Graduate Assistantships and Loans
Funding support for graduate school at the University of Iowa takes the form of graduate assistantships, fellowships and traineeships. The most important source of funding for most graduate students is their own graduate program. Please contact your program’s Graduate Coordinator for information about funding opportunities within the department. To view a list of assistantships outside of your home department, see Graduate College's Open Assistantships.
Graduate teaching and research assistant appointments, employment terms, benefits, and conditions are governed by a Graduate Assistant Employment agreement(link is external), departmental policies, and the University Operations Manual(link is external). Base wages are determined by a collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Regents, State of Iowa and UI local 896/COGS. The 2017-2019 COGS contract took effect on July 1, 2017. The Graduate Student Employee Committee (GSEC) provides recommendations to institutional leadership in matters related to graduate student employment.
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(link is external) for more information on student loans.