Financial Aid/Funding

How much does it cost to attend graduate school at UCI?

Tuition and fees (subject to change), may be found on the University Registrar's website.


What forms of financial aid are available for incoming graduate students and when can I apply for it?

There are three broad types of possible financial support offered to incoming graduate students at the department level, however, unfortunately you are unable to apply for any of these forms of financial support that is offered, prior to being admitted. 

Fellowships: The Department has a small number of financial support allocations each Fall that may be offered to outstanding entering PhD students only. The conditions and terms of the various support awards will vary, but they usually include the remission of fees and nonresident tuition (if applicable) and a monthly stipend for living expenses. Financial support recipients are selected at the same time that admission decisions are made and full description of the financial offer will be indicated in the offer letter.

Graduate Student Researcher (GSR): Graduate students may be employed as a GSR if individual faculty members have research funds available for supporting incoming and current students, however you are unable to apply for a GSR appointment prior to being admitted. Once admitted, interested applicants should inquire about such opportunities directly to the EECS faculty whose research programs most closely match their own background and interests. A current list of faculty and their research areas is available at the department website.

Teaching Assistant (TA):  The Department also offers TA positions to some (not all) qualified graduate students each quarter that complete the required TA training, however you are unable to apply for a TA appointment prior to being admitted. Once admitted, interested applicants should inquire with the department on how to apply.


What are the requirements in order to apply for a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) position?

To be hired as a TA or GSR, students must provide proof of eligibility for employment on campus. All international students and those students who did not attend all 4 years in a US high school, must take and pass the SPEAK or TOEP exam or have taken the TOEFL iBT and scored a 26 or higher, and have completed the required training prior to the start of the quarter for which they apply for a TA position.


Are there any other types of financial aid options that I can apply for?

You can find general information here.  

If you are interested in federal financial aid, information is available on the Financial Aid and Scholarships website


Are my chances of being admitted to the graduate program in the department better if I do not require financial assistance?

Uniform admissions standards are applied to all students regardless of financial need. Please do not send any financial information with your application.


If you have any further questions that may not have been answered from this page, please visit UCI's Graduate Division FAQ page