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 have the following job classifications on-campus:

  • Graduate School Fellow (GF): A graduate student on a fellowship, whose tuition is not paid by their fellowship award. Fellowship payments may be distributed as a scholarship through the University’s Scholarship Administration System (SA), or in special cases as a monthly traineeship disbursement through Accounts Payable. No employer-employee relationship exists in a fellowship.
  • Graduate Research Assistant (RA) [9314]: A graduate student assigned directly to an externally funded research grant (5000 fund only) and doing research for that project. This job classification is qualified for subsidized health insurance.
  • Graduate Assistant – Research Focus (GR) [9330]: This category will accommodate graduate assistants doing research or research-related work, who are not paid from a 5000 fund, as well as students doing field work and clinical work. This job classification is qualified for subsidized health insurance.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA) [9416]: A graduate student with instructional responsibilities as instructor of record, assistant to the instructor of record or tutor. Duties may include lecturing, holding discussion or problem sessions, conducting laboratory sections, conducting studio or performance work, online instruction, grading, tutoring, and holding office hours. International students must be cleared through the International Teaching Assistant Program before being placed in jobs coded 9416.This job classification is qualified for subsidized health insurance.
  • Graduate Assistant – Teaching Focus (GT) [9417]:This category is appropriate only for incoming international students with limited student contact, and requires enrollment in ITAP. Once a student has received ITA clearance, they should be in the TA category. This job classification is qualified for subsidized health insurance.

The 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 Fall 2021:

  • $8,070 per semester: 100% tuition benefit
  • $6,051 per semester: 75% tuition benefit
  • $4,035 per semester: 50% tuition benefit

Minimum support levels for Spring 2021:

  • $8,070 per semester: 100% tuition benefit
  • $6,051 per semester: 75% tuition benefit
  • $4,035 per semester: 50% tuition benefit

No tuition benefit is granted to students receiving less than $4,035 of support for Fall 2021 and $4,035 for Spring 2022 semesters. Students will need to receive $8,070 of support in order to qualify for subsidized health insurance through the Tuition Benefit Program. 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.
Currently, the differential fee (for the College of Engineering) is $83.26 per credit hour and the International Student fee is $150 per semester. These fees are not covered by the Tuition Benefit Program so students are responsible for paying these by the Tuition & Fees deadline.

84 credit-hour limit
RA’s who have exceeded 84 cumulative credit hours. At that point, the benefit will only cover resident tuition for RAs. This condition will be implemented in the semester when cumulative registration exceeds 84 credit hours as a University of Utah graduate student.
Restrictions
Students may participate in the TBP for a limited number of semesters, which need not be sequential. Time limits for participation in the TBP are as follows:

    1. Students in a master’s program are limited to two years (four semesters) of tuition benefit support.
    2. Students in a doctoral program who entered with a bachelor’s degree are limited to five years (10 semesters) of tuition benefit support.
    3. Students in a doctoral program who also received a master’s degree at the University of Utah are limited to five years of tuition benefit support (two years for a master’s + three additional years for a doctorate).
    4. Students entering a doctoral program with a master’s degree from another university are eligible for four years (eight semesters) of tuition benefit support.

Further information on the Tuition Benefit Program may be found at the Graduate School website: https://gradschool.utah.edu/tbp/tuition-benefit-program-guidelines


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 nominations are 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. Candidates 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.


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.

TA assignments are handled through the School of Computing’s TA portal. If you are interested in working as a TA, it is required that you fill out a TA application through the TA portal. The department cannot guarantee that new students entering the program will receive a TA position.

All international students must be cleared by the International Teaching Assistant Program run by the Graduate School to be approved for a TA position. Students should contact their graduate academic advisor as soon as possible in order to get on the list for the next available session.

TA Application