Through scholarships, assistantships, stipends, and loans, the Graduate School helps students realize their educational goals. Scholarships and assistantships provide from 20% to 100% tuition reduction on courses numbered 500 – 899 up to a maximum of 18 to 24 graduate semester hours per academic year, depending upon the program. Scholarships renew annually at the same level for students who are continuously enrolled for fall and spring semesters, maintain the required minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0, and remain in good academic standing (i.e. not on academic probation or academically dismissed). Scholarship awards will be suspended for students who are placed on scholastic probation or dismissed effective immediately following probation or dismissal. Assistantship renewals are competitive.
Graduate students who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents or asylees may apply for U.S. federal student aid. U.S. federal student aid is not applicable for international students or those on temporary visas, however international students are often eligible for many other sources of financial aid, including the opportunities listed below.
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Graduate Tuition Scholarships
The Graduate School rewards exceptional performance as an undergraduate through the award of Graduate Tuition Scholarships. Approved students receive a tuition reduction based on their qualifying GPA.
3.25 – 3.74
Graduate Merit Scholarship
3.75 – 4.00
Graduate Excellence Scholarship
Only those students admitted to residential degree programs are eligible for these awards. All applicants for admission are automatically considered for these scholarships.
Graduate assistantships provide an opportunity for students to work with faculty or staff, generally in their chosen field. Assistantships are very competitive, but for students who excel in their field of study, they can be an excellent way to gain experience while financing an education. Assistants are paid a stipend and receive a tuition scholarship. A full-time assistant receives a 100% tuition reduction on qualifying courses. A half-time assistant receives a 50% tuition reduction on qualifying courses. Graduate assistants are also paid a stipend. The amount of the stipend varies by department and program.
Tuition aid from a graduate assistantship cannot be used in conjunction with any other university-supported financial assistance award.
A graduate assistant must be admitted to a degree program and must intend to study full-time. To apply for a graduate assistantship, return the Graduate Assistantship Application with a current resume to The Graduate School (200 Bradley Hall). The recommended deadline for applying for a Graduate Assistantship for the fall semester is April 1.
Caterpillar Masters Fellowships
Caterpillar Master's Fellowships are awarded to outstanding students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement and are committed to research and creative production. Students must be full-time and are expected to complete a research project in their area of interest within two years. Students who are awarded Fellowships will work on a student-selected project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
The Fellowship qualifies students for 100% of tuition aid up to 21 semester hours for the academic year and a stipend. To be considered, students must complete the Caterpillar Masters Fellowship Application form and submit the required materials to the Graduate School by April 15 for the following fall semester or by November 15 for the following spring semester. Caterpillar Masters Fellowship applications are only accepted for those students who are enrolled in a master’s program in Bradley University or who are undergraduate students in the last semester of their senior year at Bradley University who will be continuing in a master’s program. Please see the Caterpillar Masters Fellowship application for a complete list of requirements.
Any student who is awarded a Fellowship must apply for renewal of the Fellowship in their second year of study. Students who want to renew their CAT Fellowship must have a letter of support from their faculty sponsor to be considered for a second CAT Fellowship. In addition, the student also needs to write a letter explaining what they did the previous year and what they will be doing in the future year if they are awarded a second CAT Fellowship. These two items will be considered with the rest of the CAT applications. Students also need to present at the Graduate Student Expo as part of the requirements of the CAT Fellowship. This is a competitive process and just because a student previously received a CAT Fellowship does not mean they will automatically receive funding for a second year.
Professional Educators Scholarships
This opportunity is available to all qualified applicants including full-time school district employees seeking degrees or certificates in Curriculum & Instruction, Leadership in Educational Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or School Counseling (ECI, ECI-C, EDA, EDCMH, EDCMH-C, EDCS, EDCS-C). The PES is also available to qualified applicants seeking a degree in English, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Art (ENG, BIO, BIOCHM, CHM, ART). In addition, the PES is available to qualified applicants in the Nonprofit Leadership program (NPL) who also have a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA.
The PES is valued at up to 50% of the prevailing tuition rate for up to 18 semester hours per academic year, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other university-supported financial assistance programs. Eligibility for the PES is determined at the point of admission to one of the qualified programs of study. Students must be admitted unconditionally to one of the qualified programs of study and have a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA. The PES will renew at the same level as long as the student is continuously enrolled (fall and spring semesters), maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0, and remains in good academic standing (i.e. not on academic probation or academically dismissed.) Applicants should indicate their interest in the Professional Educators Scholarship in the Financial Assistance section of the Application for Graduate School Admission. To be assured consideration, applicants are required to submit an Employer Verification Form.
Employee Development Scholarships
These scholarships are available to full-time employees of participating companies who have been unconditionally admitted to the MBA or MSA program at Bradley University. The scholarships may cover up to 35% of the prevailing tuition rate for up to 30 semester hours per academic year. Students must be admitted unconditionally to the MBA or MSA program to qualify and have a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA. Eligibility for the scholarships is determined by the Graduate School at the point of admission. Scholarships will renew at the same level as long as the student is maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0, remains in good academic standing (i.e. not on academic probation or academically dismissed), and maintains full-time employment at a participating company.
Applicants seeking admission to the Graduate School should complete the employer information in the Financial Assistance section of the Application for Graduate School Admission. To be assured consideration, applicants are required to submit an Employer Verification Form. The MBA/MSA Employee Development Scholarships cannot be used in conjunction with any other university-supported financial assistance programs.
Current Participating Employers Include:
- A. G. Edwards
- Automotive Robotics
- Caterpillar Inc.
- CGN & Associates, Inc.
- Illinois Central College
- Illinois Department of Transportation
- Illinois Mutual
- OSF Healthcare System
- RSM McGladrey
Federal Stafford Loan
The Stafford Loan program is made available by the US federal government. Additional information can be found at Student Financial Services Federal Stafford Loan site.
PLUS Loans for Graduate Students
The PLUS Loan program is made available by the US federal government. Additional information can be found at Student Financial Services PLUS Loans for Graduate Students site.
Request for Review of Graduate Financial Assistance
Students who do not receive financial assistance upon their admission may apply for reconsideration after completing 6 hours of graduate level coursework at Bradley University with a minimum 3.25/4.0 cumulative GPA. Any additional financial assistance will not be distributed until the semester following the semester in which the student completes 6 graduate semester hours at Bradley. To continue to receive any scholarship in subsequent semesters, the student must maintain the required minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0, and remain in good academic standing (i.e. not on academic probation or academically dismissed). Scholarship awards will be suspended for students who are placed on scholastic probation or dismissed.
Students who are requesting reconsideration must submit a Request for Review of Graduate Financial Assistance form to the Graduate School (Room 200, Bradley Hall). Requests will not be processed until after grades are posted for the semester in which the student completed 6 graduate credit hours. Requests will be accepted on a continuous basis, but applicants are encouraged to make their request by the following dates for expedited processing:
- Fall Semester - August 1
- Spring Semester - January 1
- Summer Sessions - May 1
Students who are admitted conditionally to a degree program are not eligible for reconsideration until the conditional status has been removed. Students who have been awarded a graduate assistantship may submit a Request for Review in order to apply for a graduate tuition scholarship to take effect in the term after their assistantship ends. The student's cumulative graduate GPA will be evaluated for determining the scholarship.
If you have additional questions regarding financial assistance please contact the Graduate School (Room 200, Bradley Hall) at (309) 677-2375 or the Office of Financial Assistance (Room 100, Swords Hall) at (309) 677-3089.