Funding and Financial Aid

Students in Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education (RPSE) programs can receive several different types of funding and financial aid. For the most update-to-date information on funding and financial aid, please contact ​Kayla Armstrong, student services coordinator, at armstrongalf@wisc.edu.

Funding

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Special Education Doctoral Students

Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant Positions

Some qualified applicants to the doctoral program are offered a guarantee of ​four years of funding as teaching assistants or research assistants. Funding may be available beyond the initial ​four-year commitment but is not guaranteed. Teaching assistant positions include work in assisting a professor with an undergraduate course or supervising practicum or student teaching courses. Research assistant positions include work on research grants supervised by special education faculty. The special education area also offers an application process for additional open TA positions in special education.

University Fellowship

One or two applicants to the doctoral program is selected as a nominee to the University Fellowship competition in the social sciences. Recipients of the fellowship receive tuition remission, a stipend, and health insurance.

Education Graduate Research Scholars (EdGRS)

One or two eligible applicants to the special education doctoral program are selected to receive the Education Graduate Research Scholars (Ed-GRS) fellowship each year. Recipients of the fellowship receive two years of fellowship funding including tuition remission, a stipend, and health insurance. For more information, see Ed-GRS Fellowship.

Project SITE (Scholarship in Teaching Education)

This scholarship provides full doctoral funding for four years, among other monetary benefits.  Recipients complete specialized coursework, internships, and mentoring from 13 nationally renowned special education researchers. For more information, see Project SITE flyer.

Special Education Undergraduate and Master's Students

The special education program assists in the selection of recipients for some School of Education scholarships including: The Ruth Alice Howell and Miriam Howell Jones Scholarship, the Robert C. and Pamela Kelly School of Education Fund, the Helen C. Kirk Scholarship, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Schauss Family Scholarship, the Judith Sloan Scholarship, and the Tina Weintraub Fund. Applicants and current students in the undergraduate programs in special education and elementary education-special education dual certification and in the master’s with teacher certification program are invited to apply for these scholarships in January or February. Recipients are notified of awards in April or May.

Teach Grants

These grants are set up as a forgivable loan, and are administered through the Office of Financial Aid and the School of Education​. TEACH grants are open to eligible students pursuing special education teacher certification.

Master’s Funding Programs

Special education master’s students pursuing teacher certification can receive specific funding including:

Clinical Rehabilitation ​Counseling Master's and Rehabilitation Counselor Education Doctoral Students

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Scholarship

The scholarship provides $6,005 toward tuition and a stipend of $1,500 per semester for full-time students during the fall and spring semesters of their first year. Each year, applicants and current students in the clinical rehabilitation ​counseling are notified by the RPSE department of the scholarship application process.

The purpose of the RSA scholarship is to increase the supply of qualified professionals to work for state VR agencies (i.e., the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation or the comparable agencies in other states) or other agencies and programs that cooperate with state VR agencies in serving their clientele. The scholarship is structured as a forgivable loan and requires a commitment to work in VR or their contracting agencies after graduation for one year in exchange for each semester of scholarship received.

Project and Research Assistants

A variety of research and demonstration projects are conducted by individual professors, usually through some form of external funding. The projects frequently have budgeted research and/or project assistantship positions for which recipients are selected by the project director. Professors are notified of potential candidates for such positions from among those applying for admission. Salary is based on percentage of time committed, and appointments are usually for no less than one-third time. Appointments with a semester percentage of one-third time or more provide tuition remission, a stipend, and benefits including health insurance.

Teaching Assistants

A limited number of teaching assistantships are available for full-time PhD-level students. These appointments are made by the rehabilitation psychology area faculty. Typically, teaching assistants assist faculty with lecture, practicum or internship courses. Salary is based on percentage of time committed, and appointments are usually for no less than one-third time. Appointments with a semester percentage of one-third time or more provide tuition remission, a stipend, and benefits including health insurance.

University Fellowship

One applicant to the doctoral program is selected as a nominee to the University Fellowship competition in the social sciences. Recipients of the fellowship receive tuition remission, a stipend, and health insurance.

Education Graduate Research Scholars (EdGRS)

One or two applicants to the doctoral program are selected to receive the Education Graduate Research Scholars (Ed-GRS) fellowship each year. Recipients of the fellowship receive two years of fellowship funding including tuition remission, a stipend and health insurance. For more information, see Ed-GRS Fellowship.