Graduate Financial Aid

All psychology graduate students admitted to a Ph.D. program receive assistantships or other jobs that facilitate and enhance their educational goals.  Financial assistance is most frequently available to graduate students in the form of teaching and graduate assistantships from the Department of Psychology.  Several research assistantships are also awarded to students to work on projects funded by grants and administered by the individual faculty members responsible for the projects.  Additional assistantships are available through the Office of Student Affairs and other administrative departments at the university.

The basic graduate assistantship in the department is a half-time (20 hours/week) nine-month (academic year) appointment The stipend for a half-time academic year appointment for the 2017-2018 year is $18,000.  Students on a graduate assistantship will also receive a tuition scholarship.  Ph.D. students on a half-time appointment will have their tuition fully covered by this scholarship (you will only need to pay university fees).

Program Costs and Assistantship or Fellowship Support

For the most recent two years, all psychology department doctoral students (counseling psychology, social, and cognitive) who are admitted to doctoral studies receive assistantship support.  All are full-time students.  The following standard support package requires 20 hours per week of work for the nine-month academic year, and it is guaranteed for four years contingent upon satisfactory and timely progress to the doctorate. Specific details are as follows.

  • Taxable stipend of $18,000 for the nine-month academic year ($2,000 per month)
  • Full tuition waiver per academic year of $8,944 for in state residents and $22,656 for out of state residents
  • Paid “single student” health insurance with an estimated value of $1,572 per calendar year

Students are required to pay a composite university fee of $567 per semester. Additional funding sources, accorded on a competitive basis, include the Miller Fellowship Program (an additional stipend of $2,500 per academic semester beyond the standard assistantship package-guaranteed for four years) and the George Washington Carver Fellowship (taxable $25,000 per year fellowship guaranteed for three years) available to minority students and funded through the Graduate College.

Minority Student Applications

Iowa State University is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action policies in all of its endeavors.  Minority students are especially encouraged to apply for graduate study in psychology.  Sources of financial support specifically designated for graduate study by minority students are available through the Minority Student Programs in the Office of Student Affairs.  These funds, along with regular departmental assistantships, are used to support minority students in the department.  In addition, minority applicants are urged to submit an application to the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program.  Information and application forms may be obtained from: Director, APA Minority Fellowship Program, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC  20002-4242; 202-336-6027;