Doctor of Philosophy Financial Support

Funding doctoral students is a top priority s in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Students are typically funded as teaching or research assistants—“graduate service appointees” — during the academic year, as long as they make adequate progress in the program with an established mentor. Summer quarter support is available, although it is not guaranteed. Students are required to register for at least 10 credit hours during Autumn, Winter, and Spring, and a minimum of 2 credits during Summer, and spend an average of 20 hours per week teaching or conducting research to be eligible for financial support.

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences will assume all tuition-related costs, except the UW Building Fee estimated at $142 per quarter and the Services and Activities Fees estimated at $126 per quarter. For informational purposes, the resident graduate tuition for full-time enrollment during 2013-2014 is projected to be $4,595 per quarter, or $18,211 for the academic year. Please note that the tuition for summer quarter is slightly less than the quarterly tuition rate during the academic year.

PhD students also receive a monthly stipend. The current monthly stipend amount ranges from approximately $1,678 to $1,937 depending on the individual’s degree upon entry in the program, and their type of service appointment. Graduate Appointee health insurance for the appointee is included, as is half the cost of insuring an appointee’s dependents.

All graduate students in the department are required to complete and successfully pass a national background check as a condition of admission. The fee is paid directly to the vendor prior to starting the program. The current fee for the background check is $65.