Financial Assistance

The Department offers financial assistance in the form of graduate assistantships and fellowships. To apply, use the form for requesting financial assistance included in the Graduate School application packet.

Graduate Assistantships

Many of our students are supported by graduate assistantships with responsibilities for either research or teaching. Graduate assistants are expected to work an average of 20 hours a week on their research or teaching duties. They must maintain at least a “B” average. They are considered employees of the University and are thus covered by health insurance. In addition to a competitive salary, graduate assistants receive tuition remission for up to 10 credits in each the fall and spring semesters and up to 4 credits each summer semester.


The Department awards a number of fellowships each year to highly qualified applicants.  Annual fellowship stipends are highly competitive. Fellowship awards also include tuition remission of up to twelve credits per semester. Fellowships are awarded to PhD students for two (2) years. After the expiration of the fellowship, the Department expects to provide PhD fellowship recipients with an additional two years of support as a graduate assistant subject to satisfactory academic progress.

All applicants for financial aid are automatically considered for fellowships as well as assistantships.

Financial assistance in the form of loans and work study may also be available. Interested students should contact the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.