Financial support is available to qualified graduate students in the form of teaching, research and project assistantships and fellowships (see below tabs for qualifications). Annually, approximately 35 graduate students hold assistantships or fellowships in the Botany Department. Support guarantees are ten semesters for PhD students (with a BS or BA entering the program,) or eight semesters for those who already have their MS degree. Students pursuing an MS degree in Botany have a five-semester guarantee (there are exceptions; please ask email@example.com.) In addition, graduate students are eligible for a number of intradepartmental awards and grants.
Graduate students who have a teaching, research or project assistantship of at least a 33.3% appointment (approximately 13.3 hours per week) for a Fall or Spring term are eligible to receive remission of full tuition. Fellowships or traineeships that are payrolled through the university and that carry stipends equivalent to at least a 33.3% research assistantship also qualify for remission of non-resident tuition. Tuition remission is conditionally awarded at the start of the semester based on the expectation that actual earnings during the semester will be at least 33.3% of the full-time rate. Most students pay segregated fees; fellowships paid through the Graduate School have segregated fees waived in addition to tuition.
Students with assistantships or fellowships also are eligible for an excellent health insurance program—an invaluable benefit that provides single or family coverage that is more comprehensive than individuals can usually purchase on their own.