Financial Resources

The major financial aid programs at UIS include grants, tuition waivers, assistantships, scholarships, loans, part-time employment and veterans’ benefits.

Federal or State Aid

General eligibility criteria for federal or state financial aid programs include: U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen status; demonstrated financial need as determined by the federal government through the completion of a needs analysis form; full acceptance in a degree granting program; enrollment for at least six hours in the program; satisfactory progress toward a degree as defined by UIS; no default on a federally insured loan; registration with Selective Service; and aid granted from one institution at a time.

The Office of Financial Assistance at UIS will accept application materials throughout the year, but awards are made according to date of receipt. Applications submitted in February or March receive first consideration for the following academic year.

Specific types of loans, scholarships, and federal work-study programs are outlined in the UIS catalog. Detailed information and financial aid application materials are available at the Office of Financial Assistance.


In addition to Graduate Assistantships and Graduate Public Service Internships, a number of HDC Students pursue other funding opportunities, including scholarships.

General Funds

Human Development Counseling Program Fund

Dan Whitley Memorial Award Fund

M’Lou Burnett-Dixon Fund

Scholarship Funds

Human Development Minority Scholarship Fund

James J. Pancrazio Scholarship for Human Development Counseling Fund

In addition, the Financial Aid Office provides a Scholarship Database Search, where students can identify available scholarships for which they qualify.

Finally, the University Diversity Center provides links to a number of scholarships provided for minority students.