While applications for admission are accepted all year, Graduate Assistantship (GA) applications are only accepted once a year. Financial aid and admission are separate processes, and one must first be admitted before being considered for Graduate Assistantship (GA). Applications for graduate assistantships must be received before the deadline. If you are awarded an assistantship, you will be notified by mid-late April.
Research Assistant (RA) positions are personally selected by faculty members who have external grant money. As you develop your own special interests in computer science and form research relationships with faculty you may be considered for a research assistant position, but this is solely under the authority of the faculty member and his/her grant.
There are several types of financial aid (graduate appointments) for which a student can apply (see Graduate Support Regulations for further details). Note that aid is granted only to students with full admission into the graduate program, not post-undergraduate students, or graduate students with Conditional Admission.
Graduate appointees in computer science are sometimes supported during the summer session with a stipend equal to 1/3 of their academic year stipend. Such support is not guaranteed and is contingent on the student making satisfactory progress toward a degree, on satisfactory evaluations associated with previous financial support, and on available funds. Applications for summer support will be reviewed by CS Graduate Studies Committee.
For graduate appointees who hold a RA appointment from an individual faculty member (who has received a research grant from some extramural source) during the spring semester, RA summer appointments are dependent on the principal investigator's research funding.
As of Fall 2023, the 9-month GA and RA stipends are as follows:
If you did not receive financial aid when you originally applied to our program, you may want to reapply for aid once you are here. To make your case stronger, provide the CS Graduate Office with updated transcripts and letters of recommendation from local faculty. Good grades here at Kent State and a start on your thesis/dissertation work are particularly desirable.
If you reapply once you are here, and you still do not receive aid, work on improving your case and then try again the next semester. Also, keep in mind that there are typically more new graduate assistantships to award for the Fall semester than for the Spring semester.
If you have passed your Candidacy Exam, you might want to apply for the University Fellowship.
Graduate Studies sponsors this award. Since our department can only nominate one applicant, the Graduate Studies Committee will select our applicant. The graduate coordinator will guide the completion of the fellowship forms for the doctoral students to be nominated.