Financial aid is available to students in the form of loans, work study, and graduate assistantship opportunities. Contact the Financial Aid office directly to obtain more information and all of the necessary forms. All students accepted into the program are automatically considered for a graduate assistantship. Click here to learn more about graduate assistant positions.
Approximately one-third of students accepted into the program receive graduate assistantships. These involve working in the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program (LEHP), or the student may be assigned in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science (teaching undergraduate laboratories, CPR, activity classes, etc.).
Assistantships involve working approximately 14 hours per week. Nine-month and 12-month positions are available. Remuneration is approximately $6,700 for a nine-month position and $7,600 for a 12-month position. A limited number of out-of-state tuition waivers are also available on a competitive basis. Wisconsin has tuition reciprocity with Minnesota. If received, a tuition waiver is for one academic year, plus one summer session (only one of the two summer sessions required in the CEP program). All students, including those receiving out-of-state tuition waivers, must pay in-state tuition and fees.
If a student receives a graduate assistantship with the La Crosse Exercise and Health Program, they are required to work in our on-campus Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, which meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:30-11:00am. Since our programs go year-round, this is a full 12-month commitment. We usually can arrange for GAs to get some time off around the holiday periods. Also, because the graduate assistantships are funded through the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, each GA is required to teach a one-credit course during both the fall and spring semesters. The courses taught are usually CPR or some skill-related course (e.g., fitness walking, volleyball, etc.) that are in line with the previous experience or interest of the individual student.
There is not a separate Graduate Assistantship application. All students are automatically considered for the GA positions that are available.