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Financial Support

This information is for students enrolled in a graduate degree program in the department.

Graduate Assistantship

The department awards graduate assistantships to first year students. Graduate assistants must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and must enroll for at least nine graduate credits for the fall and spring semesters. An assistantship includes a monthly salary that is subject to applicable taxes and a tuition waiver for fall, spring, and summer semesters. The availability of graduate assistantships is subject to receipt of anticipated funding from the state of Illinois, and the student must be eligible for employment based on U.S. immigration laws.

Students are notified by the department if they are eligible for an assistantship. The student must complete the graduate assistant application before receiving an employment contract from the University. Students who accept a graduate assistantship are employees of the University and the state of Illinois. Under the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (5ILCS 430/5-10), state employees must complete the Mandatory Governmental Ethics Online Training each year. Graduate assistants are notified during the fall semester of the deadline for completing the ethics training. Graduate assistants who do not complete the ethics training will lose their assistantship and tuition waiver, and are banned from any future assistantship at the University.

Laura Berk Developmental Psychology Graduate Teaching Fellowship

Dr. Laura Berk (Distinguished Professor Psychology Emerita) established the Developmental Psychology Graduate Teaching Fellowship for a master's student admitted to Developmental Psychology. The Fellowship supports a second year graduate student with an assistantship for teaching a developmental psychology course. The department also provides the student with a full tuition waiver. Each year the developmental psychology faculty selects a first year graduate student as the Fellow; the student's faculty mentor helps prepare the student to teach a college-level class during the following academic year. The graduate student is required to enroll in PSY 491Internship in College Teaching of Psychology before teaching a psychology course.

Audrey J. Grupe Fellowship in School Psychology

The Audrey J. Grupe Fellowship in School Psychology was established and funded by gifts from Dr. Audrey J. Grupe and Mary Jane McCarthy, to recognize the financial aid they received while pursuing their degrees and to commemorate their professional careers. They wish to help fellowship recipients, from their home states, earn graduate degrees in school psychology so that the recipients might provide services to children and their families in a school setting. Applicants who accept admission to the specialist program in School Psychology and hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in Illinois or Indiana are automatically considered eligible for the Grupe Fellowship.

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Federal Government Loans

Federal Student Aid website (also known as FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Psi Chi

Psi Chi Graduate Awards & Grants website Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology