Graduate students are generously supported through teaching and research assistantships and University fellowships. Students in good academic standing are guaranteed appointments for periods of at least 4 1/2 years (Ph.D. candidates) or 2 1/2 years (M.S.) candidates. Stipends for 2011-12 range from $18,000 (M.S.) to $20,000 (Ph.D.) for a twelve-month appointment. A $1010 credit is made toward the University's health insurance plan. First-year bonuses and renewable merit fellowships providing an additional $2,500 per year are available to outstanding doctoral applicants. In addition, first-year bonuses of $1,250 are available for highly-talented students pursuing their Ph.D. in physical chemistry. Advanced Ph.D. students are typically funded through research assistantships ($20,000 or higher) provided by their respective advisors.
Graduate tuition and fees for the 2011-12 academic year are $6,992, for which a tuition scholarship is provided.