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Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistants (GAs) are expected to perform two principal duties. They stand ready to tutor our Principles students in the PC Lab or in the GA office. Part of the time they also help faculty with the collection or analysis of data or other types of academic work. A GAship covers full tuition plus currently $860 per month for nine months. Note that GAs must still pay student fees which are roughly around $1000 per semester. On the other hand, if you are staying on campus during summer, the assistantship also pays the tuition for summer classes.

If you have completed the admission application process described above, the only additional document required is your application for a Graduate Assistantship (GA). You may access the application by going here: http://castle.eiu.edu/~graduate/assistantships/assistantships.php, and clicking an item on the right called "on-line application", or by directly going here: https://castle.eiu.edu/~graduate/GAapplication/GAappl.php. Currently, we do not require GRE scores for assistantship decisions. But we do encourage you to submit your score if you have taken it recently. If you plan to take GRE soon, work hard for it since a high GRE score does indeed figure into the consideration of a GA award together with other things you have submitted. In addition, if you think you have had work experience that will enhance your economics education, or if you have acquired other relevant skills, highlight them in your Statement of Purpose and send the necessary documentation. Examples of such skills include mathematics or statistics beyond what your transcripts show.

International Scholarships

For international students, there is another application available here: http://www.eiu.edu/~interntl/internationalscholarship.php There, click on Financial Assistance and then International Student Scholarship. Much useful information of various kinds is available on that page including the application form you may want to fill and print. You may direct other inquiries about international scholarship to the ISS office: interntl@eiu.edu.

Financial Affidavit information is available from the International Students and Scholars (ISS) office. You may send an email to interntl@eiu.edu.