The EECS doctoral programs admit only those students for whom financial aid can be guaranteed for the anticipated duration of studies (five years for students entering with a BS, four years for students entering with an MS), assuming satisfactory progress is made. Most commonly, this financial aid is offered by the doctoral program when admission is offered, and consists of a fellowship, a research assistantship, a teaching assistantship, or a combination thereof. This aid normally includes a tuition waiver, stipend (currently $25,000 for 12 months) and health care. Students entering with an external fellowship will see their award adjusted to reflect the external support. As a condition of admission, students must report external fellowships--along with documentation of the award--to the Financial Aid Officer at the time that the admission application is submitted.
The EECS Department has limited financial aid to award to master's students at the time of application. On the other hand, master's students occasionally receive a research or teaching assistantship after they begin their studies. Master's students are encouraged to apply for fellowships from sources outside the Department. Many of the more common fellowships and other funding sources are listed below.
GSI and GSRA positions are filled by both incoming and current graduate students. Doctoral students are given priority. GSIs and GSRAs are usually expected to work 16 to 20 hours a week, receiving full tuition and fees, monthly stipend, and university health care coverage.