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Financial Aid

Financial aid for graduate students in history comes in two forms—Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Tuition Waiver.

  • Take note that the process of applying for financial aid is a separate process from applying for admission and that separate applications must be submitted for a Graduate Assistantship and for a tuition waiver.

Graduate Assistantships

Several graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) are available each fall and spring semesters, which offer stipend plus  tuition waivers. Competition for these awards—which serve as our primary means of financial support—can be, as you would expect, tough, with applicants normally having a GPA of 3.2 or more, sometimes considerably more.

The department’s Graduate Committee typically reviews applications for assistantships following its review of applications for admission. Applicants are initially judged on the basis of academic and student achievement, and recommendations. Once we receive word from the Graduate School that admission letters have been sent we can then contact students who have applied for assistantships. Most assistantships are awarded within three to five weeks following the application deadline, but the department sometime receives additional funding for assistantships just prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters to cover newly opened lower division classes. Those who apply for an assistantship but who do not receive an award in the initial round are placed in priority order on a “wait-list” that the department draws from when additional assistantships become available.

Tuition Waivers

In addition to Graduate Teaching Assistantships, the department awards each semester several tuition waivers. These grants, which are awarded on a semester-by-semester basis, range from full to partial waivers, depending upon the amount of funds available from semester to semester and the number of applications it receives for the grants. 

Because funds are limited, the department, in keeping with the University’s state-wide mission, places higher priority in awarding tuition waivers to those students who are teachers or who are hoping to become teachers, but for most semesters funding for waivers is sufficiently generous to encourage any student to apply. We urge any student, full or part-time, who is not already receiving costs for tuition to submit an application.

Other sources of financial aid

Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Tuition Waivers represent the two forms of financial aid that the History Department itself has available, but other grants, scholarships, and loans, as well as other assistantships and various employment opportunities are occasionally available through other academic and university departments

All university financial aid is coordinated through the Financial Aid office located in Fell Hall 231, where Financial Aid advisors are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All candidates for the program are strongly encouraged to contact the Graduate School for more detailed information about financial aid and grant programs.


Questions regarding applications can be directed to:

Sharon Foiles, Graduate Secretary at


Assistantship Application

Students interested in pursuing an assistantship can apply online through the Illinois State jobs website.

Email History

Department of History
Normal, Il 61790-4420
Phone: (309) 438-5641
Fax: (309) 438-5607