Financing a graduate degree
Financing a graduate degree is a crucial part of attaining an advanced degree. Iowa State and the Graduate College are aware of this need and provide services to assist with your financial planning. Please visit with the Graduate College for further resources.
Approximately 80% of all Ph.D. students across the Iowa State campus receive an assistantship appointment, including teaching assistantships and research assistantships. Graduate students have specific requirements that must be met in order to be considered for assistantship. Those who are on assistantship receive a monthly stipend, tuition and fee reduction, along with other benefits.
A graduate assistantship (GA) is a form of student aid that combines training with income (Graduate College handbook 3.2). There are three types of assistantships:
Graduate assistantships for students in the School of Education graduate programs are not guaranteed. Consult your program area or adviser for details. Student affairs master’s students use a program-specific process for their assistantships. Information about assistantships is provided through the program admission process and by the program once students have completed their first year.