International Grant in Aid

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In an effort to foster the education of future professionals from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds, the Graduate School will award a 100% waiver of out of state tuition and a 100% waiver of the instructional fee for international students pursuing a graduate degree. The International Grant-in-Aid (IGIA) will primarily function as an award for new qualifying international students in need of financial assistance. To ensure the strategic recruitment and retention of students, the Graduate School will give IGIA priority to those graduate programs willing to offer students a Graduate Assistantship after the successful completion of their first year of study. This award is intended to attract diverse international students to Miami's graduate programs, with the goal to increase the number of diverse international students completing master’s and doctoral study at Miami University.

  • Applicant must have earned degree(s) from a university recognized by the country’s Ministry of Education with a minimum GPA of 3.0 after credential evaluation.
  • If required, applicant must meet a minimum level of English proficiency.
  • TOEFL iBT total score greater than or equal to 87 with a minimum speaking score of 20.
  • IELTS overall band score greater than or equal to 7.0 with a minimum speaking score of 6.5.
  • Bahamian, Fulbright, HCED, and Muskie students automatically qualify.
  • Students must be on an F or J visa.
  • New incoming students from underrepresented countries have priority consideration
  • Students in a Market Driven Tuition program are NOT eligible for this award
  • Departments will nominate eligible students by submitting the International Grant-in-Aid Application  to the Coordinator of International Admissions.
  • Typically, no more than three (3) IGIA's nominated per degree program.
  • IGIA nominations should be submitted annually on February 15 or March 15
  • Departments should not inform students of the GIA offer until confirmed by the Graduate School.
  • A total of 20 International Grant-in-Aid awards are available.
  • IGIA awards are valid for up to one academic year (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters).
  • Recipients must be enrolled full-time in a degree program.
  • IGIA waivers cannot be transferred to a new degree program.
  • Students nominated for renewal must have earned a 3.0 or greater GPA.
  • Doctoral, MArch III, and MFA students are eligible for renewal once for a 2-year total award; the department is expected to fund the student after the second year.
  • Renewal of the Grants in Aid for subsequent year(s) in non-Doctoral and non-MFA degree programs is the decision of the Graduate School.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must have earned degree(s) from a university recognized by the country’s Ministry of Education with a minimum GPA of 3.0 after credential evaluation.
  • If required, applicant must meet a minimum level of English proficiency.
  • TOEFL iBT total score greater than or equal to 87 with a minimum speaking score of 20.
  • IELTS overall band score greater than or equal to 7.0 with a minimum speaking score of 6.5.
  • Bahamian, Fulbright, HCED, and Muskie students automatically qualify.
  • Students must be on an F or J visa.
  • New incoming students from underrepresented countries have priority consideration
  • Students in a Market Driven Tuition program are NOT eligible for this award

Nomination Process

  • Departments will nominate eligible students by submitting the International Grant-in-Aid Application  to the Coordinator of International Admissions.
  • Typically, no more than three (3) IGIA's nominated per degree program.
  • IGIA nominations should be submitted annually on February 15 or March 15
  • Departments should not inform students of the GIA offer until confirmed by the Graduate School.
  • A total of 20 International Grant-in-Aid awards are available.

Terms of Aid

  • IGIA awards are valid for up to one academic year (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters).
  • Recipients must be enrolled full-time in a degree program.
  • IGIA waivers cannot be transferred to a new degree program.

Award Renewal

  • Students nominated for renewal must have earned a 3.0 or greater GPA.
  • Doctoral, MArch III, and MFA students are eligible for renewal once for a 2-year total award; the department is expected to fund the student after the second year.
  • Renewal of the Grants in Aid for subsequent year(s) in non-Doctoral and non-MFA degree programs is the decision of the Graduate School.