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Graduate Assistantships


Financial aid is available to PhD students in the form of teaching and research assistantships. These allow students to provide support for faculty either in teaching a class or in conducting research, while receiving a stipend and tuition waiver in return. Aid is only rarely available for Masters students. Grading positions are sometimes available to Masters students on a semester-by-semester basis.

A PhD student's application for financial support should be included with the application for admission.


Assistantships provide three levels of stipends:

Level 1

For all students working towards their Masters or who have an MS in another subject.

Level 2

For all students with an MS in Computer Science and for PhD students who have completed 30 or more credit hours of graduate work.

Level 3

For all students who are post-comprehensive PhD.

Tuition Waivers

Both teaching assistants and research assistants will receive resident tuition waivers of 3, 6, or 10 hours depending upon the percent of time they are appointed.

Students offered assistantships who are U.S. citizens but not residents of Colorado are urged to apply for resident status as soon as possible. Non-resident tuition waivers are not normally available to such students after their first year.


Holders of assistantships are expected to complete at least 15 hours of graduate course work, or be engaged in appropriate research, during each academic year and must be full-time students as defined by the Graduate School in terms of degree status and good standing.

Such support is contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funds.

See also:
Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering and Applied Science
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