Financial Information

Graduate students in School of Computing receive financial support from several different sources including fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Note that a tuition waiver is included in any activity (research, teaching, or scholarship). See description below:

The Graduate School Tuition Benefit Program (TBP) provides tuition waivers to graduate students who are receiving a minimum amount of funding through assistantships and/or fellowships. All students receiving a tuition benefit must meet minimum financial support requirements paid through the University of Utah for each semester that a benefit is received. Minimum support levels for the 2014-15 academic year:

  • $7,000 per semester: 100% tuition benefit
  • $5,250 per semester: 75% tuition benefit
  • $3,500 per semester: 50% tuition benefit

No tuition benefit is granted to students receiving less than $3,500 of support for the semester. The required minimum support level is annually indexed to general salary increases to prevent gradual erosion of established graduate student salaries and stipends. Please note that the tuition waiver does not include fees associated with University classes, which are currently $72.00 per credit hour. Further information on the Tuition Benefit Program may be found at the Graduate School website.


Graduate Student Travel Assistance

Applications for Graduate Student Travel Assistance are invited from currently enrolled University of Utah graduate students whose research or creative project has been accepted for presentation at a professional meeting. Application


Fellowships and Scholarships

Graduate Scholarship and Fellowship Information

Wayne Brown Fellowship

Amount: The College of Engineering will provide up to ten Wayne Brown Graduate Scholars awards per year in the amount of $15,000 each to be paid out over two years. The department receiving the fellowship must provide additional funds to bring the award to at least $20,000 per year per scholar. At least $10,000 of this must come from research funds.

Eligibility: Only new Ph.D. applicants are eligible. Priority will be given to new graduate students not currently enrolled in a College of Engineering program. Masters’ of Engineering students do not qualify for this fellowship; BS/MS students do not qualify for this program. Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a long time resident of the United States.

Selection Criteria: Based on GRE scores, references, and academic achievement.

Duration: Fellowships are limited to two years of support.

Submit Application: Departmental office.

Application: Application is made through the department, using a University of Utah Application for Admission to Graduate School. The application must include transcripts and GRE scores, personal goals statement/research plan, vitae, no less than three letters of reference, preferably from academia.

ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Fellowship

Amount: The College of Engineering will provide 3 ARCS fellowships per year in the amount of $15.000 for the first year. The student may receive this fellowship on top of other monies the department awarded to the student. During the remaining years to PhD completion, the department agrees to fund the student at a minimum level of $25K per year. The total commitment would be up to five years counting the first year.

Eligibility: Only new Ph.D. applicants are eligible. Priority will be given to new graduate students not currently enrolled in a College of Engineering program. Masters’ of Engineering students do not qualify for this fellowship; BS/MS students do not qualify for this program. Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a long time resident of the United States.

Selection Criteria: Based on GRE scores, references, and academic achievement.

Duration: Fellowships are limited to two years of support.

Submit Application: Departmental office.

Application: Application is made through the department, using a University of Utah Application for Admission to Graduate School. The application must include transcripts and GRE scores, personal goals statement/research plan, vitae, no less than three letters of reference, preferably from academia.


Research Assistantships Opportunities

Financial support for graduate students, through the School of Computing, comes primarily from one of two separate sources: Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Research Assistantships (RA). RA appointments are made directly through faculty involved in the research. Availability of research funds varies each semester and new graduate students are strongly encouraged to discuss potential research areas with members of the faculty involved in areas of the student’s interest.

The School of Computing has 2 salary levels for RAs. These depend upon the level of accomplishment in the graduate program.

Salary Levels 2015-2016 academic year

  • RA range $8400 to $10,462.50/ Semester (MS students)
  • RA $10,462.50 / Semester ( Pre-proposal PhD students)
  • RA $10,688 / Semester (Post proposal PhD students)

These are considered half-time (20 hours per week) positions.


Teaching Assistant Opportunities

Graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) are used in many Computer Science courses. TAs may run laboratory sessions, give classroom lectures, hold office hours, and be involved in grading. A TA is required to average no more than 20 hours per week.

Current salaries for these positions are $7,000 – $8,400 per semester.

TA assignments are made by the faculty. If you are interested in working as a TA, it is required that you fill out a TA application, which can be found here. In most cases, the department will retain TA positions for new students entering the program.

All students whose native language is not English, or who have not received their B.S. from a U.S. or Canadian institution of higher learning, must attend a teaching workshop before they will be approved for TA positions.

TA Application

TA Position & Evaluation Form

TA Training Video