Graduate School is Affordable

UCSC makes a strong effort in helping graduate students put together the support they need to make their graduate studies successful. This support may be in the form of a fellowship, a graduate student researchship or a teaching assistantship, depending on the availability of funds and the recommendation of the student's department. About one-third of graduate students received some form of federal financial aid. (Association of American Universities)

Certain kinds of support are awarded on the basis of academic merit, and others are granted on the basis of need. Graduate students are encouraged to apply for both kinds.

The following kinds of financial support are available through the Division of Graduate Studies:

Arrow imageREGENTS FELLOWSHIPS

A limited number of these fellowships are awarded to first-year graduate students in master's and doctoral programs. For the 2010-11 academic year, these awards provide a stipend and/or payment of university fees except non-resident tuition.

Arrow imageCHANCELLOR'S FELLOWSHIPS

A limited number of these fellowships are awarded to first-year graduate students in doctoral programs. For the 2010-11 academic year, these nine-month awards provided a stipend of $24,000 plus payment of all university fees.

Arrow imageEUGENE COTA-ROBLES FELLOWSHIPS

These state-funded, merit-based fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to first-year graduate students who have overcome significant social or educational obstacles to achieve a college education, and whose backgrounds equip them to contribute to intellectual diversity among the graduate student population. For the 2010-11 academic year, the Cota-Robles fellowship provides a stipend of $21,000 plus payment of all university fees except non-resident tuition. The Cota-Robles Fellowship is part of a five-year total support package with the department providing support for years three and four and Graduate Division providing support for years one, two, and five.

Arrow imageDISSERTATION-YEAR FELLOWSHIPS

These state-funded, merit-based fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to doctoral graduates who have overcome significant social or educational obstacles to achieve a college education, and whose backgrounds equip them to contribute to intellectual diversity among the graduate student population. Fellows receive a $21,000 stipend plus payment of fees.

Arrow imageTUITION FELLOWSHIPS

A number of non-resident tuition fellowships are awarded to non-resident students who are recommended by their departments.