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Financial Aid

Almost all PhD students, and many of our masters students, are funded throughout their degree course. Funding for PhD students usual comes in the form of teaching assistantships, but some PhD students are funded by research assistantships, Research and Training Grant Fellowships, UIC Graduate College Fellowships, and other external awards. Some Masters students are funded with teaching assistantships or through tuition and fee waivers.

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 who remain in good standing to continue in MSCS toward degree completion can normally expect to keep their funding through their degree course. 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 9 credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters, and 3-5 credits in Summer.

UIC Graduate College Fellowships and Awards

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