Funding and Support


The financial information below provides a listing of the categories of financial help which may be available to graduate students. However, in many instances specific sources of assistance are available only at certain times of the year and require application with a deadline enforced. With respect to campus-based aid (special non-resident waivers, loans, and college work study), applications should be made the January preceding the fall/spring semester for which aid is desired. To obtain specific details about a particular type of financial assistance, contact the Financial Aid Office, Room 337, Museum Building, Campus Box 8077, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID 83209-8077, (208)282-2756.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To retain financial support as a graduate student, almost all sources of funds require that the student must maintain satisfactory academic progress. For graduate assistantships and fellowships, students ordinarily must earn nine graduate credit hours or more each semester and maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Some departments may require additional evidence of satisfactory progress for a student to remain eligible to receive assistantship or fellowship support. Students who receive financial aid through the Financial Aid Office must meet the criteria established by that office for satisfactory progress to remain eligible for further aid.

 

Assistantships and Fellowships

All assistantships and fellowships are awarded at the departmental or college level (for example, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy). Requests for consideration of these awards should be directed to the department chair or graduate program director of a specific academic unit. Most assistantships and fellowships are awarded on an academic year basis. These awards are made in mid-semester in the spring for the following academic year. To ensure consideration, a request for such financial support should be made to the academic unit by February.

Only students admitted as degree-seeking students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships or fellowships. Non-degree-seeking students are not eligible to receive assistantships. Because full-time graduate assistants are expected to work up to 20 hours per week, the maximum number of credits an assistant may earn in a given semester is 12. Normally, a full-time graduate assistant is expected to carry a minimum of 9 graduate credits, which is a full-time load. DA fellows are expected to carry a minimum of 9 graduate credits per semester.

Permission to carry fewer than nine or more than 12 credits may be granted by the Dean of the Graduate School upon written recommendation of the student's advisor or program director.

For 2010-2011 academic year, stipends for full-time graduate assistants and fellows range from $9,401.20 (masters level) to $12,281.60 (doctoral fellow) for nine months. Doctoral graduate assistants ordinarily receive higher stipends than those at the masters level. Full-time graduate assistants and fellows also may be awarded scholarships to cover in-state student fees, student health insurance, and non-resident tuition in addition to the stipend.

A student with a graduate assistantship or fellowship may be employed by the university for compensation in addition to the awarded stipend. This employment may only occur with permission of the Dean of the Graduate School and usually must be limited to 10 hours per week. Requests for permission for such employment must be sent in writing by the department chair or graduate program director to the Dean of the Graduate School.

Graduate Assistantships(GA)

There are about 250 GAs available for the entire university; most of these require serving as an instructor for a department. An individual department may have only two or three assistantships to award. Most of these are awarded late spring semester for the next academic year. Full-time GAs are expected to work up to 20 hours/week for their stipend. Contact departmental chair or graduate program directors for application materials.

Graduate assistants who are international students, whose native language is not English, and who have been assigned to teach may be asked to complete an English speaking proficiency examination administered by the Student Success Center.

Normally, graduate assistants are involved in classroom instruction, supervision of laboratory sections, grading papers and/or examinations, assisting faculty members in research activities, or other equivalent duties.

Research Assistantships (RA)

Research Assistantships are available throughout the university through grant monies or other external sources. Conditions of employment and amounts of compensation vary. Questions about such sources of support should be directed to the academic departments or colleges.

Fellowships

There are 26 Doctor of Art Fellowships awarded each year to students admitted to and enrolled in the Doctor of Arts program. These are available only in the Departments of Biological Sciences, English, Mathematics and Political Science. Most of these are awarded late spring-early summer each year. Contact these departments for details and applications. See location/phone below.

Contact Location Phone
Biological Sciences Life Sciences Bldg. 282-3765
English Liberal Arts Bldg. 282-2478
Mathematics Physical Sciences Bldg. 282-3350
Political Science Business Admin. Bldg. 282-2211

Tuition and Fee Scholarships

Tuition and fee scholarships accompany all graduate assistantships and DA fellowships but are offered as separate scholarships.

Non-Resident Tuition Waivers (NRTW)

Non-Resident Tuition Waivers do not cover the required in-state enrollment fees, but only the non-resident tuition. Unless other scholarships are awarded, the student must pay the in-state enrollment fees each semester or term. These awards are distributed on a competitive basis by the Graduate School. Students should apply using the form supplied by the Graduate School. Application must be received by May 1st for the following Fall Semester consideration and by November 1st for the following Spring Semester. Non-Resident Tuition Waivers may be granted for the academic year or for one semester only. Awards are made after final grades for the current semester are recorded.

Out of State Scholar NRTWs are used to recruit top non-resident students to ISU. The number of awards available is based on available annual funding. Out of State Scholar NRTWs are highly competitive, consequently the average GPA awarded is typically a 3.75 or higher. These awards waive the total amount of non-resident tuition.

Minimum Criteria:

NRTW Rules

Approved Technology-Related Majors for Technology Waivers for GRADUATE

Programs that do not qualify for a NRTW: Counseling, CSED, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physicians Assistant & Physical Therapy

Loans

Loans may be available to graduate students; however, not all categories of loans are available to graduate students. To be certain about application and eligibility requirements contact the Financial Aid Office, Room 337, Museum Building, Campus Box 8077, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID 83209-8077, (208) 282-2756.

Grants

Federal grant programs administered by the Financial Aid Office are not available to graduate students. Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and State Student Incentive Grant Programs are only available to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree.

Employment Information

A student with a graduate assistantship or fellowship may be employed by the university for compensation in addition to the awarded stipend. This employment may only occur with permission of the Dean of the Graduate School and usually must be limited to 10 hours per week. Requests for permission for such employment must be sent in writing by the department chair or graduate program director to the Dean of the Graduate School.

Thesis and Dissertation Research Costs

Academic departments ordinarily are expected to meet at least some of the costs of thesis and dissertation research. In some instances such costs may be met by extramural funds obtained by faculty and/or departments. With the exception of the small research grant program listed above, the Office of Research does not provide funds for such purposes and will refer students to the department chair or dean of the college when such requests occur. Publication costs of theses and dissertations are met by the student unless a faculty member or department chooses to pay such costs with funds available to them.

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

The Western Regional Graduate Program WRGP) makes high-quality, distinctive graduate programs and healthcare-related programs available to students of the West at the resident tuition rate. As part of the Student Exchange Program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, WRGP helps place students in a wide range of graduate programs, all designed around the educational, social, and economic needs of the West.

Through WRGP, residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming are eligible to enroll in available programs outside of their home state at resident tuition rates. Students need not demonstrate financial need.

To be included in WRGP, programs must meet the criteria of distinctiveness (if they are not related to healthcare) and quality. Programs are nominated by their institutions, peer reviewed by other graduate institutions in the West, and then researched and reviewed by WICHE staff for final approval. At this time, some 250 programs from more than 45 Western institutions participate. A full list of WRGP programs is on the WRGP website.

To be considered for the WRGP tuition rate, students simply apply directly to the department of the enrolling institution and identify themselves as WICHE WRGP applicants. Contact information for each participating program is listed in the WRGP online diredctory. WRGP students must fulfill all the usual requirements of the department and institution concerned, and meet all admission deadlines.

The following graduate programs at Idaho State University have been approved by WRGP:

Audiology - AuD; Biological Sciences: PhD and DA; Deaf Education; English and the Teaching of English; Mathematics; Medical Laboratory Science; Political Science; Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and the Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology; Speech-Language Pathology; Waste Management and Environmental Science; M.A. Historical Resources Management.

For more information please visit the WRGP website: http://www.wiche.edu.

If you think you are eligible for the WRGP please contact Paul Winder at windpaul@isu.edu with your name, student ID, your state of residency and your degree program. Indicate in the email that you think you qualify for the WRGP.

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