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Financial Assistance

Financial Support

Qualified students are offered full financial support in the form of research or graduate assistantships. The School offers 12-month graduate appointments on a competitive basis. Assistantship recipients receive a stipend, tuition waiver and subsidized health insurance. Awards may be renewed annually for up to five years, if the student remains in good academic standing and is progressing with the dissertation work. Normally, a graduate assistantship requires some service to the University, most commonly in the form of teaching laboratory classes.

All applicants who apply without an external fellowship (e.g., Fulbright Scholarship or fellowship from a foreign government) are considered for a graduate assistantship.  We do not normally accept students on a part-time basis.

Cost of Living

The cost of living is relatively low in Kent, making the stipends especially rewarding. The same is true for students who choose to study and reside in the Rootstown area, where the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy are located. Although the cost of living may be more in Cleveland, where the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic is, it is still quite reasonable, making the stipends attractive to our students.