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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; potential students should consult the web pages of individual faculty to determine whether they are seeking research assistants.
  • General assistantships provide a stipend for Graduate Teaching 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 February 15th.

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

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

Computer Science Tuition Award Policy

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.

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 the student services AVIF.
  2. Students who have received a tuition waiver previously as a Graduate Teaching Assistant 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.