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Financial Assistance

Graduate Assistantships

The Illinois State MBA Program offers a graduate assistantship (GA) to a select group of high-achieving students. Graduate assistantships are university appointments that give students an opportunity to work with faculty members and provide a method of funding graduate studies. They are an excellent opportunity for gaining experience and academic growth in the College of Business. A GA position comes with a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend.

If you want to be considered for a graduate assistantship (GA) position you should plan to secure admission to the MBA program and complete a GA application by the following:

For fall admission: March 1
For spring admission: October 1

Review current GA postings and apply for positions.

Make sure you select:

  • Type of Position- Graduate Assistant
  • Department - Master of Business Administration

Other assistantships are available throughout the University in such areas as residential life, Milner Library, International Studies, Dean of Students, Registrar's office, and computer labs. You will increase your chances for selection by applying to as many positions that you qualify for.

Scholarships and Fellowships

Endowed scholarships and fellowships are awarded competitively by the Graduate School in fall and spring semesters to students meeting specific educational criteria. Learn more at:

Academic Talent Tuition Waivers

Each semester a limited number of academic talent tuition waivers are awarded on a competitive basis by the MBA program to students who show promise for success and who have not received any other award funding tuition costs. These awards cover all or part of the tuition, but students are responsible for fees. Interested students should fill out a graduate tuition waiver and submit it to the MBA program prior to each term they are interested in funding.

Diversity Tuition Waiver

In an effort to support students from traditionally underrepresented groups, the Graduate School offers a limited number of diversity tuition waivers to U.S. citizens from traditionally underrepresented groups. Awards are based on the availability of funds, financial need, and on a holistic evaluation of how their experience and perspective as a member of an underrepresented group has resulted in and/or is expected to result in unique contributions to their respective graduate program, academic discipline, and overall campus community. These waivers may be received in addition to most other types of financial assistance.


  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: March 1

International Graduate Tuition Waivers

The Office of International Studies and Programs offers partial tuition waivers to international students at Illinois State. Awards are given both to incoming students (see Global Outreach Scholarship) and continuing students (see Partial Tuition Waivers). Awards are given based on availability of funds and student merit.


Veteran Services helps to aid the University by providing assistance to all student-veterans at Illinois State University. For more information please visit their website at:



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