Financing Your Degree

The current academic year’s registration fees for residents and nonresidents enrolled full-time can be found at the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website. Those fees are waived for funded graduate assistants. Because of the mild climate, the cost of living in Tucson is generally less than for most cities of its size. The vast majority of full-time students in the school receive some form of financial support.

The most common form of support is a graduate assistantship. Assistants are assigned to work with faculty members on research projects or as teaching assistants for courses in return for a stipend and a waiver of nonresident tuition charges. In 2018-2019, stipends for half-time assistantships (20 hours a week) are $16,400 for students without an M.A. degree and $17,100 for students with an M.A. Graduate assistantships not only provide financial aid, but are a valuable part of a student's professional training. In comparing this stipend level with other doctoral programs, be sure to take into account Tucson's relatively low cost of living (you can find a comparative cost calculator here).

Advanced students typically serve as teaching associates in charge of their own course. In addition, students may be supported by grants on faculty members' research projects. Currently, about 1/3 of graduate students are funded through research assistantships, which provide training opportunities as well as financial support.

Finally, graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply for external fellowships and grants. Our students are competitive for such awards. Training and assistance with applications for external support is available through the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute and the Graduate College.