This award recognizes outstanding graduate work in the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences. Graduate students must demonstrate their commitment to graduate education, evidenced through research, leadership, participation and promotion of department goals.
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 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:
1. Be admitted as a student in the CJS Master’s Program and be in good standing.
2. Be enrolled as either a full time or part time student for the semester applied for.
3. Have a minimum 3.0 graduate GPA. For newly admitted students, have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree.
4. Not have received an assistantship or any other awards funding tuition costs.
In addition to the above eligibility requirements, no more than 3 thesis audit hours may be covered by tuition waivers. Note that this only refers to audit hours, the 6 required thesis hours (CJS 499) can be covered under the waiver.
Application Process & Selection Criteria
Students must complete the application form found on the Graduate School website . A written statement that explains your reason for applying for the waiver based on your academic performance, progress in the program, and/or financial need must also be provided with the application form. Both the application form and written statement should be sent directly to the CJS Graduate Coordinator (Dr. Jason Ingram) by the deadline listed below.
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 dates: August 20 (for fall consideration), January 20 (for spring consideration) or May 20 (for summer consideration). Award decisions and notifications are made within two weeks after the deadline via email.
Tuition waivers are subject to funding availability. An email will be sent to all graduate students from the graduate coordinator prior to each deadline stating whether applications are being accepted.
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. They can be contacted at (309) 438-2740.
Students interested in seeking part-time employment may search both on and off campus employment opportunities using the Illinois State University Jobs website. On campus positions require students to be enrolled in at least 6 semester hours during the semester.
Army ROTC provides college-trained officers for the Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard. As the largest single source for Army officers, the ROTC program fulfills a vital role in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Army. Illinois residents can compete for state ROTC tuition waivers during undergraduate and graduate programs. The ROTC department has 40 of these waivers active during each semester.