Financial Aid

What percentage of incoming students receive financial aid?

All PhD students receive funding in the form of a teaching assistantship. There are no teaching assistantships available for MA students.

Can you explain your program's teaching assistantships?

Our program offers Teaching Assistantships to all accepted PhD applicants. We support our PhD students through six years of funding, contingent upon sufficient progress through the program. Many students finish the degree in a shorter length of time; however, it's generally best to anticipate spending at least four years on the degree. The length of time is inseparable from specific terms of support. Our standard package for PhD students is about $14,000 per year stipend, plus tuition remission, and a teaching load of three classes a year (2-1) after the first year (in which you take a teaching practicum and then teach two classes). Due to increased demand, as of 2009 we no longer offer teaching assistantships for incoming MA students.

How do I apply for fellowships/awards?

If you would like to be considered for a university fellowship or other award from the Graduate College, simply complete an Application for Graduate Appointment and submit it with your application. Note: it is required for PhD applicants. Nominations are handled by the English Department and all eligible accepted applicants will automatically be considered for university awards.