Funding Options

There are several funding options for graduate students, including: assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, internships, personal funding, and student loans. There are a limited number of scholarships and fellowships available to students. Entering and current students might be eligible for university fellowships coordinated by the Graduate College. Consult with your advisor if you wish to be nominated for one of these fellowships. Students might also be eligible for nationally competitive fellowships. Each year, the Iowa Testing Programs award a limited number of full-ride fellowships to students with outstanding academic credentials in the College of Education. For information about these special graduate assistantships (SGA), contact the Iowa Testing Program early in the application process.

*M.A. students enrolling full-time are required to hold an approved graduate internship. These graduate internships are not part of the COGS union collective bargaining agreement, and internship remuneration varies. Students admitted to the M.A. program work closely with the program to identify internships at approved sites.

Quarter-time and Half-time Assistantships

Assistantships provide valuable experience, open new career paths, and help finance your graduate education. Students may have a cumulative total of a half-time (20 hours per week) assistantship. Positions vary from quarter-time (10 hours per week) to half-time (20 hours per week) and may be appointed on a semester, academic-year (9 months), or fiscal year (12 months) basis. Students with a half-time appointment should not seek additional assistantships. Current rates (salary and tuition and fee scholarships) for graduate assistantships that honor the COGS union collective bargaining agreement* are available on the Office of the Dean's Finance Page. These positions are typically held by Ph.D. students.

Tuition and Fees

Accurate information about tuition and fee rates can be found on the Office of the Registrar Tuition and Fees page. Select the appropriate session and select the Graduate College. Then under “Filter by Curricular College,” select the College of Education. Assistantship rates (salary and tuition scholarships) for graduate assistantships that honor the COGS union collective bargaining agreement are available on the Office of the Dean's Finance page.

All contract-covered employees appointed at quarter-time or more will receive one hundred percent (100%) tuition scholarship each semester based upon the Board of Regents resident graduate student tuition rate for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). All contract-covered employees appointed at quarter-time or more and assessed the College of Education tuition supplement will also receive a tuition scholarship for one hundred percent (100%) of the College of Education tuition supplement for fall and spring semesters. M.A. students are exempt from the COGS union collective bargaining agreement and should communicate with HESA program staff for specific information regarding remuneration.

M.A. Fellowships

MA students who are fully admitted and do not work full time are awarded fellowships, and partial tuition scholarships. A graduate internship is required for full admission. Graduate internships at The University of Iowa are designed to provide students with work experience, while providing the University with the benefit of an innovative work force. Internships are closely related to specific departments or fields, and all require specific skills or aptitudes.

Internship Requirements

Students in the M.A. program are required to have an approved internship or work at an approved site. Full admission to the Student Affairs track is contingent upon securing an approved internship.

Types of Available Internships

The availability of internships varies each year. Some common areas include: Residence Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Orientation, and Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. This list is not all-inclusive, and is not a guarantee of particular availability. While additional positions sometimes become available later in the process, a list of available positions will be provided to individuals invited for Campus Visit Days.

Assistantship Interviews (M.A.)

During Campus Visit Days students will have the opportunity to interview for available internships. Following CVD, the program completes a matching process based upon student preference and supervisor rankings. Students will be offered one internship and have until April 15 to provide their acceptance.

M.A. Internship

In rare circumstances, M.A. students may hold quarter or half-time graduate assistantships. Graduate assistantships for M.A. students typically involve research, such as with the special graduate assistantships (SGA). M.A. students may also hold graduate assistantships in administrative settings that are core to the University’s function, but are housed outside the Division of Student Life. A M.A. student holding this type of position would still be required to gain experience working with students through direct substantive interaction.

Ph.D. Assistantships

Students in the Ph.D. program obtain funding from a variety of sources. Ph.D. students have options for research assistantships, administrative assistantships, and some practitioner assistantships.

Additional information can also be found through the Graduate College.

Research Assistantships

The program typically has several available research positions, however, position availability varies by year. Each of the program faculty is actively working on their research agenda and may have funding during any given year. Students can contact specific faculty to learn about opportunities.

Pursuing Your Research Interests

Students have many research opportunities. Some research assistantships may provide opportunities for students to explore their own interests. Additionally, students are invited to participate in other research teams of interest. Many class assignments and projects are also designed to become research papers or presentations. HESA students have a collaborative environment and often work together on research projects. Faculty within the HESA program has access to several data sources, which further enable students to explore research of interest.

Administrative Assistantships

There are several options for administrative positions including: HESA Program Assistant and EPLS Assistant. These individuals help with planning and coordinating events, communications, and the other tasks to help the program and department to run effectively.