Understanding your Financial Support Offer

Financial Support for the first year of graduate study may be offered at the time of admission. Some departments may also offer multi-year awards, though the details of only the first year of support will be given at the time of admission. The information below is meant to help you understand your first year of financial support.

April 15th Resolution:

The University of California is a participating member of the Council of Graduate Schools and has agreed to the terms of the Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants. You are strongly advised to read the terms of the resolution as this has implications for your financial support.


    Tuition Remission

  • California residents are required to pay Tuition only. Nonresidents are required to pay both Tuition and Nonresident Supplemental Tuition.


    Tuition Remission     The amount listed in your financial support offer will automatically be applied toward your university fees and tuition. Tuition remission credits are not refundable and will be adjusted to reflect any tuition reductions or waivers you may receive. Any balance remaining beyond what is included in your financial support offer will be your responsibility to pay. You may refer to the chart below for estimated resident and non-resident tuition.
    NR Tuition Remission/Fellowship  The amount listed in your financial support offer will automatically be applied toward your university Nonresident Supplemental Tuition. Nonresident Supplemental Tuition remission credits are not refundable and will be adjusted to reflect any tuition reductions or waivers you may receive. Any Nonresident Supplemental Tuition balance remaining beyond what is included in your financial support offer will be your responsibility to pay. You may refer to the chart below for estimated Nonresident Supplemental Tuition.

    Estimated 2017-18 Tuition and Non-resident Supplemental Tuition*

    Per Quarter

    Per Year

    Tuition

    $6,175

    $18,525

    Nonresident Supplemental Tuition

    $5,034

    $15,102  

    *Actual tuition and fees for in-state and non-resident students are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions.


  • Salary-based Support

  • Research Assistantship 

    Research Assistantships (also referred to as GSRs or Graduate Student Researchships) are a form of campus employment that requires the student to conduct research with and/or for a faculty member. The GSR salary listed in your financial support offer is the total salary for the number of quarters listed, which will be paid to you through campus payroll.

    Fall GSRs are paid November 1, December 1 and January 1; winter GSRs are paid February 1, March 1 and April 1; spring GSRs are paid May 1, June 1 and July 1.

    University tuition is typically paid on your behalf for the terms in which you have been hired as a GSR and will be reflected separately in your financial support offer as Tuition Remission or NR Tuition Remission (see the section above).

    Teaching Assistantship  

    Teaching Assistantships, or TAships, are a form of Academic Student Employment (ASE) that requires the student to serve in an apprentice-like role under the active tutelage and supervision of a regular faculty member.

    The TA salary listed in your financial support offer is the total salary for the number of quarters listed, which will be paid to you through campus payroll. Fall TAs are paid November 1, December 1 and January 1; winter TAs are paid February 1, March 1 and April 1; spring TAs are paid May 1, June 1 and July 1.

    Most university fees are paid on your behalf for the terms in which you have been hired as a TA and will be reflected separately in your financial support offer as Tuition Remission. TA tuition remission does not include the local campus fees (approximately $364 per quarter) or Nonresident Supplemental Tuition, though some departments may pay the balance on your behalf.

    You should compare your specific Tuition Remission offer to the estimated tuition amounts above to determine if you will be required to pay a portion of your university tuition.


  • Fellowship Support

  • A fellowship is any payment to a student that is not salary or direct reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses such as travel costs.

    Chancellor's Fellowship   A limited number of Chancellor's fellowships are awarded to first-year graduate students in doctoral programs. The Chancellor's fellowship provides a stipend of $8,000 per quarter for the first year of attendance and is disbursed through the Student Business Services Office at the beginning of the term. University tuition is typically paid by this fellowship and will be reflected separately in your financial support offer as Tuition Remission.
    Cota-Robles Fellowship This state-funded, merit-based fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis to first-year doctoral 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. The Cota-Robles fellowship provides a stipend of $7,000 per academic quarter and a stipend of $3,000 of summer support, totaling $24,000 for the year. This award is disbursed through the Student Business Services Office at the beginning of the term. University tuition (not including Nonresident Supplemental Tuition) is typically paid by this fellowship and will be reflected separately in your financial support offer as Tuition Remission. The Cota-Robles Fellowship is part of a five-year total support package with the Graduate Division providing support for three years and the department providing support for two years.
    Regents' Fellowship A limited number of Regents' fellowships are awarded to first year graduate students in master's and doctoral programs. Recipients and award amounts are determined by the academic department. If tuition remission is not reflected separately in your financial support offer, this award will be used to pay that first, with any remaining amount disbursed to you through the Student Business Services Office at the beginning of the term.
    Other Fellowships Some departments offer discipline- or department-specific fellowships. These awards are typically disbursed through the Student Business Services Office at the beginning of the term. As with the Regents' fellowship, if tuition remission is not reflected separately in your financial support offer, this award will be used to pay that first, with any remaining amount disbursed to you at the beginning of the term. You should contact your department for the details of your specific award.



  • Other Types of Support

  • Summer Support   Some programs offer summer support in the form of a Research Assistantship (GSR) or fellowship after your first year of attendance. Some departments are also able to award GSR positions the summer before you begin your studies. You should contact your department for the details and timing of this award.

Health Insurance: Health Insurance is required for all UCSC Students. You may waive UC health insurance, called UC SHIP, if you provide evidence of coverage and submit a waiver by the posted deadline. See the Student Health Center Insurance page for complete information.