Financial Aid

Stipends up to $39,600 per year

The department provides financial support to about sixty graduate students in the form of Teaching Assistantships, scholarships and awards in addition to a full tuition waiver and subsidized health insurance.

Most students in the department are supported financially through teaching assistantships. The current basic stipend is $14,600. Doctoral students who have passed candidacy receive a stipend of $17,600. Students with a Doctoral Fellowship can receive additional funding per year. Summer support is also available for many graduate students.

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are half-time positions requiring up to 20 hours per week, typically with five hours in the classroom, four hours in the Mathematics Resource and Teaching Center and the remainder spent on preparation and professional development.

International Students are expected to be proficient in both spoken and written English to be awarded an assistantship. Applicants taking the internet-based TOEFL should also take the speaking and writing sections; a score of 26 on both will demonstrate English proficiency. Alternatively, international students may take the university's Spoken Language Proficiency Test (SLPT) and the English Language Placement Test (ELPT) after they are admitted; it is expected that the student will pass these exam within one year to maintain continued financial support. Other tests that are accepted may be found at and

Departmental Scholarships

Through the generosity of our alumni and donors, numerous departmental scholarships are available to supplement Teaching Assistantships. Most awards range from $1000 to $3000 and are awarded annually.

Scholarship applications must be completed using the form below. Incomplete or handwritten forms will not be accepted. The deadline for submissions is January 26, 2018.

Please note that only mathematics majors may complete this Scholarship Application.

Doctoral Fellowships

The University offers two prestigious doctoral fellowships, the Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship (DDF) and the Doctoral Academy Fellowship (DAF). Both are 12-month appointments, providing support for up to four years, and supplement the teaching assistantship by an additional $22,000 (DDF) and $12,000 (DAF). First priority will be given to US citizens and permanent residents.
To be eligible, applicants to the doctoral program should satisfy the minimum requirements:

  • GRE writing score of 4.0 (4.5 for the DDF)
  • Combined GRE score of 308 (314 for the DDF) or the equivalent under the old scoring system (1200 and 1300, respectively)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or graduate GPA of 3.65 (GPA 3.8 for the DDF in either case).

For more details see

To be considered for either fellowship a complete application should reach the department by January 2.