Department of Psychology at Illinois State University

Financial Assistance

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

Graduate Assistantship

The department routinely awards graduate assistantships to first year students. The decision to award an assistantship is subject to the University's receipt of anticipated funding from the state of Illinois. Graduate assistants must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), enroll for at least nine credit hours for the fall and spring semesters, and be eligible for employment based on U.S. Immigration laws. Awarding an assistantship is based on a variety of factors, e.g., matching job-related skills and availability of the student with specific department needs. An assistantship includes a monthly salary that is subject to applicable taxes and a waiver for the full academic year.

Students are notified if they are eligible for an assistantship in the department. 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 each year the Mandatory Governmental Ethics Online Training. Graduate assistants are notified during the fall semester of the state website and 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.

Graduate assistantships outside the department are listed on the University's Human Resources website.

Other Financial Resources

See the APA Scholarships, Grants, and Awards website
American Psychological Association

See the APAGS Scholarships and Awards website
American Psychological Association of Graduate Students

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

Federal Government Loans

See the Federal Student Aid website for information about low-interest loans from the federal government.

Financial Aid

See the Financial Aid Office website for information about grants, scholarships, loans, and employment.

Graduate School

See the Graduate School's Funding website for information about financial assistance.

See the Graduate School's Symposium website for information about research grants, which provides funds for research projects that will be presented at the University Student Symposium or at a referred conference. The department may provide matching funds pending budget availability.

University Club Awards

See the University Club Scholarship website for information. The scholarship program is open to current Illinois State students on the basis of application, essay, and three letters of recommendation.

Loan Interest Deferment

For information about the possibility of a loan interest deferment (granted during an internship), contact the Loan Servicing Center at (800) 848-0979.