Various opportunities for financially supported study are available for properly qualified graduate students. These include:
Teaching Assistantships are $16,065 for nine months (2008-2009) for pre-candidacy and $17,613 for post-candidacy for nine months (2008-2009). Currently, the Plant Biology Graduate Program supplements all TA’s up to $2000.00/month for each fall and spring semester. Appointments are from September 1 - January 15 for the fall, and January 16 - June 1 for the spring, with no break in pay. TA and RAships that are 20-hour appointments also receive UT employee health insurance benefits.
Research Assistantships (stipends depend on the qualifications of the applicant and the service rendered, but in general, are equivalent to those for teaching assistantships)
University Fellowships are approximately $18,000 for 9 months (2008 – 2009). Some students receive three months of summer support (RA) as well.
Tuition and fees for 9 semester hours are about $3000 for Texas residents and $6,200 for nonresidents (2006-2007). Graduate students with a 20-hour TA or RA appointment pay resident tuition, as well as students with full fellowships. TA's also receive a tuition remission that covers approximately 85% of the tuition. 75% of the tuition remission is applied directly to the students fee bill by the University, the remainder is reimbursed to the student after classes begin. Most RA appointments also receive this benefit.
The application deadline is January 2nd to be considered for TAships and University Pre-emptive fellowships. RAships are typically worked out with individual faculty members, and students are encouraged to correspond with faculty in their areas of interest.
For more information on financial assistance you may visit the web site for Office of Student Financial Services.