Costs & Funding

We offer funding to PhD students and partner with the UW to offer funding to highly qualified underrepresented minority MS students.

The Department of Biostatistics is committed to building a diverse student body and partners with the UW to offer funding to highly qualified underrepresented minority students who have achieved academic merit despite significant social, economic, disability, and/or educational challenges.

Tuition

  • PhD students and those MS students with guaranteed support usually have a Research Assistantship (RA) and/or Teaching Assistantship (TA). Students with this type of support do not pay their tuition. (Note: Student is responsible for the Student Fee.)
  • Students without Department support will pay their own tuition. The tuition rate will vary according to the student's residency status. A snapshot of tuition and fees is available at the School of Public Health website.

International Students: Applicants requesting a F-1 or J-1 visa must meet the UW’s financial ability requirement to show that they have adequate funding to cover living costs and tuition and campus fees for the first year of study.

Biostatistics Funding

PhD program student support

Students in the PhD program are offered up to five years of guaranteed funding, contingent upon satisfactory academic progress and job performance. This financial support is offered through student employment in the form of research assistantships (RA) and teaching assistantships (TA). RA and TA appointments pay a monthly stipend as well as cover the student's tuition and health insurance. (Note: Students are responsible for the student fee.)  

MS program student support

For MS students who do not receive an offer of funding, there are a number of employment options in other UW departments or programs depending on student skills, experience, and areas of interest. Please see below for a resource list of funding sources. Two funding sources of particular relevance are:

  • MS Diversity Fellowship - seeks to attract and retain MS students of any nationality who bring diverse experiences and perspectives that are under-represented at the UW. Applicants apply directly for this award and must meet one or more of the eligibilty categories listed below.
    • First in their family to graduate school
    • Has overcome personal/educational obstacles to pursue a MS degree
    • Has personal connection/belongs to one or more diverse cultures
    • Has demonstrated commitment to diversity in Public Health
  • International Student Waiver - seeks to attract and retain international students from countries under-represented at the UW. Waiver covers tuition and fees (except for International Fee, Tech Fee, and transit pass) and may be awarded for up to three quarters. Departments apply for this award on the admitted student's behalf.

If an MS student is offered funding, the offer of financial support will accompany the admissions decision. Department financial support is offered through student employment in the form of research assistantships (RA) and teaching assistantships (TA). All Department funding is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress and job performance. RA and TA appointments pay a monthly stipend as well as cover the student's tuition and health insurance. (Note: Student is responsible for the Student Fee.)

Types of Funding

Review descriptions of the types of funding available.

Terms

  • Guaranteed funding covers all 12 months of the year and includes tuition and health insurance through Graduate Appointee Insurance Program (GAIP).
  • Funding is offered to total 50% full time equivalent (FTE) which is approximately 20 hours per week. Most appointments will be composed of a single position at 50%, but there are also appointments composed of two positions at 25% each or, as in the case of a Training Grant (TG) appointment, a TG plus 25% FTE RA or TA. 
  • Your admissions offer letter will confirm the details of your support package. In September, you will receive an "appointment letter" with the details of your position(s) including your faculty supervisor's name, project name, job duties, salary, benefits, and start/end dates.

Funding FAQ

  • Is there a separate form/application for departmental support such as RA, TA, and training grants? No, there is no separate form. All applicants will automatically be considered for support.
  • Should I contact faculty directly about RA opportunities? No. All applications are reviewed by our admissions committee and students do not need to (nor can they) try to find their own mentors prior to admissions. Having an interested faculty member in no way influences the admission process, which is based on an evaluation of your application only. Students with funding offers will be assigned a supervisor, and will continue to have opportunities to do independent studies with faculty to identify a research advisor.
  • Do I need to submit a financial ability statement (international applicants only)? You do not need to submit this form until you are offered admission.

UW Funding/Employment Resources

For students without department funding, we encourage you to see what the UW offers in terms of employment opportunities and funding resources. Important: Be sure to get started early on looking for funding, ideally before you apply to graduate programs. Application deadlines for funding are often early, and searching after being admitted will limit opportunities.

  • Paying for Graduate School: Attending graduate school is a significant investment of time and money. Fortunately, there are ways to lessen the financial burden. See this page for several types of financial assistance are available to graduate students.
  • Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS): UW Libraries offers GFIS specifically for current and admitted graduate students looking for funding. Visit the website to learn about drop-in hours, or start today by using the GFIS online guide.
  • Graduate School Fellowship List: Compilation of popular funding opportunities. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and we encourage you to conduct a broader search based on your field and research interests.
  • Diversity Fellowships: The UW is committed to supporting underrepresented minority students throughout every aspect of graduate education, including academic, financial, professional, and social support. The UW encourages the nomination of underrepresented minority graduate students who have achieved academic merit despite significant social, economic, and/or educational challenges (i.e., first generation or those whose educational training has not exposed them to a wide array of resources).  See also: Native American Scholarship List
  • School of Public Health Funding Information: Check in with the UW School of Public Health website where you will find opportunities for funding in the form of internships, RA/TA, volunteer and fellowships.
  • International Student Services (ISS): Provides information and resources for international students
  • UW Office of Student Financial Aid: Awards and coordinates the major financial aid loan programs for students and need-based institutional grant programs
  • UW Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards: Provides information on obtaining fellowships, assistantships, and awards