Financial Support and Costs

Financial Support

All PhD students and some MS students in the School of Computing receive financial support. Some students are offered financial support when they are admitted and others find support after they start the program. Financial support comes in three basic forms:

  • Fellowship: If you are admitted with a fellowship, you are supported by the department during your first year, after which you are expected to find an advisor who will continue to support you as a research assistant.
  • Research assistantship: You are paid to work with a research group.
  • Teaching assistantship: You are paid in order to help support a course, for example running lab sections, grading homework, and doing office hours.

Consideration for financial support is a part of the process of reviewing applications; see After You Apply for more information on how applications are reviewed. Sub-committees for a particular emphasis area or track adjust their recommendations for financial support to match the available funding for work in the area or track.

Tuition & Fees

Students who are financially supported by the School or Computing are eligible for a tuition waiver. This means that if we give you a fellowship or pay you as a teaching assistant or a research assistant, you do not have to pay tuition, but you will be responsible for the Differential ($83.26 per credit for College of Engineering courses) and the International Student Fee (if applicable). MS students can get the tuition waiver for two years. PhD students who enter the program with a BS degree can get the tuition waiver for five years. Students who enter the program with an MS degree can get the tuition waiver for four years.

If you do not get a tuition waiver, then you must pay tuition fees:

International student fee: $150 per semester

Application Fee

For domestic students, PhD $0, MS $30

For international students, PhD $25, MS $45

A late fee of $30 will be charged to any applicant that applies after the Office of Admissions deadline, April 1st.

The application fee is not waived under any circumstances. The fee can be paid through the online application system, or paid by check made out to the University of Utah, with your assigned ID number from the application.

Note: Evaluation of your application will begin only after the application fee is received.

Living Expenses

The University of Utah campus is just next to downtown; public transportation is readily available and the cost of living is low comparable to most cities.

Link to Estimated Expenses for Graduate Students