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Frequently Asked Questions, continued.

What type of financial support do PhD students receive?

All applicants who are admitted to the PhD Program (in FA20 and beyond) will be guaranteed five years of financial support, at least equivalent to the nine-month salary of a 50% TA for that given year.  The support may come in the form of guaranteed TA positions on campus, other forms of campus employment, fellowship/stipends, or any combination of the three.  The current nine-month salary of a 50% TA is $23,246.51.  As the actual financial support package for each admitted student will vary, applicants should refer to the financial support package letter that they receive upon being admitted.

As many financial support packages will include a guaranteed TA position for one or more years, please note the following policies regarding this guarantee:

  • Students will be required to submit on-time and complete applications to at least three departments offering Teaching Assistantships for the following academic year. 
    • At least one of these departments must be the College Writing Programs, which is considered one application, and you must select at least three of the colleges as possibilities within your application. 
    • Your other applications may be to any of the academic departments on campus (including the Literature Department). 
  • You will be required to accept the first year-long 50% TA position offer you receive. 

Above a beyond the salary paid to the student, a 50% TA position also covers many of the tuition and fee costs charged to student each quarter.  The position will cover the base tuition charge (currently $3,814 per quarter), the Student Services Fee (currently $376 per quarter), the Health Insurance charge (currently $1,285 per quarter), and $100 per quarter towards the remaining assorted fees.  This leaves $219.66 per quarter in fees for the student to pay.  Many other forms of campus employment and fellowships will also come with similar tuition & fee waivers, but students will need to refer to the specific offer for confirmation and details.

Non-Residents will also be charged Nonresident Supplemental Tuition in the amount of $5,034 each quarter. Our department supports these students by paying this Nonresident Supplemental Tuition for their first year in the program (totaling approximately $15,102).  Prior to the start of the second year, it is expected that these students will apply for California residency for tuition purposes.  Once they have this residency status, they will not be charged Nonresident Supplemental Tuition.  Should they choose not to file for residency, they will be required to pay the cost of the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition after the first year.

International students will also be charged Nonresident Supplemental Tuition in the amount of approximately $5,034 each quarter. Our department supports these students by paying this Nonresident Supplemental Tuition for their first ten quarters of enrollment (or through the quarter of advancement to candidacy, if that happens before the tenth quarter).  After international students have advanced to candidacy, the Nonresident Supplemental Tuition is waived for the next nine consecutive quarters, which is sufficient time for students to finish your dissertation.

Financial support (including employment as a TA, fellowship, and tuition payments) is contingent upon fulltime registration (12 units/quarter), satisfactory progress toward degree completion, campus time limits, and remaining in good academic standing.

I do not know what I want to do in graduate school. Can I talk to an advisor in the department?

Please contact a career counselor or faculty advisor at your educational institution. You may also want to talk to professors who taught your courses.

Can I visit the campus and talk to the graduate advisor or a particular professor?

You are always welcome to visit us, but it is best to make meeting arrangements in advance. If you would like to meet with a particular faculty, please contact them directly to arrange a time. Please keep in mind that there may be times when faculty members are not able to meet with prospective students. This is true in the summer and any holidays. Please be respectful of the professors' time.

What if I can't get all the information submitted by the deadline?

Make sure your online application is submitted by the due date. We cannot accept late applications. If the professor who is writing you a recommendation is late, we can wait a couple of weeks at most for the letter to be uploaded into GradApply. However, we cannot consider an application that has no supporting documents.

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Director of Doctoral Studies
Sal Nicolazzo

PhD Program Advising
(858) 534-3217

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PhD Program Handbook

Always refer to the PhD Handbook for the official department policies and procedures.  If you do not find the answer to your question(s) there, please contact PhD advising (litgrad@ucsd.edu) for guidance.