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Graduate Students: Regular CS RA Total Cost

Reviewed 5/9/22
Updated 9/7/22

Total Cost for Fiscal Year 22-23

9-month Stipend
Health and Fringe
Computer Services Fee
Total Direct Cost for Academic Year
3-month (12 weeks) summer salary
(0.5 summer ’20 & 0.5 summer ’21)
Health and Fringe
Computer Services Fee
Total Direct Cost for the Summer
Total Direct Cost for 12-month student

*Note this rate is not adjusted for F&A (Indirect Cost) charges for sponsored programs which would be calculated on all direct cost with the exception of tuition and fees.


Graduate Students: Academic Year

All graduate student assistantships (research assistant or teaching assistant) offer the same level of compensation for the nine-month academic year. Students work approximately 20 hours per week on their assigned assistantship. A bonus of $750/semester is paid to students for a maximum of four (4) semesters starting in the first semester after they have obtained ABD (all-but-dissertation) status. Current nine-month rates follow:

Regular ABD
AY ’22-23 $25,000 $26,500
AY ’20-21 $22,000 $23,500
AY ’19-20 $22,000 $23,500

For budget purposes out years should be calculated at 4% inflation.


Graduate Students: Summer

Students also work on research projects during the summer. They work 40 hours per week for a maximum of 12 weeks. Current weekly rates follow:

Summer 2023 $1,085
Summer 2021 $1,085
Summer 2020 $1,085
Summer 2019 $1,085


Graduate Students: Fellowship Supplement

Students with a fellowship may choose to affiliate with a research project for 10 hours per week. They receive a supplement (paid by the research project) of $1,500 per semester when they affiliate.


Undergraduate Students: Academic Year

Undergraduate students may work as either laboratory assistants or as research assistants. Laboratory assistants are assigned to specific courses and work under the direction of the course instructor. Research assistants work on specific research projects and work under the direction of the project’s principal investigator. Undergraduate students work approximately 12-15 hours per week for approximately 15 weeks per semester. Their compensation is $2,000 per semester.


Undergraduate Students: Summer

Undergraduates may work as research assistants for specific research projects during the summer. They may work up to 40 hours per week for up to 12 weeks per summer. Their salary is $10 – 12 per hour. Specific work schedules are negotiated with the principal investigator.



When budgeting for multi-year projects, the department’s policy is to use a 5% annual inflation rate on the current year cost for all budget categories where the rate has not been established.