Can I afford the graduate school Tuition ?
This is the primary question that makes or breaks the graduate student desire to come to the USA for pursuing their graduate school.
Graduate school can become very expensive and international students don't happen to get a lot financial aid.
Financial aid is tough for a lot of international students. A lot of websites advertise financial aid, but most of these financial aid is for the local american citizens. The international prospective graduate student is left to seek some form of aid in his country or come into the USA with adequate money to fund his graduate tuition fee.
We have collected graduate student expenses and average tuition costs for almost all schools. We have also shown you the typical costs associated to graduate study in all the states. This data will give you a fair understanding of the tuition costs required across USA.
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For Ph.D, At most schools, you will not pay tuition during the time that you are getting a Ph.D.. Typically, you will also receive a living stipend – on the order of $1700 per month, from which you will pay your living expenses. Ideally, your only responsibility will be research. This is called doing an RAship (Research Assistantship).
The Ph.D. is a tremendous opportunity. You get to pick an advisor in any research area you like and then you get to do research in that area, receive mentoring, think deeply on problems, publish papers, become famous, while paying zero tuition for 6 years and receiving a salary. Your advisor is paying for this opportunity by writing grant proposals to companies and to the government to ask for funding. A single graduate student can cost an advisor upwards of 50K per year (given the cost of tuition, the stipend, the overhead tax charged by the school, cost of equipment and physical space, etc.).
Important note 1: At most schools, you can only do an RAship if you have an advisor who has funding for you. Since some advisors don’t apply for grants or are in areas which aren’t well-funded, you may have to work as a teaching assistant every semester to get your stipend. This is called a TAship (Teaching Assistantship).
Important note 2: There are many companies and government organizations which offer Graduate Fellowships for Ph.D. students. If you are lucky enough to get one of these, they will cover your full way through graduate school, and you will never have to worry about whether your advisor has funding or not.
Mostly all the graduate schools in the USA do some kind of research or the other. They also encourage graduate students to take up some form of research in their graduate study.
Studying in the USA could become an expensive issue and we advice students to go through our resources completely to make a sound judgment on their choices. The information we have provided here keeps changing yearly since the graduate tuition prices ever keeps rising.
We have collected information about almost all schools showing the departments strengths in funding
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship – This is the fellowship that everyone applies for. It pays for
3 years of your tuition and stipend. It is only available to permanent residents or US citizens.
All information is available here:
- NDSEG Graduate Fellowship – This fellowship pays for 3 years of your tuition and stipend. It is
only available to U.S. citizens. All information is available here:
- Hertz Fellowship – This fellowship pays for 5 years of your tuition and stipend. It is only available
to US citizens and permanent residents. The fellowship has a pretty tough interview process.
When I applied they asked me to write the Taylor Series expansion for some functions. All
information is available here:
- AT&T Labs Graduate Fellowship – This fellowship pays for 6 years of your tuition and stipend.
It is only available to permanent residents or US citizens who are women or minorities. All
information is available here:
When you go to this web site, click on “Special Programs and Fellowships.”
- National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) – This fellowship pays for 6 years of stipend. It was originally designed for women and minorities, but they often consider white males to be minorities. All information is available here: http://www.npsc.org/
- The above fellowships are all general fellowships that don’t put any restriction on your studies. There are also specialty fellowships like DOE Computational Science Fellowship or the DOE High-Performance Computer Science Fellowship for students whose research emphasis is highperformance computing
List of universities
There are many links that could be found on the web suggesting graduate schools. The link provided below is the most comprehensive list.
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List of fellowships
Below is a list of the fellowships that I am personally familiar with. Please check the web for other fellowships: