Financial aid for graduate students in history comes in two forms—Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Tuition Waiver.
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.
During each academic year, the Department of History has some funds that can be used to cover a waiver of tuition costs for selected graduate students. Graduate assistants receive tuition waivers automatically because of their contracts with the University. All other graduate students are encouraged to apply for a Graduate Tuition Waiver, which can cover up to a maximum of 12 credit hours per semester. Students who receive money during any particular semester continue to remain eligible for further waivers in succeeding semesters, but must reapply each semester.
The deadlines for applications are:
For a waiver to cover spring semester hours: November 1st
For a waiver to cover summer and/or fall semester hours: April 1st.
Due to limited funds, tuition waivers, either full or partial, are awarded competitively based on the following criteria:
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.
Sharon Foiles, Graduate Secretary at email@example.com
Students interested in pursuing an assistantship can apply online through the Illinois State jobs website.