Graduate Financial Aid
In recent years, all graduate students who requested full support for the four to five years of their doctoral study received it. Graduate assistantship appointments include both a stipend and remission of tuition for the nine-month school year and one of the two five-week summer sessions. For the 2007-2008 academic year, stipends are $13,200. Fellowships, with stipends ranging up to $17,600 per year, are also available to outstanding students.
Financial aid is awarded on the basis of merit. No additional information is required beyond the application materials. All applicants are considered for financial aid unless they state that they do not wish to be considered.
Students who receive stipends and tuition waivers are expected to work 15 hours per week. This usually involves assisting faculty members with their classes or research. In later years, students often choose to teach undergraduate classes.
All students receive a $300 spending account, which they may use to defray costs incurred in their research. Students may also receive $250 per year to attend a professional conference to give a presentation.