Tuition, Fees, and Graduate Assistantships

Tuition and Fees


Ithaca College offers affordable tuition for graduate students interested in pursuing careers in the teaching profession.

Room and Board

No on-campus housing is available for graduate students, but there are apartments and rooms to rent in Ithaca neighborhoods and in the surrounding area. The Ithaca College Dining Services offers a variety of campus meal plans for off-campus residents.

New York State Certification Fees

Initial certification as a teacher in the state of New York requires passing scores on four certification exams. Fees for these exams total approximately $700; specific information about exam costs is available on the state's teacher certification exam site. The application for certification in New York costs $40.

Graduate Assistantships, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships in Education are available on a limited and competitive basis.  Applications for Graduate Assistantships are an optional component of the regular application process for admission; one additional letter of recommendation is required.  There are two types of Graduate Assistantships in the Adolescence Education and Childhood Education programs, one consisting of a partial tuition scholarship and one consisting of a stipend in exchange for a set number of hours of collaborative project work with faculty members and/or staff.

Math and Science Teaching Initiatives   

New York State has just approved a new Math & Science Teaching Incentive Program, which will provide grants to help eligible students pay for tuition costs. Full-time students matriculating in an approved undergraduate or graduate program that leads to a math or science teaching career in secondary education are eligible to apply. Recipients must agree to work for five years as a secondary math or science teacher. For more information about the program, how to apply, and qualifications, please see NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Scholarships.

Other Financial Aid Possibilities

The Financial Aid Office at Ithaca College can provide information about financial aid for graduate students.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is available through Ithaca College for the full year (September-August). There is no coverage for summer only, nor is there coverage for dependents.