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Graduate Tuition Waiver

Subject to funding availability, graduate tuition waivers are awarded on a competitive basis by the department to students who show promise for success and who have not received a fellowship, graduate assistantship or other award funding tuition costs. Tuition waivers cover tuition only. The student is responsible for paying the required fees.


To be considered for a graduate tuition waiver students must:

  • Be admitted as a student in the TEC Master's Program or a TEC Graduate Certificate Program and be in good standing.
  • Be enrolled as either a full-time or part-time student for the semester a tuition waiver is applied for.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 graduate GPA. Newly admitted students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree.
  • Have not received an assistantship or any other awards funding tuition costs.

Application Process and Selection Criteria

Students must complete the Tuition Waiver application form found on the Graduate School Website.
A written statement that explains your reason for applying for the tuition waiver based on your academic performance; progress in program, and/or financial need must also be provided with the application form. All tuition waiver applicants must submit the required Statement of Registration Compliance page of the application. The application form, Statement of Registration Compliance, and the written statement should be submitted as an email attachment to

The department will review all applications and make award decisions based on: GPA, demonstrated progress in the program (or promise for progress for newly admitted students), and expressed financial need.


All completed application materials must be received by the following University required dates: August 20 (for Fall consideration), January 20 (for Spring consideration) or May 20 (for Summer consideration). No tuition waiver applications will be accepted after the University deadlines. Award decisions and notifications are made within two weeks after the deadline via postal mail and/or email.

An email will be sent to all graduate students from the graduate coordinator prior to the deadline if applications are not being accepted for a specific semester.

Other Graduate Funding

There is information on the Graduate School website regarding two other tuition waiver programs for specific student groups.
Diversity Tuition Waiver
International Graduate Tuition Waivers

The Department of Technology does not have scholarships for graduate students. However, the Graduate School website has information on some scholarships or fellowships.

External Scholarship

The Scholarship Resource Office in Financial Aid provides assistance to prospective and current students in identifying scholarship resources that could help fund their educational costs. Please contact the Financial Aid Scholarship Office regarding outside scholarships. The Scholarship Resource Office can be reached at (309) 438-2740.

Student Employment

(Graduate Assistantships and/or part-time student jobs)
Students interested in seeking part-time employment may search both on and off campus employment opportunities using the Illinois State University Jobs website. Graduate students may apply for any graduate assistantships they are qualified for on campus.