Financial Aid FAQs
All graduate students who request funding are considered for assistantships. Successful acquisition of assistantships depends on a number of factors, including research interests for research assistantships and relevance and experience in the subject matter for teaching assistantships, among other factors.
No, simply indicating interest in acquiring assistantships in the application form is sufficient.
The department cannot guarantee funding for all graduate students. We offer a limited number of teaching and research assistantships and the availability of these assistantships varies each year. We have typically been offering 10 hrs/week of assistantship to many graduate students in the department.
A 10-hr/week assistantship per semester carries with it a full tuition waiver and 95% health coverage.
The department funds graduate students primarily through teaching and research assistantships. The number of each varies each year. We also offer some graduate scholarships. For more information about graduate scholarships, go to our Financial Aid page.
Students are strongly encouraged to explore alternate sources of funding including but not limited to external scholarships. Occasionally graduate students have also been successful in acquiring funding through other graduate departments in the university as research, teaching or project assistants.