Financial Information

Doctoral Fellowships

Successful applicants to the Ph.D. program for fall semesters will be considered for doctoral fellowships. The doctoral fellowship provides three years of support, contingent on satisfactory progress, a monthly stipend for 9 months the first year, plus required tuition and fees for a standard 9 credit course load. This support consists of a fellowship the first year, followed by a commitment to provide either a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship the second and third years with a fellowship supplement that maintains the monthly stipend.  We also have fellowship supplements we offer to qualified students with our offer of support as a teaching assistant.  These supplements plus the teaching assistant provide a stipend sufficient to live in Austin.  

Most students find a research supervisor during the second or third year and may be supported as research assistants. However, teaching assistantships are available for doctoral fellowship students.  Historically, all PhD students who have proceeded successfully through the program have been financially supported every academic year.

Research Assistantships

Some students enter our program with research assistantships; however, research assistantships normally are appointed on a semester basis. These are under the purview of the individual professors and are generally made after the student has been enrolled for at least 1-2 semesters.  A GRA appointment is typically for 20 hours per week for the semester, and covers the student's tuition, fees and insurance.

Teaching Assistantships

Appointments to teaching assistantships are on a semester basis. Each semester, students in the department may submit their application to be a teaching assistant.  In addition, offers of teaching assistantships are often made at the time of admission by the admissions committee. New International TAs must satisfy an oral English Assessment conducted by the University. The Test of Spoken English does not substitute for this assessment.  A TA appointment is typically for 20 hours per week for the semester, and covers the student's tuition, fees and insurance.

Other Funding

Information and assistance in searching for external fellowships/grants for which graduate students may apply can be obtained from the Graduate Recruitment and Outreach Program. The office is located in the Office of Graduate Studies, Main 101. Appointments may be made by calling 512-471-7811. Walk-in consultation is available. URL:  Email address:

We also have a list of fellowships and dates to apply on our web site.

Tuition and Fees

The amount that each student must pay for tuition and fees depends on 2 criteria:

  • The number of hours for which the student is enrolled. Typically CS graduate students take nine hours, but, in rare cases, they may petition for approval to enroll in twelve.
  • The student's residency status. Texas residents pay lower rates than do students who are international or out of state.  Those students who have certain graduate fellowships, TA positions, or RA positions are entitled to pay the Texas resident tuition rate.  Please see our tuition rates for more information.