Financial Assistance

Costs of the Degree

A good source of information on costs is here.  A very useful way to calculate all costs is an interactive worksheet provided by Records and Registration.

Graduate Assistantships

A very limited number of graduate assistants are available on campus.

  • Graduate assistantships provide relevant educational experiences in UIS’ academic or public affairs programs.
  • These on-campus internships offer you opportunities to develop and apply skills in research, curriculum development, data analysis, editing, program evaluation, and coordination of special events.
  • For more information on Graduate Assistantships (GA) visit Graduate Assistantships.


Internships are a possible source of financial assistance and most are paid. The most common internship situation is the Graduate Public Service Internship. We also have one or two departmentally arranged internships per year in addition to the GPSI positions.

A general discussion of all internships is here.

Other Types of Financial Aid

There are a variety of financial aid opportunities at UIS from student jobs, assistantships, loans, grants, to scholarships. Some examples are here.  To explore your options or to simply find out if you qualify contact:

Office of Financial Assistance
University Hall, Room 1015
One University Plaza, MS UHB 1015
Springfield, IL 62703-5407

Fax: (217) 206-6724
(217) 206-7376

E-mail: or

click on Financial Aid for more information.