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Graduate Students

Financial Support

Financial Aid

The department supports graduate students with RA or TA appointments in the doctoral program. With a few exceptions, the stipend for research assistantships (RAs), teaching assistantships (TAs), and fellowships is $3,124 per month (2022-23). Students on RA and TA appointments are exempt from most tuition and fees, and are covered by medical insurance.

RAs are available during the summer as well as the rest of the academic year. The academic-year stipend rate also applies in the summer. Moreover, if a student comes to the Department with a fellowship carrying a stipend below the prevailing departmental rate, the Department will provide a supplementary fellowship to bring the total to the prevailing rate.

Supported students must register for 10 or more credits per quarter and make satisfactory progress toward their degree. Regardless of the form of support, students are expected to work on their thesis research projects.

All Ph.D.-track students must aid the Department by serving as TAs at some time during their UW tenure. Doctoral students usually serve for three quarters but may be required to serve for more. Each TA works closely with one or more faculty members, assisting in grading, handling undergraduate laboratory instruction, quiz sections, etc. The typical TA work load averages 20 hours per week.


Many graduate students, whether single or married, choose to live in privately operated apartments and rental homes in the community surrounding the University.

An alternative is campus living. On-campus housing options for graduate students are plentiful and varied. Singles and families are encouraged to contact Housing & Food Services for information.
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