Financial Support Information for Mathematics Graduate Students

Mathematics PhD applicants are automatically considered for financial support upon review of their application to our graduate program.  If you are admitted to our PhD program, you will be admitted with a promise of some sort of financial support.  Additionally, a select few of our Actuarial Master's admits receive a financial support offer.

Please note that there is no application process for any of our support opportunities. 

THREE TYPES OF SUPPORT:

  • Teaching Assistant - Appointed by the Mathematics Department to provide classroom assistance to a faculty member assigned to a Math course.
  • Graduate Research Assistant - Selected by individual faculty who have their own grants to provide research assistance to that faculty member.
  • Fellowship - Recipients of Mathematics Department, Graduate School, and Provost's Graduate Excellence fellowships are chosen by committee.

Please see below for detailed information regarding each type of support.

 

Teaching Assistant (TA)

The Graduate Adviser and TA/AI Coordinator will assign TA jobs and notify you of those assignments as soon as possible.  Please note that there are many variables that we consider in determining job assignments, as well as many external factors which we cannot control.  As such, 1) you are not able to choose your job assignment, and 2) we are not able to notify you of your assignment details until - in the best-case scenario - a few weeks before the semester starts.

All Mathematics TA's are required to take our M 398T "Supervised Teaching in Mathematics" course.  This course must be taken no later than the first semester in which you are assigned as a TA, and the course is only offered in Fall.  So, if you are to be a TA in Fall or Spring, then you must take the course in your Fall semester.

If you are an international student, before you can work as a TA you must pass the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) assessment.  Please see the ITA page for details.

As a Teaching Assistant you will be appointed for 20 hours per week during the long semesters.  (During summer, TA's will be appointed 20 hours per week or 40 hours per week, depending upon which summer session you work.)  This is considered a full-time position, and as such, entitles you to receive certain benefits that UT faculty and staff receive.  For details on benefits, see the UT Human Resources page on Insurance and Benefits for Student Employees.

If you are an international student, you are required by the UT Board of Regents to have medical insurance.  For this reason, the International Office automatically enrolls international students in their insurance plan upon registration and the fee is added to your tuition bill.  However, as a TA you receive the UT employee insurance, and therefore aren't required to carry the International Office insurance.  You may request a waiver of their insurance by visiting their insurance waiver website.

The duration of your TA appointment will be as follows:

Fall appointment > September 1 through January 15*

Spring appointment > January 16 through May 31*

* IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING APPOINTMENT DURATION:  The dates which you will work will NOT necessarily match the dates of your appointment.  For example, the first day of Fall classes may be August 24th, and the last day of Fall exams may be December 13th.  As you can see from this example, while you may be expected to start work before your appointment technically begins, you will continue to be paid for the appointment for several weeks after your responsibility has ended.

Your first paycheck for Fall will be received approximately October 1st (paydays are the first working day of each month.  For a list, see: Payroll, and expand the "Monthly" list.).  This will be for work performed September 1-30. 

Teaching Assistants receive two forms of tuition assistance.  The first is specific to those who are not Texas residents.  This benefit is called the Resident Tuition Entitlement, and it allows you to pay tuition at the in-state rate.  You must request this benefit via the tuition waiver website.  If you are a Texas resident, do not request this waiver.  You must request this for every semester that you are appointed as a TA.

The second benefit is Tuition Assistance.  Please read the tuition assistance page very carefully.

After the in-state tuition waiver and the tuition assistance amounts have been applied to your bill, the remaining balance is your responsibility to pay.  You can do this with a tuition loan, if you like, so that you can put off payment until you receive your first paycheck, but not miss the tuition payment deadline.  There is a link to tuition loan information on the left bar of your tuition bill page.

Please note that while UT provides a tuition payment deadline date, your TA appointment cannot be finalized until your tuition balance is zero.  It is to your benefit (if it's important for you to receive your first paycheck on time) to get your tuition bill to zero as soon as possible.  To help you with this, the department will work as hard as it can in determining what your assignment will be so that we can START the appointment process - the STARTING of which allows the tuition assistance benefit to already show on your bill.

 

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

Some of our faculty members have their own research grants which allow them to provide financial support to graduate students.  These faculty will decide which student(s) to support and will notify the student(s) and the Graduate Adviser and TA/AI Coordinator. 

As a GRA you will be appointed for 20 hours per week during the long semesters.  This is considered a full-time position, and as such, entitles you to receive certain benefits that UT faculty and staff receive.  For details on benefits, see the UT Human Resources page on Insurance and Benefits for Student Employees.

If you are an international student, you are required by the UT Board of Regents to have medical insurance.  For this reason, the International Office automatically enrolls international students in their insurance plan upon registration and the fee is added to your tuition bill.  However, as a GRA you receive the UT employee insurance, and therefore aren't required to carry the International Office insurance.  You may request a waiver of their insurance by visiting their insurance waiver website.

The duration of your GRA appointment will be as follows:

Fall appointment > September 1 through January 15*

Spring appointment > January 16 through May 31*

* IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING APPOINTMENT DURATION:  The dates which you will work will NOT necessarily match the dates of the semester to which you are appointed, however, your GRA responsibilities are for the semester - not the duration of the appointment.  For example, the first day of Fall classes may be August 24th, and the last day of Fall exams may be December 13th.  As you can see from this example, while your GRA responsibilities may start before your appointment technically begins, you will continue to be paid for several weeks after your responsibility has ended.

Your first paycheck for Fall will be received approximately October 1st (paydays are the first working day of each month.  For a list, see: Payroll, and expand the "Monthly" list.).  This will be for work performed September 1-30. 

Graduate Research Assistants receive two forms of tuition assistance.  The first is specific to those who are not Texas residents.  This benefit is called the Resident Tuition Entitlement, and it allows you to pay tuition at the in-state rate.  You must request this benefit via the tuition waiver website.  If you are a Texas resident, do not request this waiver.  You must request this for every semester that you are a GRA.

The second benefit is Tuition Assistance.  Please read the tuition assistance page very carefully.

After the in-state tuition waiver and the tuition assistance amounts have been applied to your bill, the remaining balance is your responsibility to pay.  You can do this with a tuition loan, if you like, so that you can put off payment until you receive your first paycheck, but not miss the tuition payment deadline.  There is a link to tuition loan information on the left bar of your tuition bill page.

Please note that while UT provides a tuition payment deadline date, your GRA appointment cannot be finalized until your tuition balance is zero.  It is to your benefit (if it's important for you to receive your first paycheck on time) to get your tuition bill to zero as soon as possible.  To help you with this, we encourage our faculty to make their GRA support decisions as early as possible so that we can START the appointment process - the STARTING of which allows the tuition assistance benefit to already show on your bill.

 

Fellowships

A committee determines, based on faculty supervisor nominations, the fellowship recipients.  If you receive a semester fellowship, you will be notified as soon as possible.  For the semester during which you are supported on fellowship, you will have no work (TA or GRA) responsibilities.

Typically, fellowship amounts are slightly higher than what your TA or GRA salary would be for a semester.  There are a few reasons for this:

1)  When you are on fellowship you do not receive employee benefits, so you won't have medical insurance.  Our hope is that the increased semester stipend will allow you to purchase insurance for yourself.  You may either purchase the UT student insurance, or you may search for your own individual insurance policy.

2)  Fellowship recipients only receive the Resident Tuition Entitlement.  They do NOT receive the tuition assistant benefit.  As such, your tuition bill responsibility will be increased.  Again, our hope is that the increased semester stipend will help toward this amount.

Some of our fellowships come from our departmental NSF Research and Training Grants.  If you receive one of these fellowships, it is possible that your full tuition bill may be covered. 

 

Provost's Graduate Excellence Fellowships

Exceptional incoming mathematics students accepted into our graduate program are candidates for the prestigious new Provost's Graduate Excellence Fellowship.

The University of Texas at Austin is working to identify talented and exemplary graduate students to receive five years of fellowship support. The goal is to help selected students excel in their vital role of advancing research, mentoring undergraduates, and fostering discovery alongside our top-tier faculty.

The graduate program is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of candidates of the highest promise these competitive multi-year fellowships. Students with outstanding academic records and those who have established a track record of success as researchers and innovators will be automatically considered for these elite awards.

Provost's Fellowship support includes an annual stipend of $30,000.* In addition, fellows receive up to $10,000 over five years in research and travel support, a waiver of tuition and fees, and University medical benefits. The total compensation package is valued at over $240,000 per recipient.

* For two of the five years, fellows receive these stipends as graduate support. The remaining three years tie stipends to work as a teaching assistant or a faculty member's graduate research assistant. Students are asked to teach four long semesters only, as this amount of time instructing others is considered optimal for our graduate students' professional development.