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Employment Programs

The student employment program provides an opportunity for graduate students to earn money to help finance educational expenses. There are two types of student employment programs at IUP: Federal College Work-Study Program (CWSP) and University Employment Program (UE). Both programs not only help defray the cost of education, but can add valuable practical experience accompanying the students' graduate education. Students may be employed for up to twenty hours per week when classes are in session and forty hours per week during vacation periods. All students, including international students, are eligible for the UE program. There is no application required. Financial need is not a criterion. Eligibility for CWS is based on financial need as determined by the Pennsylvania State Grant and Federal Student Aid Application. This form is available in the Financial Aid office. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid office.

Student Loan Program

Guaranteed Student Loan (GSL) applications may be obtained through private lending institutions such as banks and credit unions. A Pennsylvania State Grant/Federal Student Application must also be filed. A subsidized GSL requires no payment of principal or interest until six months after the student ceases half-time attendance. Nonsubsidized GSLs require the student to make quarterly interest payments while enrolled and during the grace period. Financial need, as determined by the Pennsylvania State Grant/Federal Student Aid Application, determines whether all or part of the GSL is eligible for interest subsidy. Repayment of principal and interest begins six months after the student ceases half-time attendance.

Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS) are available through private lending institutions such as banks and credit unions and are administered in conjunction with the federal government. The interest rate is variable. Repayment of interest begins thirty days after the funds are received with principal deferred while the student is enrolled on at least a half-time basis. Applications are available through your lender.

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Alternative Loan may assist students who are ineligible for GSL/SLS or who need additional financing to meet educational costs. The interest rate is variable with repayment of principal and interest beginning thirty days after the funds are received. For an application, contact PHEAA at 1-800-692-7392, or write to PHEAA, P.O. Box 2165, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2165. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid office.

Teaching Associateships

Advanced doctoral students may apply for positions as teaching associates in the English Department. A teaching associate may be given responsibility for teaching up to six credits of undergraduate courses per semester. For these teaching duties, the teaching associate receives a salary. Teaching associates are appointed on a year-to-year basis not to exceed two academic years. Applications are made through the Graduate English office, and nominations are made by the program director in conjunction with the appropriate departmental entities. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid office.

Veterans Programs

IUP is approved to offer training under the various G.I. Bills. Students who are entitled to training under one of these bills should contact the veterans counselor immediately after being accepted for admission to IUP in order to secure additional instructions. This procedure is necessary so veterans may be included on the monthly payrolls. The Office of the Veterans Counselor is in 302 Pratt Hall, 724-357-2234. For more information, please visit the Financial Aid office.

Outstanding Research Awards

Every year, the School of Graduate Studies and Research offers graduate students outstanding research awards. The awards are competitive and open to graduate students nominated by any department offering graduate courses.

One original proposal with the nominating letter must be submitted to Beverly Obitz in Room 120, Stright Hall. Guidelines for submissions are available from the School of Graduate Studies and Research. If you are interested and have any questions, you may call 724-357-2224 or e-mail Beverly Obitz at bobitz@iup.edu.

Research Grants

Research grants are intended to encourage students to undertake research and creative projects which will contribute new insights to the student's academic field. If you are interested and have any questions, you may contact Gian Pagnucci by e-mail at pagnucci@iup.edu.

More information and current submission guidelines are available through the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Travel Awards

Travel awards are available to assist students who are interested in presenting papers at professional meetings and conferences. Amounts available will vary.

The Student Travel Form must be completed and returned to the associate dean of Research in Room 120, Stright Hall, at least two weeks prior to the meeting date. Doctoral and master’s students need to follow different instruction forms. The Travel Expense Voucher must be filled out upon the student’s return to IUP as well. All forms are available from the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

For more information, please contact Beverly Obitz at 724-357-2224 or by e-mail at bobitz@iup.edu. You may also speak to the graduate director of your program degree.

  • English Graduate Programs
  • Leonard Hall, Room 111
    421 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2263
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.