Early application to the program will increase your chances
for financial support. We offer graduate assistantships, outside scholarships,
research assistantships, and more.
The overall model for an assistantship includes:
stipend, in exchange for up to 20 hours
of invested work per week
insurance, depending on the level of support offered
involvement with faculty as research or teaching staff
Teaching Assistantship (TA)
- TAs are typically assigned to assist professors
with certain courses. Possible job duties might include: preparing and
delivering guest lectures
- preparing class projects
- delivering required laboratory sections
Qualifications for a teaching assistantship include:
- strong organization skills
verbal communication skills
- past experience in teaching
Weekly time commitment
Benefits: (to qualify, your appointment must cover the
10–19 hours per week
Pay tuition at resident rates, tuition remission of $2,121
($1,060 in the fall and $1,061 in the spring).
20 hours per week (full-time)
Pay tuition at resident rates, tuition remission $4,242
($2,121 in fall and $2,121 in spring); health insurance premium subsidy (if
you enroll for health insurance).
Research Assistantship (RA)
RAs are funded by research grants submitted to outside
agencies and awarded to various faculty members.
Because these grants are based on achievement of certain
research goals, RAs are selected based on their abilities in the particular
research area, i.e., the extent to which they can assist the faculty member in
completing the targeted research.
Because they are based on currently active research grants,
the availability of RAs may vary widely from year to year. RAs are not distributed
by the computer science program at all; decisions about RAs to fund and who
to award them to are made by the faculty member leading the funded research
Benefits are similar for RAs as for TAs except that --- at
the sole discretion of the supervising faculty member (who is Principle
Investigator on a grant) --- the stipend for the RA may be up to 150% of the
standard rate set for TAs.
All GAs (that is, both RAs and TAs) are typically awarded on
an annual academic year basis, but may also be awarded for individual semesters
depending on funding other factors. GAs are awarded for the particular time
period in question, with no guarantee of further support beyond that period.
Other funding opportunities
- Outside scholarships—We
support talented graduate students in applying for outside financial support.
For instance, we have been successful in winning the lucrative Science
Foundation Arizona (SfAZ) scholarship for our students.
- Paid Research Assistants—It
is common for both graduates and undergraduates to work as research assistants
on faculty research projects on an hourly-wage basis. In computer science, this
usually means being a paid programmer on a research effort. While not as
advantageous as a GA, these hourly-wage jobs do offer the possibility to earn a
substantial amount of money, and can lead to an RA-ship in the future if you
impress the faculty with your initiative, reliability, and creativity.
- Hourly wage on campus—Students
are used to staff many clerical, receptionist, and other positions on campus.
The hourly wages for this work vary, but are typically less than what paid
research programmers are able to earn.
Visit the Office of Financial Aid’s section on student employment.
- Off-campus employment—Faculty
have a variety of local contacts, and once they have gotten to know a graduate
student and the level of work he/she is able to perform, they are typically
happy to recommend a student for part-time employment outside the university.