Financial Aid

With 150 full time graduate students, over 100 MSCS graduate students are funded as teaching assistants, and other students are funded by research assistantships, Research and Training Grant Fellowships, UIC Graduate College Fellowships, and other external awards.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis by the MSCS department when admission decisions are made. Duties include teaching and grading undergraduate mathematics courses and tutoring students in the Mathematics and Sciences Learning Center.

Teaching Assistants (TA) earn a stipend plus a Tuition and Service Fee Waiver. The typical TA enrolls for at least 12 semester hours each term. Students must remain in good standing to continue in MSCS toward degree completion and to be considered for funding. Refer to the Graduate Student Handbook  for specific guidelines.

Research Assistantships

Research Assistants (RA) also earn a stipend plus a Tuition and Service Fee Waiver. RAs work with MSCS faculty organizing and analyzing data, preparing publications, and perform other research activities.

Research and Training Grant (RTG) Fellowships

RTG Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis by the National Science Foundation for domestic students in algebraic geometry and related fields, including number theory, complex dynamics, model theory and logic.

Board of Trustees Tuition and Fee Waiver

Each semester MSCS is awarded a limited number of UIC Board of Trustees Tuition and Fee Waivers. Students are selected based on academic merit, independent of financial need. Students granted this type of waiver must enroll for at least 12 semester hours each term the receive the award (6 hours in summer term).

UIC Graduate College Fellowships and Awards

A variety of fellowships and awards are available from the Graduate College.

NSF Research Fellowships

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program offers three-year graduate research fellowships in science, mathematics, and engineering to qualified applicants; applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based PhD degrees in science education.

Fellowships are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study. In most cases, an individual has three opportunities to apply: during the senior year of college, the first year of graduate school, and the beginning of the second year of graduate school.