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Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are broadly considered to be the best way to fund graduate school. Your assistantship could consist of teaching a class, working as a research assistant, or other duties. Students holding a 25% or greater teaching or research assistantship appointment will be assured a tuition scholarship. To view assistantships outside your home department, see the Graduate College’s Open Assistantships Page. Assistantships are covered by the COGS collective bargaining agreement. Please review the New Graduate Assistant To Do List if this is your first GA appointment.

Grants & Fellowships

Grants and Fellowships are awarded through competition and do not generally require repayment. They can be used for a wide range of purposes including travel, research, experiments, fieldwork, or dissertation writing. Internal fellowships are opportunities that you apply for or those you are nominated for by faculty at Iowa.

Student Loans

Student loans are a type of financial aid that must be repaid to the lender. While many graduate students take out some student loans, they should not be considered your primary way to support graduate education. Please visit Financial Aid for more information on student loans.

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