Financial aid for PhD students

A common question we receive is “What kind of financial aid is available for PhD students?” and “How do I apply for financial aid if I am applying to the PhD program?”

Each student who is admitted to the PhD program is almost always fully funded by the admitting department, usually via a research or teaching assistantship. The exact terms of the award vary by department but they all include a 100% tuition/fee waiver plus a monthly stipend. (The stipend varies between departments so I cannot comment or guess how much the stipend is for any specific department.)

Accordingly, when you prepare your application for the PhD program, there is nothing additional that you will need to submit to be considered for financial aid … rather, focus on getting admitted – if you are admitted, financial support will follow.

2 Responses to “Financial aid for PhD students”

  1. 1 AP November 12, 2010 at 7:42 am

    How much will be the stipend ?

    Is it taxable? and what will the effective amount after taxattion?


  2. 2 chabot_2 November 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Stipends vary by program – can vary from $1400 to $2200 per month. I believe the stipend portion of the PhD award is taxable. Amount of the stipend after taxes will depend on your effective federal and state/local tax rate.

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