American Sign Language/English Interpreting
- There are a number of options when considering how to pay for your education.
- You can investigate sources of financial support by contacting the WOU Financial Aid Office.
- The WOU Registrar's Office can provide current information concerning tuition and fees. Other student costs include books and related materials.
- You can look into scholarship options via the WOU Foundation.
- You can work on campus as a student work in a variety of capacities. The benefit to working on campus is that school is always prioritized in terms of scheduling.
- Work as a Resident Assistant in the Residence Halls.
Federally funded scholarship for ASL/English Interpreting Majors
Through a U.S. Department of Education grant, the ASL/English Interpreting program offers federally supported scholarships during the regular academic year to all students accepted into the interpreting program. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be;
- enrolled full-time in the interpreting program
- be a U.S. citizen or in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen
- minoring in Special Education/Rehabilitation
Additionally, you must agree to:
- Attend three professional development opportunities per year
- Take the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment(EIPA) prior to graduation (funded by the grant)
- Take the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Knowledge exam in early spring of your senior year (funded by the grant)
- Take the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Performance & Interview exam in July of your graduating year (funded by the grant).
Additionally, each student who accepts this scholarship must enter into an agreement with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) section of the U.S. Department of Education to do the following:
- Upon graduation from WOU's ASL/English Interpreting program, secure employment in an educational setting serving students from 0 to 21 years of age who are on Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
- In that employment, work two years for every year of scholarship assistance in order to waive the total amount received while in WOU's ASL/English Interpreting program. The program typically takes 2 years to complete, so 4 years of employment would be required in an appropriate special education setting. Click here for more information on the post-graduation employment obligation.
- Link to stipend FAQs (frequently asked questions)
How are stipends awarded?
At this point, stipends are awarded equally to 12-15 eligible and interested Interpreting program student who meets the requirements.