What is an Assistantship?

Assistantships are a type of funding unique to graduate students. At Ball State, full-time graduate assistants receive a tuition waiver and a yearly stipend, paid over 10 months. In exchange, students work 20 hours per week in the department or unit that awarded their assistantship. Half-time assistants receive a waiver of half their tuition and work 10 hours per week. Unlike a loan, funding from an assistantship does not need to be repaid.

Full-time graduate and doctoral assistants also receive a remission of the contingent portion of the general fee, remission of the graduate course fee, and an out-of-state fee waiver. Half-time assistants pay half fees including the nonresident fee. Graduate assistants are required to pay dedicated fees.

Stipend levels are determined by each academic unit and typically range from $8,200.m to 10,800. 

Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of one-year graduate assistantships in school psychology are available to students on a competitive basis. To apply for an assistantship, simply check the box on the graduate school application.

Doctoral Assistantships

All doctoral students are required to accept an assistantship during their resident year. Indicate your intent in applying for an assistantship on the graduate application.


University graduate fellowships are available to qualified master's and doctoral-level students. These fellowships allow the recipient to pursue a full-time course of study leading to an advanced degree with no obligation to the university other than to maintain a high level of academic performance. Fellowships are awarded on the strength of the student's grade point average, scores on standardized examinations (GRE), and letters of recommendation.

Related Links

Educational Psychology Graduate Programs (PDF)
Costs and Financial Aid 
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid