Graduate Funding Opportunities

 Most of UNI’s graduate programs, offered on campus, provide the opportunity to apply for support in the form of graduate assistantships and graduate scholarships. Students must submit applications for this funding, along with their application materials, to be considered for support. A full assistantship and scholarship can cover approximately 90% of yearly costs. For most programs, the priority deadline to apply is February 1st.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are offered by some departments on a competitive basis. Assistantships are offered as half-time (working 10 hours per week) or as full-time (working 20 hours per week) and are paid a monthly salary. The Graduate Assistantship FAQ provides detailed information regarding Graduate Assistantships at UNI. The Graduate Assistantship Application must be completed and online and submitted prior to February 1st. For more information, email


Graduate Tuition Scholarship

Graduate College Tuition Scholarships are offered by some departments on a competitive basis and are awarded as a half scholarship or a full scholarship (at the in-state tuition rate). This scholarship does not cover mandatory fees. Graduate students applying for a Graduate Tuition Scholarship must submit the application before February 1st (some departments have later submission dates, so contact your academic department for an exact due date).

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On Campus Employment

There are many job opportunities on the UNI campus for students with student (F) visas or exchange visitors (J) visas to work. The average pay is $9.20 per hour. F and J visa holders are not authorized to work off-campus as a means of support except under extraordinary circumstances.  Graduate students with full assistantships will not be eligible for a campus job.