Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for graduate students is provided in the form of teaching and research appointments, fellowships, traineeships, tuition scholarships, and loans. Application for financial aid should be made on the regular Application for Admission to Graduate Study form except in special cases as noted below. All applications for financial assistance are reviewed at the departmental level and awards made to the extent of available funds. Admission to graduate study does not carry any implications concerning the award of financial aid. Only students with full graduate status are eligible for teaching assistantships and fellowships.

Teaching and Research Appointments

Each year about 600 teaching appointments for graduate students are allocated to departments offering graduate degrees in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences to assist in undergraduate instruction in Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and in the College of General Studies. In addition to financial support, these appointments provide teaching experience and further professional development.

In recognition of academic merit, the University offers Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, Graduate Student Assistants, and Graduate Student Researchers full or proportional tuition scholarships, and students are required to register for the number of credits proportional to appointment. If appointed in the summer term, students should register for a minimum of three credits (or "Full-time Dissertation Study" if eligible), unless additional registration is needed for academic purposes. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in order to qualify for teaching and GSA appointments/reappointments.

The University provides individual medical insurance coverage for TAs/TFs/GSAs and GSRs. Such students can also purchase family coverage (for spouse and/or dependent children) by paying the difference between the premium costs for the Individual Option and the Family Option.

The University's policy concerning Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows, dealing with appointments, reappointments, terminations, benefits, and responsibilities, is contained in the University TA/TF/GSA Policy Statement, sent to all new Teaching Assistants. Students should refer to this Policy Statement for information on how and when FICA (Social Security) tax will be withheld from the salaries of TA/TF/GSAs. The University's policy concerning Graduate Student Researchers is contained in the University GSR Policy Statement, sent to all new GSRs. 

Teaching Assistants(TA): Qualified (full graduate status) first-year graduate students and students who have not completed the master's degree or qualified for an appointment as a Teaching Fellow may be appointed as Teaching Assistants. The duties of a TA include teaching recitation sections, monitoring quizzes, assisting in laboratory instruction, and participating in related activities involving undergraduate programs. Stipends for TAs. For these services, students are required to work approximately 20 hours per week. Two-term TAs who want to receive their salary spread out across three terms should contact their department immediately.

Teaching Fellows (TF): Graduate students who have completed the master's degree or two terms of academic full residence (eight course units or the equivalent of work acceptable for the master's degree) and who have demonstrated that they are qualified to undertake more responsible part-time teaching duties than are regularly assigned to Teaching Assistants may be appointed as Teaching Fellows. Stipends for TFs. For these services, students are required to work approximately 20 hours per week. Two-term TAs who want to receive their salary spread out across three terms should contact their department immediately.

Graduate Student Assistants (GSA): A few graduate student assistantships are available in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. A GSA usually assists a faculty member in library research, editorial duties, or similar academic tasks. Stipends for GSAs.For these services, students are required to work approximately 20 hours per week.

Graduate Student Researchers (GSR): Research grants funded by government and private agencies provide about 200 full- and part-time research assistantships for graduate students. Most, but not all, of these assistantships are in projects that are directly related to the thesis or dissertation research of the student; all provide the student with valuable research training and experience. The GSRs work under the direct supervision of and are appointed by the principal investigator (or associate) of the funded research project. Their stipends are determined by the terms of the grant within guidelines set by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. Stipends for GSRs