Living up to our commitment to graduate assistants

Loyola’s graduate assistants have significant bearing on the University’s strong academic reputation by helping foster a campus culture rich in scholarship, research, teaching, and mentorship. Accordingly, the University goes to great lengths to offer graduate assistants services and financial aid and development resources that are competitive with offerings at comparable institutions and that are in keeping with Loyola’s Jesuit, Catholic mission, social justice values, and focus on student experience and satisfaction in all that we do.

The University offers graduate assistants a competitive package of services, including:

  • Competitive stipends that are benchmarked against other area universities
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Travel awards
  • Professional development opportunities

The financial aid package for a full graduate assistantship in the Graduate School is valued at around $50,000 per year. By the time a successful doctoral student graduates, Loyola has invested as much as a quarter million dollars in their career.

Recent enhancements

  • Stipend increases; standardized stipends
  • Enhanced awards for approved conference travel
  • Eliminated the restriction on off-campus employment*
  • Updated job descriptions for all graduate assistants, including common expectations for graduate assistants in teaching or research roles
  • Added a dental coverage to the student health plan

LOYOLA REMAINS COMMITTED TO EVALUATING ON AN ONGOING BASIS THE SUPPORT THAT THE UNIVERSITY PROVIDES GRADUATE ASSISTANTS AND TO MAKING IMPROVEMENTS WHERE NECESSARY.

FINANCIAL AWARDS

  • Support for an average of 375 students a year for their graduate education (assistantship, fellowships, tuition, insurance, or combination)
  • Each year, $4 million is awarded for stipends and $5 million for scholarships/tuition grants
  • 279 students awarded student health and dental insurance as part of their award in 2018–19, an investment of $3,358.28 per student, and 283 students awarded health insurance in 2017–18, an investment of $2,950 per student
  • 21 dedicated fellowships offered in 2018–19, including 8 Schmitt Fellows, 4 Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellows, 5 Crown Fellows, 2 Attoh Diversity Fellows, and 2 Child & Family Research Assistantships

2017-18 STIPEND INCREASES

The base stipend for many graduate students in full assistantship has increased to $18,000, with a prorated adjustment for those in less than full assistantships. In addition, starting in the 2017–18 academic year, many graduate assistants receive an additional stipend increase of $500 for each year of service within years 2–5 of a full graduate assistantship and a prorated amount for a less than full assistantship.

LOYOLA SPENT AN ADDITIONAL THREE-QUARTERS OF A MILLION DOLLARS ON GRADUATE ASSISTANT STIPENDS IN 2017–18.

OTHER SUPPORT AWARDS

  • 232 travel awards given to graduate students to present at conferences, an investment of $90,000 ($45,000 in 2017–18 and $45,000 in 2018–19)
  • 17 research awards (awarded on a rolling application basis) given to graduate students between 2017–2019 for research costs, an average investment of $277 per student
  • Granted eight awards (each $2,000) to enable mentored research experiences for master's programs that are not required as a part of the program (3 in 2017–18 and 5 in 2018–19)

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT AS TEACHERS AND RESEARCHERS

  • New graduate student and international student orientation programs
  • Dissertation Boot Camp—a program designed to help doctoral students make progress on the dissertation
  • Project Management Workshop—a day-long seminar open to all graduate students
  • Theater Delta Workshop—a financial education interactive theater workshop open to all graduate students
  • Professional Development Workshops—thesis/dissertation work, external funding and fellowship opportunities, Introduction to IRB, Graduate Student Writing seminar, Career Pathways, graduation information sessions
  • Free of charge teaching and pedagogy programs, including the Online Teaching Certificate Course, offered by the Center for Ignatian Pedagogy
  • Assignment to a faculty mentor for teaching and research

SERVICES

  • Graduate Student Life office and programs offered at the Lake Shore Campus and the Water Tower Campus
  • Wellness Center services offered free of charge at the Lake Shore Campus and the Water Tower Campus
  • Career Development Center services offered to graduate students in person, via telephone, or via Skype at no fee and assignment to a Career Advisor who specializes in the student’s academic program

ENGAGEMENT

  • Graduate assistant participation in shared governance through the University Senate, Graduate Student Advisory Council and Graduate, Professional and Adult Council, as well as through advisory groups within graduate programs