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Financial Aid Information

Graduate students frequently wonder whether they can get financial assistance from the Department. This is available to qualified students in a variety of forms:

  • Fellowships provide a stipend to our best entering students.
  • Teaching assistantships provide a stipend in return for 20 hours work per week.
  • Research assistantships are awarded by individual professors who have research funds to support graduate students; consult the web pages of individual faculty to determine whether they are seeking research assistants.

In addition to the stipend, students receiving financial aid usually qualify for a waiver of a portion of the out-of-state portion of tuition. Doctoral candidates also usually qualify for an additional remission of a portion of the in-state portion of tuition. All applications need to be submitted by Feb. 1.

All applicants who are accepted by Feb. 1 are automatically considered for financial aid for the following Fall Semester.

Some students are also able to find campus employment with other departments or research groups.

Computer Science Tuition Award Policy

Policies for the competitive awarding of tuition waivers to MS and Ph.D. students are as follows:

Priorities for tuition awards are as follows:

  1. First priority will be given to students who are supported by research grants.
  2. Second priority will be given to students selected for specific tasks by the Department.
  3. Third priority will be given to MS plan A students who are recommended by their major professor.
  4. If any tuition waivers remain, they will be assigned based on the discretion of the Department.

The following restrictions apply:

  1. No student may receive a tuition waiver if they have been found to have violated the Computer Science Code of Conduct or the Computer Science Cheating Policy and been reported to Student Services.
  2. Students who have received a tuition waiver previously as a GTA must receive a satisfactory review from their previous supervisor in order to be considered for an additional award.
  3. Students who are employed outside of the Department will not be awarded tuition waivers from the Computer Science Department, they will need to petition the Department where they are working.

Constraints on Teaching and Research Assistantships
Department support is not unlimited or unconditional.  The following constraints apply for both MS and Ph.D. students.

  1. If you are a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), you must do well as a GTA.  Consistently poor GTA reports may result in end of support.
  2. You must have a CS faculty advisor (excluding adjuncts). Department support does not go to students supervised by faculty in other departments.
  3. You must have a current CS faculty advisor.  If your advisor leaves, get a new one. The advisor cannot, in general, direct from another university (exceptions are made for students who have passed the Ph.D. proposal or are otherwise nearing completion of their degree).
  4. You must continuously be making progress towards your degree in classes and research.

Additionally, for Ph.D. students the following apply.
5.You must make timely progress. You must pass qualifying exam by end of year 2 (or equivalent credit hours) and pass proposal by end of year 3.5 (or equivalent credit hours).
6.Support ends after completing the 5th year (or equivalent credit hours). Ph.D. students in their 6th/7th year may no longer be eligible for department support.