Costs + Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available through both scholarships and assistantships. For the past several years, most graduate students in the Department have received assistantships. Tuition is waived for students holding assistantships.


Assistantships are awarded from a variety of sources. Some assistantships and fellowships are awarded by the Graduate School and are granted on a University-wide competitive basis, and a limited number of scholarships are available from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Departmental Assistantships

Assistantships are available through the department on a competitive basis. Assistantships can be offered for

  • 33% time; requires a 13 hour per week work obligation to the department
  • 40% time; requires a 16 hour per week work obligation to the department
  • 50% time; requires a 20 hour per week work obligation to the department

Teaching assistantships involve assisting a faculty member with his or her class(es) through activities such as preparation of lecture materials and exams, managing class rolls and grades, meeting with students, and/or teaching lab sections of large classes.

Research assistantships are usually funded by research projects and involve working with a particular faculty member on his or her research. Tasks may include assisting with literature reviews, data collection, coding, and analysis, writing manuscripts, and/or preparing presentations.

In most cases, assistantship pay is for 10 months, Aug-May.

All assistantships include a tuition waiver. Tuition waivers will be awarded in the summer for all students on assistantship.

Students are responsible for certain fees each semester.

At the master's level the stipend for 2022- 2023 is:

  • $13,556.05 for 33%
  • $16,267.42 for 40%
  • $20,334.28 for 50%

At the doctoral level the stipend for 2022-2023 is:

  • $14,650.48 for 33%
  • $17,580.76 for 40%
  • $21,975.95 for 50%

In some instances, 12-month assistantships are available and the above amounts are adjusted accordingly. Income from assistantships is subject to state and federal income taxes.

Because of the demand for assistantship support and the expectation that students finish their degree programs in a timely fashion, students at the Master's level are awarded assistantships for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students will ordinarily be supported for a maximum of three years and sometimes the fourth year of funding is possible.

These conditions are met as long as funds are available, the student makes satisfactory progress in the program, and performance of assistantship duties receives a positive evaluation.

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