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We encourage all students to apply for financial aid. Apply online by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The following are financial aid resources provided by the University of Illinois and the College of Education for current & incoming graduate students.

Awards & Scholarships for Current Graduate Students
Fellowships for Incoming Graduate Students
Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are awarded to select students admitted and enrolled for graduate study and are available in departments and operating units both within and outside the College of Education.  Graduate students and advisers should be guided by the Graduate College Policy on Graduate Assistants.

Students should contact the department or unit in which they are applying for assistantship application requirements.  Assistantships are work assignments for specified percentages of time, with duties determined by the hiring unit.  Assistantship stipends are taxable.

Assistantships within the College of Education vary from 25%-50% FTE. For a student to receive an appointment above 50%, the adviser and employing faculty or staff member must make a request justifying the additional time above 50% and stipulate that the additional work will not impede the student’s progress toward his/her degree.  Requests for exception should be sent to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Student Academic Affairs Office.

Information on tuition and fee waiver benefits for graduate assistants can be found in the Waivers' Section of the Graduate College Handbook.  Graduate assistants are responsible for paying all other assessed fees except those listed in the Graduate College Handbook. Students holding an assistantship between 25% - 67% during the spring semester are entitled to an automatic tuition waiver for the following summer session.

Information on health plans for graduate assistants can be found at the Student Insurance Office.

Stand-Alone Tuition Waivers

A limited number of stand-alone tuition waivers are available on a competitive basis. The stand-alone waiver provides a full waiver of tuition, along with service fee, AFMFA fee, and Library/Technology fee. All other assessed fees are the students’ responsibility. Students should consult their departments for specific application procedures and deadlines. Among the factors and evidence considered in the review of applications for tuition waivers are grade-point average, academic progress, professional and academic experience, evidence of academic or professional distinction, and publications and scholarship.

More information on the Tuition Waiver Policies can be found in the Waivers' Section of the Graduate College Handbook.

Other Financial Aid Resources