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Financial Support

Financial aid in the form of tuition waivers, teaching and research assistantships, fellowships and scholarships is available in the Ph.D. Program. The School’s goal is to provide financial support for at least four years for all doctoral students who make satisfactory progress toward the completion of the degree and maintain a high standard of performance in their assignments. The objectives of financial support packages are to help fund the student’s educational program and to provide the student with supervised professional experience in both teaching and research. The financial packages for more senior students are designed to allow them to focus on their own individual work (i.e., the dissertation). At this stage, many students also successfully compete for national fellowships and research grants.

Financial Aid Form

Since the requirements for several of the School’s fellowships and scholarships list financial need as one of the criteria for selection, applicants who are admitted to the program will be strongly encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). University policy requires that this application be filled before a student can be considered for any fellowship or scholarship that specifies financial need as one of the criteria. Applications can be filled out and submitted at the FAFSA website. Note that applicants with substantial income in the year before entering a doctoral program may still qualify for financial need based on projected income for the first year in the program.