All applicants for the M.S. and Ph.D. degree are considered for financial assistance. The most common forms are described below.
Teaching Assistantships (TA) provide a ($23,329 for AY 2013-14) stipend plus full tuition. Duties involve an average of 12 hours of work per week and may include assisting in the laboratory or recitation sections and grading reports or homework.
Research Assistantships (RA) provide a stipend plus full tuition. Fellowships require no teaching duties, and provide a standard stipend ($23,329 for AY 2013-14)
Students who receive full one-year TA or RA appointments are also entitled to two weeks vacation and University-observed holidays.
Partial Tuition Scholarships Because of the limited number of TAs and RAs available, partial tuition scholarships are also granted on a merit basis. These scholarships offer a 20-40% tuition waiver equivalent. In some departments, a few hours per week of work is required by the student in exchange for this waiver. There is no stipend associated with this form of assistantship.