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University Awards

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All graduate students are considered for University merit-based financial assistance including teachings assistantships, research assistantships, fellowships and scholarships.  This aid is awarded by each academic department.  Not all types of assistantships are available in all programs.  Please visit the graduate program website for further information on the assistance available for your program.

Teaching Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships (TA) provide a stipend plus full tuition.  Duties include an average of 12 hours of work per week and may include assisting in the laboratory or recitation sections and grading of reports or homework.

Research Assistantships
Research Assistantships (RA) require no teaching responsibilities, and provide a standard stipend plus full tuition.

Industrial and Governmental Fellowships
Funding may cover full or partial tuition and/or a stipend.  The stipend must be at least minimum wage and duties may not exceed 40 hours per week including time to attend classes.

Partial Tuition Scholarships/Assistantships
Due to the limited number of TAs and RAs available, partial tuition scholarships and assistantships are also granted on a merit basis.  These assistantships 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 the waiver.  There is no stipend associated with this form of aid.