Graduate Program Financial Aid
The USU Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers multiple options for graduate students seeking financial assistance
The following are offered through the Department of Mathematics and Statistics:
Graduate students with a TA teach one math or stat class per semester under the supervision of a faculty member or assist professors by leading 3 recitation sections of large lecture classes. Graduate TAs earn a part time salary (equivalent to $21/hour for incoming Masters students and $26/hour for incoming PhD students) twenty hours a week. This amounts to $15,000 for Masters students and $19,000 for incoming PhD students for nine months, which comfortably covers living costs, tuition and fees at Utah State University (+ Tuition Waivers!). Most qualified M.S. and Ph.D. students receive assistantships. Students in professional degree programs (M.Data and M.Math) are not eligible for teaching assistantships but may be considered for adjunct teaching opportunities.
Several faculty receive funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, the USGS Bioresources Division and other state and federal agencies to conduct research programs. Their grants often support graduate researchers (RAs) who assist on a project while completing their own thesis research. RAs are available for summer and all or part of the academic year, depending on the source of funding and supervisor. The department may round out part-time RA support with teaching assistantships to give a year-round financial package.
Graduate Students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics have the option of applying to teach as an adjunct instructor in place of either a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship. Adjuncts are paid on a per course basis divided over the semester period. They may then use a portion of this adjunct pay to cover tuition, fees, and other expenses incurred in their graduate program.