Graduate Financial Aid

DEPARTMENTAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
The ECE department may provide the following levels of support for qualified incoming graduate students.  The number of students under each category will depend on the budget.


Tier I - $1,000/month for Masters students and $1,200/month for PhD students.

  • Out-of-state tuition is waived for Masters and PhD students.  In-state tuition remission is granted for PhD students.
  • Must maintain a GPA of 3.3 during the first semester and 3.6 each semester thereafter.
  • These positions require the student to work 20 hours/week on teaching related duties, unless the position is designated as a fellowship.
  • The student is expected to find RA support within 12 months. 
  • This support is not renewable. 
  • Preference will be given to PhD student

Tier II - $500/month for Masters students and $600/month for PhD students.

  • Out-of-state tuition is waived for Masters and PhD students.  In-state tuition remission is granted for PhD students. 
  • Must maintain a GPA of 3.1 during the first semester and 3.3 each semester thereafter.
  • These positions require the student to work 10 hours/week helping the assigned faculty member with primarily teaching related duties.
  • This support will be available for a maximum of 12 months for PhD students and a maximum of 3 semesters (excluding summer) for MS students.

Tier III - No support.  Students arriving with no university support, are eligible to compete for any open Tier I or Tier II positions for the following semester.


Research Assistantships - Students may contact faculty after they arrive on campus for research assistantships.  Assistantships typically pay $800-$1500/month depending on availability of faculty funds.


GPA
The department will monitor the cumulative GPA of each student.

  • If a student’s GPA falls below 3.0, he/she is placed on probation.  If the GPA is still under 3.0 at the end of the following semester, the student is dropped from the program.
  • No student with a GPA under 3.0 may receive departmental or RA support.  They will not be eligible for an in-state tuition award or nonresident tuition waiver.
  • To be admitted to the Concurrent Program, students must have a GPA of 3.3 or better.
  • Beginning Spring 2007 semester, C- grades or lower are not accepted into the minimum 30 credits required towards a Masters or PhD degree.
  
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