Ph.D. Program: Cost and Funding

Tuition and Fees (2021-22, estimated)

  • In-state students: $7,579 per semester
  • Out-of-state students: $16,145 per semester

More information about tuition and fees is available from the Office of the University Cashier.


We strive to make our program as affordable as possible for all of our students through several generous fellowship packages. Most of our students enjoy three, four and sometimes even five years of funding depending on the nature and scope of their research.

School-based Fellowships

Roy H. Park Fellowships

Funded by the Triad Foundation of Ithaca, New York, the school annually awards Park Fellowships to five new doctoral students who are U.S. citizens. Each Park doctoral fellowship covers:

  • Tuition and fees for three years
  • Health insurance
  • $20,500 annual stipend for three years
  • Support for research and travel to conferences 

Each Park fellow works as a graduate assistant 15 hours per week for each semester while receiving funding. Each fellow serves as a research assistant for four semesters and as an instructor of record for two semesters. This balance allows students to develop both their research record and the teaching experience necessary to be competitive on the job market.

Park consideration requires an additional application component. See the Park Fellowships page for details.

Other School-Based Funding

The school also administers a number of other competitive awards each spring to enrolled doctoral students, including the Margaret Blanchard Dissertation Support Awards, Eli A. and Minnie S. Rubinstein Research Awards, William Francis Clingman Jr. Ethics Awards and Tom Wicker Award.

Financial Aid Office

Students can apply for federal loans through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.