Financial Aid

At the School of Computing and Information, you may be eligible for financial assistance. Several categories of financial assistance exist to underwrite some or all of the costs of your studies, including federal financial aid, school-funded financial support, scholarships, awards, fellowships, and assistantships.

Undergraduate Students

University scholarships and other forms of student aid are awarded annually to entering students and to qualified upper-class students. In order to learn more about such aid, please see the University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid site.

Graduate Students

Graduate students can apply for a variety of federally-funded financial support, assistantships, and scholarship opportunities.

Federally-Funded Financial Support

Explore federal funding options as outlined on the University’s Graduate School Financial Aid Instructions page. Please note that any federal financial aid applied for will be processed through the University’s Office of Admission and Financial Aid, not by the School of Computing and Information.

Assistantships and Fellowships

A number of financial aid opportunities are available on a competitive basis. Some of these positions are teaching assistantships or fellowships requiring approximately 20 hours of work per week in conjunction with the department’s curriculum. A foreign student needs a score of at least 100 Internet-based test (250 computer-based/600 paper-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in order to be considered for a teaching assistantship or fellowship. Other opportunities, occurring with varying frequency, include graduate research assistantships and special fellowships.

  • Candidates should indicate financial need on the application form. The department is eager to provide assistance whenever warranted and possible; however, the applicant must be eligible for full graduate status in order to be considered for an assistantship or fellowship.
  • Graduate students who have completed the MS degree or equivalent are eligible for teaching fellowships, which carry a stipend and a scholarship covering full tuition.
  • The University also pays the annual premium for Blue Cross and Blue Shield medical insurance for a teaching assistant or fellow who holds an appointment during the fall and winter terms.

Graduate research assistantships, which carry a scholarship covering tuition, are awarded for one, two, and three terms. Graduate research assistants conduct research toward the completion of advanced-degree requirements under the direct supervision of members of the graduate faculty. Normally, research assistantships are not awarded to entering graduate students. A limited number of graduate tuition fellowships are also available from the University. These are awarded on the basis of departmental recommendation and usually cover the tuition costs for one or two terms.

Scholarships and Awards

The School of Computing and Information offers a variety of endowed scholarships and awards for which our students may apply.