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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. 

Assistantship awards are based, in part, on admission to full standing in a degree program.

Students working 13.3 hours/week or more during the academic year must be enrolled in at least four graduate credits per semester, and students working 20 hours/week must be enrolled in at least four but not more than ten credits per semester or be enrolled in at least one thesis credit. Assistantships are currently valued at $11,176/year for a full-time assignment (20 hours per week) during the academic year. Assignments for 13.3 to 20 hours per week also include:

  • Group health insurance plan, single or family coverage available at a minimal cost.
  • Non-resident students may be eligible for an out-of-state tuition remission if funds are available (current value is up to $4,987/semester). Minnesota residents must apply for tuition reciprocity (800) 657-3866, but may also be eligible for a partial tuition remission.
  • Wisconsin residents may be eligible for a partial tuition remission (current value is $50/semester).

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.

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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