Tuition & Financial Support

While tuition for graduate students in 2018-19 is $7,006/semester for Illinois residents and $12,036/semester for nonresidents, the iSchool is generally able to offer full support for PhD students for four years.

How is support provided?

Financial support includes a combination of the following:

  • Research assistantships (typically 50%, or 20 hours per week)
  • Teaching assistantships (typically 50%, or 20 hours per week) 
  • Fellowships (tied to the dissertation process) 

These forms of financial aid generally include full or partial tuition and fee waivers for 11 months (2 out of 3 months in summer). Students will owe additional fees assessed by the University of Illinois, approximately $550 (in Fall and Spring) and $300 (in Summer).

How are assistantships determined?

Students work with their advisors to express their assistantship interests to Executive Associate Dean Linda Smith, who coordinates assignments each term (fall, spring, summer) for the following term (spring, summer, fall). Financial support is awarded at the time of admission, and information about the overall support awarded will be included in the admissions letter. However, your form of financial support may vary from semester to semester. It is important to closely monitor emails from Dean Smith about assistantship assignments in upcoming semesters to find appointments suited to your needs and interests.

While most assistantships for PhD students are awarded by the iSchool, information about additional opportunities is available from the Assistantship Clearinghouse and the University Library.

What are my obligations as a research and teaching assistant?

The Graduate Assistant Employee Orientation, which is offered through the Graduate College, provides orientation for teaching, research, graduate, and pre-professional assistants on terms of appointment, waivers, stipends and benefits. We expect our students to attend this orientation. We also require our PhD students who TA to take FERPA training.

Students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress (minimum GPA 3.25 on a 4.0 scale) in order to be eligible for continued support. Students holding fellowships must register as full-time students (12 hours in Fall and Spring and 4 hours in Summer Session II). Those holding 50% assistantships awarded and/or administered by the School must be registered for at least 10 hours each semester during the academic year. Students with assistantships in the library or elsewhere on campus must follow the enrollment requirements of the units employing them. Students may seek additional opportunities in the forms of hourly funding or additional assistantships, but total assistantship appointments may not exceed 67% in order to remain eligible for full or partial tuition and fee waivers. See the Graduate College handbook for details, including restrictions on % time employment for international students.

Can I also work as a graduate hourly employee?

Graduate hourly positions are usually supplemental to assistantships at the doctoral level, and do not come with stipends or tuition waivers. See also Graduate College resources for additional information. 
 

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Meg Edwards
Meg Edwards, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs