There are several types of financial aid available for graduate students.
1. Tuition waiver
The department has a limited number of tuition waivers available. The tuition waiver does not require any work responsibilities and does not provide a stipend.
The primary source of support for graduate students is teaching and research assistantships. Assistantships require between 10 and 20 hours of work per week depending upon the position. They provide a tuition waiver plus a stipend.
3. University Fellowships
These are awarded to outstanding applicants on the basis of a university wide competition. They provide a tuition waiver and a stipend equal to $20,000 in 2009. There is no work requirement for holders of university fellowships. Candidates for the university fellowship must be nominated by the department; direct application by the candidate is not permitted.
4. Teaching Positions
Qualified graduate students may teach undergraduate microeconomics and macroeconomics courses at UIC. These positions are available only to students who have passed the comprehensive exams in economic theory and are therefore not available to first year students.
5. Minority Student Fellowships
The University also has a number of financial aid programs for minority students. Applicants should consult the Graduate College for more information.
6. On-campus Jobs
There are also a number of on-campus jobs available for both U.S. and foreign students. Interested students should contact the Student Employment Office, 2200 SSB, 1200 W. Harrison m/c 335, telephone 996-3130, upon arrival at UIC.
In order to apply for financial aid positions (1) - (3) above, applicants need only complete the form "Application for a Graduate Appointment". The department must receive applications by January 15 in order to nominate applicants for a university fellowship. The department will make its own financial aid decisions at approximately the middle of May. In order to be considered for financial aid, we must receive the applicant's file from the Admissions Office by February 1. Financial aid decisions are made strictly on the basis of merit. No distinction is made between foreign and domestic students or between MA and PhD students in the awarding of financial aid.
I-20 forms for foreign students are issued by the Admissions Office, not the Economics Department. Any financial aid offers made by the Economics Department will be reported to the Admissions Office for inclusion in the financial statement. Foreign students who are accepted into the program, but offered partial or no financial aid, must prove that they have the necessary funds required by the I-20 form.
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