers. Incoming students will be considered for this
aid. Students will receive a letter from the School of International Studies advising
them they have received any support under this program.
A limited numbers of graduate assistantships are available to students in the
School of International Studies. These assistantships are not scholarships and are
not given strictly based on either financial need or academic performance. Instead,
the school selects graduate assistants based on a combination of academic performance,
professional experience and skills as they match SIS needs.
The Director of the International Studies graduate program selects recipients
of the assistantships and coordinates the assistantship program. Individuals may
be assigned to help faculty with research projects. Other duties may include assisting
SIS staff on special projects. Graduate assistants must maintain a time sheet of
activities and maintain scheduled contact with their supervisor for assignments.
One’s performance is evaluated at the end of each semester.
To apply, students should fill out the corresponding area of CollegeNet Application
to our program. A paper application can be submitted if your information and qualifications
have changed since you originally applied to the program. Supporting materials that
amplify a student’s qualifications and experience may be attached to the application.
Confirmation of assistantships may not be possible prior to the start of each semester.
Assistantships are for one semester only. If academic and job performance are
satisfactory, the assistantship will be strongly considered for renewal. Individuals
may receive assistantships for up to the three semesters typically required to complete
the degree and extensions of the time will be considered only under special circumstances.
Summer assistantships are not available.
Graduate assistants generally receive a monthly salary for 20 hours of work a
week and have their tuition waived. Those on assignments must enroll in a minimum
of six semester hours during the fall and spring semesters.
Numerous professional organizations and associations offer financial aid to graduate
students in the form of scholarships, grants, awards, fellowships or internships.
Some awards are for scholarly papers and theses, others are true scholarships, and
others involve working for the sponsoring organization for a semester or less.
The Office of University Research posts announcement of these opportunities.
Awards of interest to International Studies majors are the following:
The School of International Studies has a number of Graduate Fellowships. There
is a single application for these. The application and information on fellowships
and awards can be found on the SIS Graduate Program website under the Scholarships