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How Do I Pay For It?

How Do I Pay For It?


Unlike these National Folk Festival volunteers, you should not have to carry around a money bucket to fund your time at WKU!    


Assistantship and Financial Aid options

Below is an overview of some different ways of paying for your education.  For more information check out the links on the right. 



Graduate assistantships are available to qualified students and are awarded on a competitive basis. Stipends are approximately $12,000 (well actually $11,992) and include a partial or full waiver of tuition.  Currently we have 15-20 assistantships for our graduate students.  Job assignments include working for individual faculty members, working at the Kentucky Museum or Mammoth Cave National Park, and working for the Kentucky Folklife Program.

We begin to make offers in February, so we encourage you to get your applications in as soon as possible.  If it's later than February, please contact Ann Ferrell and ask about the possiblity of funding.

The assistantship process is changing.  All application materials should come directly to the department, rather than Graduate Studies.  We request that you send a statement of interest, a resume, and a writing sample, along with the application.  Also please ask three references to send letters on your behalf. All materials may be submitted electronically.  We are working on an online application, but meanwhile, you may use this form.


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James Miller, graduate assistant for the Gardner House.


Minority Assistantship Program

Consistent with the Commonwealth of Kentucky's desegregation plan, the University is committed to raising the proportion of African American Kentuckian residents receiving graduate degrees. Graduate assistantships are available to Kentucky resident minority students through this program.


Southern Academic Common Market

Residents of the southeastern United States are also eligible for waiver of out-of-state tuition costs through the Southern Academic Common Market. The idea for the Academic Common Market is simple and its impact considerable. The Academic Common Market allows a student to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program in another state without having to pay out-of-state tuition if that university offers a program of study not offered by the public institutions in the student's home state.

Learn more by clicking on the links below:


Click here to go to WKU's Financial Aid webpage. They have a number of financial aid options.


Click here to see if your state is part of the Southern Academic Common Market and to learn more about the program.


Click here to learn more about the Minority Assistantship Program.


Click here to learn more about the WKU assistantship program.


Click here to learn more about Folk Studies assistantships and here to see examples of recent Folk Studies assistantships. 

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