Financial aid for undergraduate students are handled by the University Office of Financial Aid. Information for prospective undergraduates, current undergraduates, and parents is available on their site. There is also some information on aid sources for graduate students on the Office of Financial Aid web site.
Financial aid for graduate students is available through the Department in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships or research assistantships. Students are automatically considered for financial aid when they apply for admission. In addition to Department financial aid, graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply for nationally competitive fellowships that are available from NSF, NASA, DOD and other sources. The Department Graduate Committee makes financial aid decisions for Departmental fellowships and teaching assistantships on the basis of the following policy statements:
- All students applying for financial aid for Fall term should complete an application form before January 15 of the preceding academic year. Application forms for the Winter term should be submitted before November 1. For all students, the application form for admission will also serve as the application form for financial aid. All continuing students, including students receiving financial aid from the Department, should inform the Graduate Committee in writing of their desire for financial aid. In most cases, financial aid decisions are made for a single academic year.
- It is the policy of the Department to support the most outstanding graduate students. Financial aid decisions for new students are made on the basis of their prior academic record, GRE scores, recommendations and other relevant information supplied by the applicants. Financial aid decisions for continuing students are made on the basis of their academic record and their progress towards the degree, including their research progress. Preference is given to graduate students who intend to complete the Ph.D. degree and, in particular, to students who have achieved Candidacy.
- It is the policy of the Department that no graduate student will receive more than six terms of financial aid as a teaching assistant; this does not preclude financial aid from other sources such as Departmental or external fellowships or research assistantships.
- It is the policy of the Department that full financial aid packages be competitive with those offered at peer departments in other universities. A full financial aid package provided by the Department normally consists of a fellowship and tuition or of a teaching assistantship, fellowship and tuition. Students who receive fellowship aid from outside the Department should notify the Graduate Committee; such students are eligible for additional Departmental fellowship aid up to the level of a full package as is appropriate.
- The duties associated with a teaching assistantship appointment depend on the appointment fraction; the duties are assigned by the Chair of the Department and the Graduate Committee to meet the instructional needs of the Department. Fellowships normally do not carry specific duties, but students are strongly encouraged to become involved in some research activity with a faculty member. The duties associated with a research assistantship appointment are assigned by the faculty member responsible for the appointment.