With rare exception, international and domestic PhD students receive full financial support for the first 2-3 quarters by the department and thereafter by the student’s principal investigator. Support includes tuition, a monthly stipend and health insurance benefits (medical/dental/vision), assuming satisfactory progress toward the degree.
Master of Science and Combined Bachelor/Master of Science students do not receive financial support and are responsible for paying their tuition.
All students are responsible for paying nominal quarterly fees (includes cost of full-fare transit pass, technology fee, building fees and others).
Determining how to finance your education may be a critical factor in a student’s decision to apply to graduate school. Although some students have strong financial support from their family or government, most need to plan carefully. There are many forms of financial support that students may be eligible for as a graduate student. Students are advised to search early and seek all possible funding options. Some helpful resources:
Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) – Information about need-based financial aid such as student loans and work study.
Fellowships – Generally offered by graduate programs, fellowships may be discipline-specific as well as broad.
Assistantships – Assistantships are available via appointing departments and are covered by a union contract. Options include teaching assistantship (TA), research assistantship (RA) and staff assistantship (SA).
Other Funding Resources – More ideas to help students finance their graduate education.