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What Financial Support
Is Available at UCM?
Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)
The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) was established by the Midwestern Higher Education Commission to increase interstate educational opportunities for students in its eleven member states: ND, MN, IA, NE, KS, MO, WI, IL, MI, IN & OH. The program enables residents of member states outside Missouri to enroll in the TESL programs at UCM at reduced tuition rates. Please ask the staff in the Office of Student Financial Services (Ward Edwards Building, Room 1100; 660-543-8266; <firstname.lastname@example.org>) for more details and an application form.
Project TEACH Grant
This federal grant supports students who promise to teach full-time for at least four years in secondary schools (and in some cases, elementary schools) that are designated as serving students from low-income families (Title I). More information is available at the Student Financial Services’ pages of the UCM website or at their office on campus (Ward Edwards Building, Room 1100).
Scholarships for Graduate Students at UCM
The Graduate Student Achievement Awards
These awards are for high academic achievement and leadership qualities. Students with full-time graduate assistantships are not eligible. Application forms are available from the Graduate School Office (Ward Edwards Building, Room 1800). Deadline: March 1.
Graduate Non-Resident Scholarship
Covers the non-resident fees for graduate students who earned UCM undergraduate degrees and are enrolling in graduate programs no later than the fourth semester following their undergraduate studies. Applicants must have earned a minimum of 60 undergraduate hours at UCM with a 3.0 or higher UCM GPA. The scholarship is renewable for six semesters if the scholar maintains a graduate GPA of 3.4 or higher. Deadline: Open.
Warren C. Lovinger Graduate Student Scholarship
This award was established in 1980 to honor a past university president. Applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree from UCM and must have at least 16 credit hours of their graduate-program studies remaining. Application forms are available from the Graduate School Office. Deadline: March 1.
President’s Diversity Scholarship
This award is a graduate assistantship for one year. Applicants may meet an income eligibility requirement &/or be first-generation graduate students &/or be members of a group underrepresented in their disciplines. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50 is required. Students who receive the award in their first year of study may reapply for a second year. Application forms are available from the Graduate School Office. Deadline: March 1.
UCM offers a variety of assistantships, including teaching, student-affairs, laboratory, and administrative positions. Past and present TESL students have had assistantships teaching freshman composition, intensive English for international students, basic algebra, and introductory graphics and photography courses; assisting faculty in administrative work, for example, writing assessment; working in the library, departmental reading rooms, and the art center; tutoring students in the Academic Enrichment Department's writing and learning centers; and working in university offices, for example, the International Student Office.
Nearly all UCM assistantships begin in August and extend through the academic year. The great majority are teaching positions. It is extremely rare for new international students in the TESL Program to be awarded an assistantship, but some of our international students have received positions for their second year of study. One reason for this is that prospective employers prefer to interview their applicants.
Please see the Graduate Catalog’s section entitled “Financial Information and Graduate Support” for the criteria used for selection, the types of assistantships available, and the procedures for application. Application forms are available at the Graduate School Office and online in the Graduate School’s pages on the UCM website.
Application review begins in March; however, applications may be submitted at any time. Applications should be submitted to BOTH the Graduate School Office AND the department or office to which you wish to apply.
Applying for a graduate assistantship is much like applying for any other job. You need to actively seek employment, contact the prospective employer, have good references, be available for interviews, and make a positive impression on those who will decide who will receive a position.