The graduate assistantship program at WKU provides graduate students the opportunity
to earn an excellent salary and fringe benefits while advancing their career. Assistantships
are available for qualified applicants -- please read the graduate assistantship overview
to learn about qualifications, how to apply, potential benefits, and more.
The MAP assists students from minority groups with tuition costs as well as provides
opportunity for employment.
International Student Scholarships
Western Kentucky University (WKU) offers tuition scholarships to qualified international
graduate students to pay, in part, tuition costs. Tuition scholarships of up to $200
per credit hour (up to 9 hours, maximum of four semesters) per semester will be awarded
to qualified international graduate students. However, the scholarship amount can
change each semester. Also, students should not rely on campus employment to fund
their studies. Tuition and fees are subject to change. Students should check current
term tuition rates and fees by visiting the Tuition and Fees Schedule site at http://www.wku.edu/bursar.
Funding up to $2000 is available for students conducting research.
Funding is available for graduate students to travel to present at professional meetings
and conferences and to support research project travel.
The College Height Foundation provides financial assistance to graduate students,
mainly in the area of Teacher Education and Family Science. Apply through WKU Student Financial Assistance.
Graduate students (or prospective graduate students) can learn more about Kentucky's
definition of "residency for tuition purposes" as well as the process for graduate
students to have their residency reviewed here.
Residents of states in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) may qualify for
the Academic Common Market program, based on their program of study. Students qualifying
for ACM eligibility receive reduced tuition rates.
The Office of Sponsored Research can assist graduate students in their search for
grants and other sources of funding.
Kentucky residents who are 65 years of age or older on or before the day the semester
begins are granted tuition waivers for any college class in which they enroll for
credit or to audit in accordance with KRS 164.284. A senior citizen who holds a bachelor’s degree may be admitted as a non-degree student
or may pursue admission to a specific degree program. Please contact the the Billings
and Receivables Office at (270) 745-6381 or email@example.com for additional information.
Student Financial Assistance
- WKU student loans
- Student employment
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal Stafford Loan
- Certificate programs eligible for federal financial aid
Veteran Administration Benefits
Western Kentucky University is approved by the Kentucky State Approving Agency and the U.S. Department Veteran's Affairs (VA) for veteran's educational training. There are several categories of educational benefits for eligible students including Montgomery GI Bill, Chapter 30 (active duty) and Chapter 1606 (reserve/national guard), Chapter 1607 (REAP), Chapter 33 (Post 9/11), Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance Program), and Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation). Questions regarding eligibility for Chapters 30, 1606, 1067, 33, and 35, educational benefits should be directed in writing to the:
VA Regional Office P.O. Box 66830 St. Louis, MO 63166-6830, or you may telephone toll free 888-442-4551.
Chapter 31 questions should be directed to:
VA Regional Office 545 South Third St. Louisville, KY 40202-1838, or you may telephone 270-582-5836.
Or contact the WKU Veteran's Affairs Office at 270-745-3732.
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