One of the things that attract students to SIUE's program is the number of graduate assistantships available. Approximately 4 students receive Head Start Assitantships, there are often other assistantships available across campus, historically 12-15 of our 30 students have received assistantships. Students with assistantships work 10 hours per week and receive a stipend of $400 per month plus full tuition benefits. Many departments across campus offer assistantships, so if a student does not get one within the department, an assistantship can often be obtained elsewhere.
Qualified students may also apply for a Competitive Graduate Award fellowship, which carries a stipend for the academic year and a full tuition waiver in return for graduate research assistant work. Other financial assistance for graduate students include the Graduate Scholar Award, James Walker Graduate Scholarship, Illinois fellowships, grants, and loans. Residents from all bordering states pay Illinois in-state tuition and fees if enrolled for up to six semester hours of credit each term.