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 program assists students from minority groups with tuition costs as well as provides opportunity for employment.
International Student Scholarships
Western Kentucky University offers tuition scholarships to all qualified international graduate students. Scholarship awards are based on merit, need, and institutional priorities and may reach as much as a 45% reduction of tuition costs. Students must submit GRE (or GMAT) scores to be considered for these scholarships. Following acceptance into a graduate program, the scholarship amount will be determined and stated on the I20 issued to the applicant. All scholarships will continue for the duration of the program provided the student stays continuously enrolled and makes satisfactory academic progress. WKU may however, adjust the value of the scholarship to reflect changes in tuition. Tuition rates are evaluated annually.
Funding up to $1500 is available for students conducting research.
Funding is available for graduate students to attend professional meetings and conferences and to support research project travel.
College Heights Foundation
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. Contact: Alex Downing, College Heights Foundation.
The Office of 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 Senior Citizen Scholarships 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 Office of Graduate Studies at (270) 745-2446 or email@example.com for additional information.
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.