Department of English at Illinois State University

Funding Opportunities

Financial Aid

The Illinois State University Financial Aid Office will forward a Financial Aid Brochure upon request. The types of financial aid available include grants, scholarships, loans, and employment. For further information, visit the Financial Aid website or contact the Financial Aid Office at:

Illinois State University
Financial Aid Office
Campus Box 2320
Normal, IL 61790-2320

Phone: (309) 438-2231


The English Department offers a variety of scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students.

The Financial Aid Office also provides a scholarship search engine to help both graduate and undergraduate students find awards from across the university.


Student Employment

Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for regular part-time student worker positions. The ISU Jobs System provides regularly updated listings of employment opportunities for students on campus.

Federal Work Study Awards

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a federally-sponsored program enabling students with demonstrated financial need to earn a portion of educational expenses while enrolled at Illinois State University. The federal government pays 70% of the FWS student's earnings. These awards are made through the Financial Aid Office and can be applied to graduate assistantships and student worker positions. To apply, complete and return the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form (preferably by March 1 of each year). This form is available on the Financial Aid website and at Financial Aid offices at most universities.

Graduate Student Funding Opportunities

In addition to financial aid, Graduate students in the Master's and the Ph.D. programs quality for a variety of funding opportunities.


The Department awards many graduate assistantships each year to Master's and Ph.D. students. In addition, a number of departments and units across the University hire graduate assistants. An assistantship outside the English Department can be a very good option for a Master's in Writing student, providing valuable experience in organizational culture and communication.

Learn more about graduate assistantships.

Tuition Waivers

Graduate students are eligible for Tuition Waivers from both the English Department and the University. These waivers will cover the cost of the student's tuition for the semester they are awarded.

Learn more about tuition waivers.