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Financial assistance for PhD students is typically provided for four years. Continuation of financial aid each year is dependent on successfully completing assigned assistantship duties and making satisfactory progress in the program. Financial support for students who remain in the program after eight semesters requires approval from the doctoral committee and the department chair and will be based on merit, the candidate’s past performance and other considerations.
Although doctoral students do not qualify for grants from the state or federal government, federal and private student loans are available. Follow the steps to apply for aid to begin the process of acquiring federal student loans. You may also want to contact the Graduate College to find additional scholarships/assistantships that you can apply for and for further assistance.
All doctoral students in the SCM department receive research and/or teaching assistantships for up to four years. A graduate assistantship requires 20 hours per week or work and pays a stipend, a remission of out-of-state tuition (where applicable) and a 100 percent reduction of in-state tuition. The stipend in the SCM department is announced each year and is considerably above the minimum specified by the Graduate College.
Doctoral students typically serve as research assistants for four years and as a teaching assistant in the third or fourth year. If financial assistance is provided for the fifth year it can be either a research or teaching assistantship.