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Financial Aid, Assistantships, and Scholarships

Graduate students in the IS program may be eligible for several different types of financial aid:

 


Graduate Assistantships

Each semester, the School of Information Technology offers a number of teaching assistantships for qualified, full-time students in the IT master’s program. Graduate Assistantships are typically not offered at the time of admission to the program. Newly admitted students are interviewed for remaining positions when they arrive on campus.

All Graduate Assistantships include a full tuition waiver (including a tuition waiver for classes taken during the following summer) and a monthly stipend. Half-time graduate assistants work an average of 10 hours per week, and full-time graduate assistants work an average of 20 hours of work per week. Teaching assistants are provided office space with shared computer workstations.

Teaching assistants typically assist with labs for courses such as the following:

  • IT 115, Reasoning About Complex Systems (includes use of a simulation tool)
  • IT 140, Introduction to the Computer World (includes Dreamweaver)
  • IT 150, Using Microcomputer Productivity Tools (Microsoft Office)
  • IT 168, Structured Problem Solving Using the Computer (Java programming)

Eligibility Requirements

 

Only full-time students are eligible for graduate assistantships, with the exception of students in their final semester with fewer than 9 credit hours of requirements remaining.

New graduate students

  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA during last 60 hours of undergraduate/graduate work
  • Minimum revised GRE score of 300 (Verbal plus Quantitative) preferred
  • Admission to IT graduate program
  • Excellent communication skills

Currently enrolled graduate students

  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA for graduate courses at ISU
  • Minimum revised GRE score of 300 (Verbal plus Quantitative) preferred
  • Admission to IT graduate program
  • Excellent communication skills

Application Guidelines

 

You may apply online for graduate assistantships in the School of Information Technology and in other departments across campus. The online application system will allow you to create an application and search and apply for available positions.

If you have limited Internet access, the application is available in alternative formats upon request by contacting the Graduate School at (309) 438-2583.

 

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Graduate Tuition Waivers

The School of Information Technology awards Graduate Trustees' tuition waivers to eligible IT graduate students on a semester-by-semester basis.

During the first two weeks of classes each semester, students admitted to the IT graduate program may apply for a Graduate Trustee’s Tuition Waiver. Students not receiving tuition waivers through Graduate Assistantships may be eligible for these partial tuition waivers.


Eligibility requirements

 

Both full-time and part-time students are eligible for tuition waivers. Only students who have completed less than two years full-time or 40 credit hours are eligible. Students need not demonstrate financial need. Tuition waivers minimum requirements are as follows:

New graduate students

  • 3.2 minimum cumulative GPA during last 60 hours of undergraduate/graduate work
  • Minimum revised GRE score of 300 (Verbal plus Quantitative)
  • Admission to IT graduate program

Currently enrolled graduate students

  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA for graduate courses at ISU
  • Admission to IT graduate program

Application Guidelines

 

To apply, please complete and submit the Graduate Tuition Waiver Application electronically to the IT Graduate Advisor, Sherry Jerome, at sjerome@ilstu.edu. An electronic signature, using a text box, is acceptable. Only forms submitted electronically will be considered.

 

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Federal Financial Aid

If you are a United States Citizen or United States Permanent Resident, you may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid. To find out more, you may wish to visit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) web site or Illinois State University’s Financial Aid Office web site.

 

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Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants-In-Aid

Depending upon your heritage and academic and career goals, you may be eligible for other scholarships, fellowships, and/or grants-in-aid of research and professional development. For example, the following scholarship programs are available here at ISU:

  • Donald F. McHenry Fellowship
  • Illinois State Foundation Fellowship
  • Lela Winegarner Scholarship
  • Fulbright Scholarships
  • Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship Program
  • Grants-in-Aid of Research and Professional Development

In order to learn more about eligibility requirements and application deadlines for these and other scholarships and fellowships, please visit the Graduate School’s Applications for Assistance page.

 

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