Financial Support for Graduate Students

All M.A. and Ph.D. programs offered by EALL are recognized Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) regional graduate programs. Residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, with a GPA of 3.5+ are eligible, upon admission, to enroll at 1.5% of the Hawai’i resident tuition rate. For more information, please visit  the WICHE website.

Financial Aid

A number of financial aid and work opportunities are available through the department, the university and affiliated centers of study.

Graduate Assistantships

A number of graduate assistantship positions (generally teaching positions) are available every year to qualified graduate students. Normally a GAship requires 20 hours of work per week, and if awarded the student will receive a full tuition waiver, medical benefits, and a monthly stipend. All students with GAship are still liable for activity and other fees. Further information, including details on salary rates, is available from the graduate division website. The graduate division also publishes a graduate assistant handbook.

When a GAship position becomes available, it will be posted on the departments e-mail list for graduate students (

  • Continuing students may reactivate, update or replace a previously submitted application.
  • Applicants to the EALL Graduate Program are encouraged to submit an application for a GAship with their other application materials. These applications will automatically be considered during the semester in which the student applies for admission.

The application form is available online. In order to receive priority consideration, a paper copy of the application should be submitted to Ms. Evelyn Nakanishi, Graduate Program Coordinator (Moore Hall 382), by September 1st for Spring admissions, and by February 1st for Fall admissions. The selection process will begin on these dates respectively, but hiring will continue until all open positions are filled. Also, although three letters of recommendation are required, an applicant may request that the three letters of recommendation submitted for admission to the graduate program also be used for the application for the position of Graduate Assistant in lieu of submitting additional letters. Please make sure to review the guidelines for language teaching GAs and the GA selection criteria before applying.

Other Aid

Further financial aid and work opportunities may be available at the following links:

Grants & Fellowships

A number of financial aid and work opportunities are available through the department, the university and affiliated centers of study.


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