Financial Support

Acceptance of financial offers

A national agreement among universities allows applicants until April 15 to formally accept or decline offers of support. Any financial offer stands until that date. Also, no institution can require an applicant to finalize his or her decision prior to April 15. Thus, confirmation of the status of pending offers on April 15 often affords the opportunity to extend financial support to additional applicants. However, departmental resources are rarely sufficient to support all applicants admitted to graduate degree programs.

Most departmental financial support is committed during recruitment efforts in the spring, although AI positions do occasionally become available at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters, typically when students supported as AIs transfer to RA support.

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