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Financial Opportunities for Graduate Students

Deadline March 1

March 1 is the deadline for preferred consideration for Graduate Assistantships, Graduate Student Foundation Fellowship, and the AOP grants, although some programs may have earlier deadlines. Please check with the appropriate college/department for information.

Paying for Graduate School

There are several financial opportunities for graduate students to take advantage of through the Office of Graduate Studies at UW-Eau Claire. View some of them below.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Graduate Student Foundation Fellowships are awarded on the basis of scholarship and scholarly potential. Fellowship recipients must be admitted to full standing in a degree program (or be eligible for full standing upon completion of their baccalaureate degree). Students must be enrolled in at least three graduate credit hours per semester; one graduate credit hour during the summer session, or be enrolled for an approved number of thesis credits during the semester in which the award is paid. The values of the fellowships are approximately $500 per semester.  Smaller figures may be available during the summer session when resources permit. 

To be eligible for a graduate assistantship position, a student must be admitted in full standing to a graduate degree program.  Graduate assistants must be enrolled at least part-time (i.e. at least four graduate credits or enrollment in a full-time equivalent course) each fall/spring semester.  Based on best practices and international student regulations, graduate assistants employed for the maximum 20 hrs/wk (full-time) should not enroll in more than ten credits/semester.  The majority of assistantship contracts are for 9-months, late August through mid-May.  The salary of a GA assignment for 13.3 hrs/wk is approximately $7744; salary of a GA assignment for 20 hrs/wk is approximately $11,627.  Graduate assistantship contracts for at least 13.3 hours per week may also include:

  • group health insurance at a minimal cost (single or family coverages available).
  • non-resident student tuition remission (up to $5017/semester), if funds available. Minnesota residents must apply for MN/WI tuition reciprocity, but may still be eligible for a partial non-resident tuition remission (up to $1170/semester), if funds available.
  • resident partial tuition remission (current value is $50/semester for Wisconsin residents).

International students enrolled in an online program are not eligible for graduate assistantship employment.

Students enrolled in an online flat-rate tuition program are not eligible for a tuition remission (since resident & non-resident students pay the same tuition).

See sample graduate assistantship positions offered for 2021-2022 below.

Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) awards are based, in part, on admission to full standing in a degree program (or eligibility for full standing upon completion of the baccalaureate degree).

AOP grants are for under-represented racial/ethnic minority students and economically disadvantaged non-minority graduate students; however, priority is given to economically disadvantaged minority students. Only students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible for these awards.

All AOP recipients must maintain good academic standing, make satisfactory academic progress in their graduate program, and demonstrate financial need. In the semester/session during which the award is received, recipients must carry an academic load of at least four credit hours (three credit hours during the summer session), or be enrolled in at least one thesis credit.

To be considered for an AOP grant, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the Office of Financial Aid, and complete the AOP application with the Office of Graduate Studies. The priority date for filing an AOP application with the Office of Graduate Studies is March 1 for the upcoming academic year, including the following summer session; however, applications will continue to be accepted as funding remains available. All graduate students enrolled in a degree program at UW-Eau Claire are welcome to apply for the AOP grants; preference is given to full-time, on-campus, Wisconsin resident students. Out-of-state students who receive an AOP grant may be eligible to receive a partial or full non-resident tuition remission the semester/session in which the grant is received. 

Tuition Remission for Graduate Assistants:  Students employed at least 13.3-hrs/wk as a graduate assistant may receive a partial or full remission of non-resident tuition.  A non-resident student employed at least 13.3-hrs/wk and enrolled full-time would save almost $10,000 per year.  Wisconsin residents who are employed at least 13.3-hrs/wk receive a $50 remission per semester. Students enrolled in a flat-rate tuition program do not qualify for out-of-state tuition remission since all students pay the same rate regardless of residency. 

Minnesota/Wisconsin Reciprocity: Minnesota residents may be eligible for MN/WI reciprocity.  Reciprocity is a benefit of residents of Minnesota attending a Wisconsin school, to pay tuition and fees compared to in-state students.  You must apply for reciprocity through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.   

Midwest Student Exchange Program:  Legal residents of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, or Ohio, qualify for reduced tuition rates.  Ex:  In 2019-20, a qualifying MSEP student enrolled full-time would save almost $6000 per year (vs. paying non-resident tuition).   Exceptions to this tuition discount program include the DNP degree and most of the online graduate programs with flat-rate tuition.

Foreign Student Tuition Remission:  International graduate students who are NOT enrolled in a flat-rate tuition program are eligible for a non-resident tuition remission, whereby the University provides a full or partial waiver of the non-resident portion of tuition.  If interested, please notify Graduate Studies as soon as possible; funds are limited.

How to apply

Complete and submit the online Application for Graduate Assistantships, Fellowships and/or Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP). All are included in one form - follow the appropriate link below.

If you have a UWEC email account, apply here.   

If you have a non-UWEC email account, apply here.

2021-2022 Graduate Assistantship Positions

Below are several graduate assistantship positions that will be offered during the 2021-2022 academic year.  More positions may be available.  Students are often employed in GA positions outside of their graduate program, so please explore your options. Descriptions include the hiring office, approximate number of hours contracted to work per week, abbreviated job description, prerequisites needed/preferred, and program of admission preference, if any. The majority of GA contracts are for 9-months, August 23, 2021 through May 22, 2022.

ATTENTION: Students may want to consult with their program director about how many hours of GA work is reasonable.  For example, the residential MS-CSD program recommends that their full-time students work no more than 6-7 hours per week, and full-time School Psychology students typically do not work more than 10 hours per week, unless a position is pre-approved by the program director.

Position is for 7 hours per week.

This GA position will work with the Director of the Academic Skills Center on projects throughout the academic year.  Projects will focus on gathering data about our (General) GEN courses, supplemental instruction, and tutoring.  The GA will perform data entry for student attendance in various supplemental instruction courses using an excel spreadsheet; assist director in compiling data regarding GEN courses and tutoring programs; create reports; assist the director in researching what other institutions are doing regarding student success. Position may include some literature review.  

 

Average 13.3-hours per week; may range from 6-20 hrs./wk. Preference is given to students within MSAT program; however, all applicants will be considered.

GAs in the MS in Athletic Training program typically assist faculty members with their research or provide classroom assistance.   Classroom assistance may involve helping with undergraduate KINS classes, whether that be facilitating discussions, or tracking down images or primary sources used to help with instruction, some grading, and other duties as assigned. 

New Position for 2021-2022

Hours: 13.3 hours per week.  Preference given to applicants who have worked with multicultural populations.

Required skills: Knowledge of algebra and calculus.

Abbreviated responsibilities:  Mentor and tutor college students in Math; hold consistent tutoring hours throughout school year; assist with mentor session "check-in's"; assist with assessment data collection; assist office staff with other projects; office mentor training required.

 

FILLED for 2021/2022 General Position: 6.7 hours per week. Preference given to applicants who have worked with multicultural populations.

Recruit, train and supervise college student mentors to provide direct services for some of the area schools.  Provide academic and career development support to middle and high school students served by Blugold Beginnings.  Develop and implement tracking and research associated with the assessment of the program. Coordinate student events, such as ACT workshops, college visits, application writing workshops, financial aid and scholarship completion program, etc. Recruit, match and direct college mentors and students.  Manage the expenses and budget for each school site. Collaborate with students, faculty, and campus resources to track student academic status and needs. Coordinate summer camp planning, learning outcomes, and assessment for 10-week summer camp program.

Average 6.5-hours per week.

  • Online position: All work done online remotely.

Primary responsibilities include: creating, analyzing, and reporting on survey data, working with software programs to create events, record participation, and create reports.  In addition to providing support to CETL, this position also supports the works of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion professional development program. Experience with updating web pages, MS Office products, databases, and video/camera/web-editing software is preferred. Priority will be given to graduate students enrolled in an online graduate program.

  • On-campus position: Work will take place in the CETL Office between 7:45a.m. - 5:00p.m.  

Primary responsibilities include: updating the CETL webpage, interviewing faculty and staff for special interest stories, creating posters and video clips, and assisting with the day to day operations of faculty professional development programing in the CETL space.  In addition to providing support to CETL, this position also supports the works of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion professional development program. Experience with updating web pages, MS Office products, databases, and video/camera/web-editing software is preferred.  Priority will be given to graduate students in an on campus graduate program.

Average 13.3-hours per week. Preference is given to Data Science students who can work on campus a few days per week; however, all applications will be considered. Hours are flexible.

The Data Science program is offered through the Department of Mathematics.  A graduate assistantship position within the Department of Mathematics could be responsible for a variety of different tasks. Ideally, GA’s are placed in positions based on their specialization and/or location to campus.  In the past, graduate assistants have concentrated on one of these areas:

  • Assist faculty and instructors by managing grade records in undergraduate mathematics courses, assist with proctoring exams of undergraduate classes. Good spreadsheet skills are required, as well as good math skills at the level of college algebra or higher. 
  • Once a data science student has taken DS 710 and DS 740, they may assist the instructor of DS 710 or 740 with preparing course materials and assignments, as well as provide individual and group assistance to students by appropriate means. This position could work fully online.  

Average 6-hours per week. Preference is given to MS-CSD students. On-campus and fully online opportunities are available

Graduate Assistants in CSD are assigned to a faculty supervisor and work on a variety of duties. Tasks may include supporting faculty teaching and research, providing tours and information for prospective students, assisting in lab upkeep and organization throughout the department, supporting the Center for Communication Disorders clinic in the resource room, and assisting with recording and logistics for professional seminars. Experiences with or aptitude for working with diverse populations and/or equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are highly valued.

Average 6-7 hours per week; may range from 6-13.3 hrs./wk. Preference is given to students within College of Education; however, all applicants will be considered.

Assist with a variety of tasks such as conducting research, grading, photocopying, entering grades, organizing materials, creating instructional materials, sorting papers, proctoring tests/exams, occasionally helping in a class, assisting students, assisting at events, etc.

Average 13.3-hours per week; may range from 6-20 hrs./wk.

GAs in the Department of History either assist faculty members with their research or provide classroom assistance.   Classroom assistance may involve helping with survey level classes, whether that be facilitating discussions, or tracking down images or primary sources used to help with instruction, and some grading. 

Average 10-hours per week; may consider 13.3 hrs./wk. Preference is given to School Psychology students.

Psychology Peer Advising - Graduate assistants collaborate with undergraduate psychology peer advisors to staff the Psychology Department’s Peer Advising Office.  Peer advisors offer advice to psychology students on course selection and involvement in extracurricular activities of the department.  GAs also support faculty in promoting activities in the department, including the production of a departmental newsletter and the promotion of research and internship opportunities for students.

Program Resources - Graduate assistants collaborate with graduate faculty to maintain learning materials and resources in the graduate program library of assessment and intervention materials.  Duties include mentoring peers on assessment administration and scoring, maintaining the graduate program resource library inventory and online interpretation materials, and completing research reviews of assessment and intervention materials in the library.  GAs also provide presentations on school psychology assessment practices in undergraduate courses.  

Recruiting - This position supports the school psychology graduate program’s recruiting and promotion efforts.  Duties include coordinating School Psychology Awareness Week activities, preparing fall and spring program newsletters, coordinating interview day for admissions, meeting with prospective applicants to the program, providing presentations on school psychology as a career, and coordinating wellness activities for current graduate students. 

Math Intervention Clinic - Graduate assistants coordinate math intervention programs that are part of the Academic Intervention Clinic (AIC).  The AIC provides academic intervention services to at-risk children in area schools.  GAs serve as lead interventionists in the math program.  GAs are responsible for delivering interventions, providing training and ongoing mentoring to intervention assistants, communicating with classroom teachers about intervention plans, and collecting progress monitoring data.  GAs also lead weekly planning meetings where intervention plans, participant engagement, and progress data are reviewed. 

Average 10 hours per week. Preference is given to School Psychology students; however, applicants from CSD, Nursing, and SPED may be considered.

Graduate Assistants work as coordinators for the Academic Intervention Clinic (AIC). The AIC provides academic intervention services to at-risk children in area schools. Undergraduate students, supervised by the GAs, deliver interventions and collect outcome data. In addition to providing supervision, GAs also deliver interventions, train interventionists, coordinate all program activities, interface with schools including managing referrals, manage assessment and outcome data, and troubleshoot issues that periodically arise. 

Average 10-hours per week; may range from 6-20 hrs./wk. Preference is given to MBA; however, all applications will be considered.

Graduate assistants primarily work with one or two faculty members per year to support research. Other responsibilities could include conducting research and entering data for the MBA Office, and/or supporting classroom instruction. Knowledge with Microsoft Office and statistical analysis software is helpful, but not required.

Average 13.3-hours per week. Preference is given to Nursing students; however, all applications will be considered.

The graduate assistantship position in Nursing would involve working with a few faculty on various research or scholarship/writing activities.  Students taking the position ideally should be available virtually during the week at least part of another day beyond the normal class day.  The hours usually can be completed from home. Resources would be available for you at the Eau Claire campus or our Marshfield Site. Examples of scholarship activities students do include assisting with literature searches, manuscript or grant proposal development, IRB proposal development, data coding and entry, poster development, etc.  It is possible the graduate assistants could be asked to assist with course or other college activities, e.g., searching the literature to help with updating a course.

Average 10 to 13.3 hours per week. Preference is given to MS-Data Science students; however, all applications will be considered. Responsibilities for this position can be completed online.

Assist the IR Office by verifying data for surveys, dashboards, and information requests to ensure accuracy. After gaining familiarity with the university's data and becoming proficient with the IR Office's procedures, job responsibilities may increase in scope and difficulty to include running queries (data mining) on university databases using business intelligence software tools and creating tables, graphs, and interactive dashboards using Tableau data visualization software. If the student analyst demonstrates the capacity and desire, they will have the opportunity to engage in analysis and participate in research.

Average 13.3 hours per week; may vary from 6–20 hrs./wk.  Preference is given to students who can work at least 10 hrs/wk; however, all applications will be considered.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs typically employs two graduate assistants. We are hoping for GA’s who take courses on-campus but will consider online GA’s as well. GA’s share the responsibilities of event organization of our campus research event, CERCA, and the Faculty Forum series. Additional responsibilities include preparing publications, website management, design work, and research compliance support. Experience working in Microsoft Suite programs and Adobe is a plus.

Average 10-hours per week; may consider 13.3 hrs./wk. Preference is given to School Psychology students; however, all applications will be considered.

The SSD office provides services and accommodations to all students with documented disabilities, to include graduate students in both campus and online programs. Working as a Graduate Assistant in the office of SSD offers experiences that are closely aligned with services that a school psychologist provides in the K-12 school setting. The GA has direct interaction with students and parents visiting UWEC and new students enrolling at UWEC, one-on-one meetings with students registered with our office to assist with time management, executive functioning skills, and coaching.  GAs are also included in team meetings, review of disability documentation, assistive technology, present to small groups, and other services offered by our department.

Award information and late applications

  • Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships typically are awarded in early April, but applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled.
  • Students completing the financial aid application after the deadline will be considered for awards if monies are available.
  • Students applying for January admission should check with the college/department of their program to determine if assistantships/fellowship opportunities are available.

An applicant listing may be made available for media publication.

 

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