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 and to learn about options for graduate students, contact:
Financial Aid Office
Idaho State University
Room 337, Museum Building, Campus Box 8077
Pocatello, ID 83209-8077
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 below, 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.
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 9 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. However, since the Idaho State Board of Education requires that graduate assistants be full-time fee-paying students, graduate assistants who are approved to take fewer than full-time graduate credits will still be charged full-time tuition/fees.
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.
Tuition and fee scholarships accompany all graduate assistantships and DA fellowships but are offered as separate scholarships.
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.
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 via the information in the table below for details and applications.
Please be aware the entire DA fellowship award (tuition/fee scholarship and the monthly stipend) is disbursed as scholarships so will impact a student's federal financial aid eligibility.
Life Sciences Bldg.
Liberal Arts Bldg.
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Business Admin. Bldg.
Process for awarding graduate assistantships and DA fellowships
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.
Other Funding Sources
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 directory. 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:
Biological Sciences: PhD and DA
English and the Teaching of English
Medical Laboratory Science
PH.D. in Clinical Psychology and the Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology
M.A. Historical Resources Management
Waste Management and Environmental Science
Master of Public Health, Clinical Mental Health
Marriage, Couple and Family; School Counseling, MA
Nuclear Science and Engineering, MS and PhD
Health Informatics, MSHI
For more information please visit the WRGP website.
If you think you are eligible for the WRGP please contact Weston Whitworth at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Non-Resident Tuition Waivers (NRTW)
Non-Resident Tuition Waivers (NRTWs) 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 Graduate School's online Non-Resident Tuition Waiver form.
NRTW applications must be received by May 1 for the following Fall Semester consideration and by November 1st for the following Spring Semester.
NRTWs 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.
- Must be full-time (at least 9 credits each semester)
- Must be a degree-seeking graduate student
- Must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 at the time of award and for award renewal
- Awards are renewable for up to eight semesters based on meeting the minimum criteria
- Preference given to academically superior students in under-subscribed majors
- Students must reapply for Non-Resident Tuition Waivers every year
- Late applications will not be considered
- Students who are not admitted with Classified status on the deadline date are not eligible to receive a Non-Resident Tuition Waiver
- Students who have a GPA below 3.0 on deadline date are not eligible to receive a Non-Resident Tuition Waiver
- Waivers are awarded based upon a ranking system using the current NRTW applicants' GRE/MAT/GMAT scores and entry GPA
- Students must be full time (Classified Admission Status) degree-seeking students in order to be considered for an NRTW
- There are a very limited number of waivers. Many qualified applicants will not receive a waiver due to the limited number of waivers available
- Time accrued while receiving a Non-Resident Tuition Waiver WILL NOT contribute toward the length of time required for Idaho Residency status
- The Art and Pre-Architecture Department no longer requires the GRE for admission; however, GRE scores are used to calculate eligibility for NRTW awards. Students who do not provide scores will not be eligible to receive a Non-Resident Tuition Waiver
- Recipients of NRTWs will be notified as soon as possible following determination of awards.
- An NRTW application is not required for application to Graduate School
Approved Technology-Related Majors for Technology Waivers for Graduate students:
- Civil Engineering
- MBA/Computer Information Systems Emphasis
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering and Applied Science
- Environmental Engineering
- Hazardous Waste Management
- Health Physics
- Historical Resources Management (M.A.)
- Instructional Technology (Ed.D.)
- Instructional Technology (M.Ed.)
- Measurement and Control Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
Programs that do not qualify for a NRTW:
- Speech Language Pathology
- Occupational Therapy
- Physician’s Assistant
- Physical Therapy