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. labor 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 tuition waiver for fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Students are notified if they are eligible for an assistantship in the department and are sent an employment contract. 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' Ethics Training website and the deadline for completing the 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.


Other University Resources

Financial Aid Office website

Graduate School's Funding website

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.

Human Resources website

University Club Scholarship website

American Psychologyical Association

APA Scholarships, Grants, and Awards website

APAGS Scholarships and Awards website
American Psychological Association of Graduate Students

Federal Government Loans

Federal Student Aid website for information about low-interest loans

Psi Chi

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