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

Fellowship Finder and Assistantship Clearinghouse

The Fellowship Finder is a helpful tool that helps students search for internal and external fellowships.  If you find a fellowship you feel you may be competitive for and need departmental support, please reach out to the Graduate Student Services Office.  

The Assistantship Clearinghouse keeps a list of available assistantships on campus.  Please keep in mind that it is not necessary to have an assistantship in the College of Education or from your department - we encourage students to seek out all options for employment and assistantship.  

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.

Assistantships are work assignments for specified percentages of time, with duties determined by the hiring unit.  Assistantship stipends are taxable.  College of Education students can hold assistantships across campus - it is not required that you hold an assistantship in your home department.

Assistantships within the College of Education vary from 25%-50% FTE. For a student to receive an appointment above 50%, the advisor 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.

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Office of Student Financial Aid

We encourage all students to apply for financial aid.  For more information on FAFSA and other opportunities, please see the Office of Student Financial Aid.  

College of Education Awards & Scholarships for Current Graduate Students

A sample of the various scholarships and awards offered by the College of Education are below.  Nomination procedures vary by department.  

College of Education Fellowships for Incoming Graduate Students

The College of Education offers two fellowships for incoming doctoral students.  The awards are decided based on your application and additional materials are not required.