Western Kentucky University

The Graduate School - Financial Resources

Graduate Assistantships

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.

Minority Assistantship Program (MAP)

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 $2898 (or less) per semester will be awarded to qualified international graduate students. However, the scholarship amount can change each semester. Students should check current tuition and fee rates. Also, students should not rely on campus employment to fund their studies. Tuition and fees are subject to change. You can access current term tuition rates and fees by visiting the Tuition and Fees Schedule site at http://www.wku.edu/bursar.

Research Grant

Funding up to $2000 is available for students conducting research.

Travel Grant

Funding is available for graduate students to travel to present at 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.

Residency

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.

Academic Common Market (ACM)

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.

Sponsored Research

The Office of Sponsored Research can assist graduate students in their search for grants and other sources of funding.

Senior Citizens

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 billings.receiveables@wku.edu for additional information.

Student Loans

Student Employment

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.

 Last Modified 7/3/14