Funding Options

There are several funding options for graduate students, including: assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, 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.

Most HESA M.A.* and Ph.D. students fund their education through graduate assistantships. Graduate assistantships at The University of Iowa are designed to provide students with work experience and the means to finance their education, while providing the University with the benefit of an innovative work force. Assistantships are closely related to specific departments or fields, and all require specific skills or aptitudes. Responsibilities often include student services, advising, programming, teaching, or administrative duties. In addition to assistantships in student affairs areas, students might be eligible to work for faculty members as research assistants if funds are available, or as teaching assistants in the department.

Additional information can also be found through the Graduate College.

*M.A. students in the Student Affairs track are required to hold an approved graduate assistantship. These graduate assistantships are not part of the COGS union collective bargaining agreement, and assistantship remuneration varies. Students admitted to the Student Affairs track work closely with the program to identify assistantships 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.

*M.A. students in the Student Affairs track are exempt from the COGS union collective bargaining agreement and assistantship remuneration varies.

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 in the Student Affairs track are exempt from the COGS union collective bargaining agreement and should review assistantship position descriptions for accurate information about remuneration.

M.A. Assistantships

Assistantship Requirements

Students in the Student Affairs track are required to have an approved assistantship or work at an approved site. Admission to the Student Affairs track is contingent upon securing an approved assistantship. Students in the Administration & Policy track are not required to have an assistantship.

Types of Available Assistantships

The availability of assistantships varies each year. Some common areas include: Residence Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health and Wellness, 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.

Number of Available Assistantships

The number of available positions varies each year and will not be solidified until Campus Visit Days. Typically, the university has 10-12 available assistantships at approved sites.

Assistantship Interviews (M.A.)

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

Student Contact During Assistantships

The assistantships are intended to allow students to apply theory to practice. While there are not a required number of contact hours, most assistantships do involve substantive direct student interaction. Position descriptions will be provided with the list of available positions.

Research Positions (M.A.)

M.A. students may have the opportunity to join existing research teams. Typically, these are volunteer opportunities.

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.

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.