Funding Your Graduate Education

Graduate Aides (Teaching or Research)

Graduate Aide teaching positions are available fall and spring semesters.  The application form for a graduate aide position is available on the Department website. 

Please also take time to review our Gainful Employment Policy (PDF).

A limited number of graduate aide research positions are available through individual faculty members or the Department.  To be eligible to hold a graduate staff appointment during any session, an individual must  enroll as a graduate student in a degree program and be registered for a minimum of three credit hours of graduate level course and/or research work during the entire appointment period.  (Graduate staff on appointment during the summer is obligated to register for a minimum of three graduate hours during at least one of the summer modules.)

Graduate Staff Fee Remission Policy

NOTE:  If eligible for Financial Aid through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), acceptance of a Graduate Staff Fee remission may affect your Financial Aid award(s).

Employment Requirements

Graduate student staff appointed as Graduate Aides receive a tuition and fee remission during the semester and summer session that they are employed.  The fee remission relieves the graduate student of the obligation to pay full tuition and fees and requires the student to pay only a nominal fee each semester and one-half the semester rate during the summer.


A student is eligible for the graduate staff fee remission if the appointment is in effect during the first six weeks of a semester or through July 1 of the summer session semester or prior to July 1 during the summer session and coursework is continued, all fees will be assessed for the semester or summer session.  Students enrolled in the summer session are eligible for summer fee remission if they held a teaching assistantship in the prior spring semester and also will be appointed to a teaching assistantship in the following fall semester.

A student who held a teaching assistantship in the spring semester but will not hold one in the fall semester because he or she will complete degree requirements during the summer may be granted a tuition and fee waiver for the summer session. 

Graduate Distinction Scholarship

  • $6,000 ($2,000 per year) – Indiana resident
  • $12,000 ($4,000 per year) – Non-Indiana resident

The Graduate Distinction Scholarship is intended for recent graduates of Indiana and Illinois high schools and community colleges, and graduate students. The scholarship is designed to recognize and assist ambitious students who display a high level of academic excellence and potential for advancing northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area after they graduate.

  • The requirements for this scholarship for graduate students are as follows –
    • Must be admitted into a Purdue University Calumet graduate program.
    • Must be a Beginning Graduate student.
    • Undergraduate GPA must be at or above 3.25
    • Annual maximum scholarship amount – Indiana residents $1,000, out-of-state residents $3,000
      • Scholarship is pro-rated and is distributed to students per credit hour.
      • Available for a maximum of six consecutive semesters (fall, spring, and summer).
    • To continue receiving the scholarship, students must maintain a 3.25 GPA and be enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours per academic year (fall, spring, and summer).
    • Scholarship may not exceed $1,000 annually for dependents of Purdue Calumet employees and Graduate Aides.