Graduate Student Assistantships

A Graduate Assistantship is an employment appointment in which the student is paid for their work hours. Payment is in the form of salary as well as benefits. Benefits include Health Insurance and Tuition Waivers.

Salary pay rates may vary and will be listed on your individual Assistantship Agreement. Speak to your Faculty Advisor for more information.
PhD Base Pay - $1,946.33 per month*
MS Base Pay - $1,779.67 per month*

*Please note: The monthly rate may differ slightly depending on the number of working days within the given month.

Graduate Student Health Insurance

Graduate Health Insurance coverage is split:
80% is covered by USU
20% is the responsibility of the student
For rates and additional information:
USU Health Insurance

Graduate Student Health Insurance is required for students on an Assistanship and subsidized by the employer - USU. Students with personal health insurance may opt out of the USU Graduate Student Health Insurance:
Grad Student Enrollment

Tuition Waivers

Tuition waivers are provided by the home Department’s College for students employed in a Graduate Assistantship.
To be eligible for an Assistantship the student must be registered for at least 6 credits or have completed their program of study and be registered for 3 credits.
Student Fees are the responsibility of the student, otherwise you may speak to your Faculty Advisor to request assistance where applicable.

Current Tuition and Fee Rates
Cost of Attendance


Other Funding Resources

School of Graduate Studies

Fellowships include the Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowships ($20,000/year for 4 years with a tuition award), the Martin Luther King Fellowships ($7,000 for one academic year with a tuition award), and the Dissertation Fellowships ($5,000 for the academic year with a tuition award).

Scholarships include two awards for tuition costs, the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Scholarship and the Seely-Hinckley Scholarship.

Supplemental funding includes Graduate Student Travel Awards, ASUSU Research and Project Grants, and Graduate Enhancement Awards.

College of Science

The College offers several supplemental awards at the end of each academic year, including the Lawrence H. Piette Graduate Student Scholarship and the Claude E. ZoBell Scholarship . The Willard L. Eccles Foundation Graduate Fellowship is offered periodically ($ 18,000 per year for 3 years).

Department of Biology

Biology scholarships are offered each spring.
Applications can be submitted through Scholarship Universe:
Department of Biology Scholarships