Tuition and Financial Aid

Basic Funding Package

We guarantee 5 years of funding (approx. $48,000 annually) for students making good progress in the program:

  • Full tuition waiver for five years (estimated cost $15,500 for the 2014-15 year)
  • Minimum 9-month stipend of $20,000 in the form of teaching and research assistantships and/or fellowships
  • Summer research fellowships of $5,000 available annually in years 1–4 to those making good academic progress
  • Health insurance fully covered by program (estimated cost $4,000 annually)
  • Health insurance for spouse and dependents at a reduced rate
  • All student fees paid by program (estimated cost $2,300 domestic or $2,600 international annually)
  • Annual research and teaching supplement of $1,200 (years 1–2) and $1,500 (years 3–5)

Assistantships & Fellowships


Funding consists of 50%-time teaching and/or research assistantships that involve approximately 20 hours of work per week. These assistantships qualify students for tuition waivers and health insurance benefits.


A variety of fellowship opportunities are available to students as they progress through the program.  These fellowships include Summer Research Fellowships, Travel Fellowships, Dissertation Fellowships, along with graduate school fellowships (a list of which can be found here:

Research and Teaching Supplements

Each student receives $1,200–$1,500 per year in a RATS account to help defray the costs of research- and teaching-related expenses, such as copying course materials, paying subjects, purchasing software and datasets for research, transcribing research notes, and travel associated with presentations. ($1,200 for the first two years, increasing to $1,500 for the last three years)


Students are responsible for the cost of books, which can cost up to $500/semester.

Student Health Benefit Plan

All PhD students are eligible for the University graduate assistant health and dental insurance plan. We pay the full cost for student insurance which is estimated at $4,000 annually. Reduced-cost health insurance is also available for spouses and dependents.

Student Fees

All student fees are paid by the program and amount to approximately $2,300 domestic or $2,600 international annually.