Each year the Computer Science department offers a small number of graduate assistantships for new and continuing students. Assistantships are competitive and target students with exceptional computing background, regardless of which degree you are pursuing. Teaching-assistantship duties are assigned for up to 18 hours per week in computer labs, in support of faculty research projects, or in network or web support in the department.
Research Assistantships in computer science may also be available from time to time depending upon the availability of faculty research grants. Other units of the university sometimes offer TA awards for computer science students. There is no separate application for seeking a research assistantship or TA awards in other units of the university. All applications are initially reviewed by the Graduate Program Director.
New applicants to the Master’s programs in computer science who wish to apply for financial support should check the box under the Merit Award Information section of the application form for the question: “Do you wish to be considered for a Merit Award?”. Be sure to note the application deadlines in the list below.
For new students who receive an assistantship, it is customary for the department to make a commitment to the end of the academic year, with an understanding to continue for up to a total of three semesters if funds are available for the next academic year, and if the students maintain their academic and work standards.
The aim is to announce the awards before April 15 for Fall, and in November for Spring.
If you miss these deadlines you may apply in your first semester or later as a current student.
Continuing students’ recent academic experience at Loyola is the most important consideration in giving a new award.
Continuing students will get an emailed reminder to their Loyola address several weeks before the deadline. The reminder will include the URL for an online form to fill out as your application. Note that the deadlines are earlier than for just admitted students:
Continuing students fill out the online form by March 1 for Fall awards, and by October 1 for Spring awards.
Students who have already been given an award for the upcoming semester should not fill out the form. Initial awards for current students are generally finalized after the awards to new students are completed.
Awardees who did not grow up in the US may be required by the Graduate School to take an extra English test on campus, even if they have other English language certifications. The standards for TA’s are higher than the entrance requirements. Someone who did not score high enough on the Loyola test will be required to take ESL in the first semester after the exam, and pay the extra tuition - TA tuition awards may not be used. The cost has generally been about the same as one regular graduate academic credit.
Further information about Graduate awards is at http://www.luc.edu/gradschool/FundingGrad.Education.shtml, including formal acceptance of awards, and details of stipend payment and tuition awards.
Only the merit awards discussed above are administered by the Computer Science Department. General information about other financial aid is at http://www.luc.edu/finaid/responsibilities_rights.shtml. Remember FAFSA for U.S. Students/Permanent Residents.