Financial Aid and Award Opportunities
Students are not guaranteed financial assistance during their period of study.
In addition to fellowships, assistantships, and tuition waivers offered by departments, other forms of financial aid and non-monetary recognition awards are available to graduate students in Education. Information on College of Education scholarships, fellowships, and awards for graduate students is available on the Financial Aid section of the website. Additional funding is available through the Graduate College.
Fellowships are awards that provide a stipend with no expectation of service in return. Most fellowships provide a waiver of the tuition, service fee, health service fee, Academic Facilities Maintenance Fund Assessment (AFMFA) fee, Library/Technology fee, and partial payment of the health insurance fee. Students may not hold more than one full fellowship during any given academic term.
Enrolled graduate students may be eligible
for assistantships, which are available in departments and operating units both
within and outside the College of Education. Graduate students and advisors
should be guided by the Graduate College policy on graduate assistants.
Students should contact the department or unit to 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 are commonly 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 their degree. Requests for exception should be sent to the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.
Assistantships between 25%-67% for at
least three-quarters of the academic term provide a stipend, a waiver of the
tuition, service fee, health service fee, Academic Facilities Maintenance Fund
Assessment (AFMFA) fee, library/technology fee, and partial payment of the
health insurance fee, and full payment by the University for the University
vision insurance and dental insurance plans. Graduate assistants are
responsible for paying all other assessed fees. 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
tuition waiver benefits for graduate assistants can be found in the Tuition Waiver Policy section of the Graduate College Handbook.
Information on health plans can be found at the Student Health 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 academic department 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.
Education Alumni Association Outstanding Student Medallion
The Education Alumni Association Outstanding Student Medallion (non-monetary award) is presented annually to a bachelor's graduate, a master's graduate, and a doctoral graduate at the College of Education Convocation. The recipients are recognized publicly at the bi-annual Distinguished Alumni Awards banquet in the spring, and also deliver the convocation address on behalf of their class. Their name is placed on a permanent plaque in the College of Education building. Criteria for selection include outstanding scholarship, service to the College of Education and campus, and potential leadership in the field of education. Nominations, due in mid-March, are solicited from faculty and staff. The Awards Committee of the Educational Alumni Association makes the final selection.