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Students making good academic progress and fulfilling their teaching obligations can count on support in the form of teaching assistantships (TAs), fellowships, and Research Assistantships. MA and MS students will be supported for up to two years. PhD students will be supported for up to five years, or in some cases six years, including any time supported as a Master's student.

Salaries for TAs, RAs, and fellowships are currently in the range of $19,278 to $20,135 for the academic year. (Your pay increases as you pass certain milestones like the qualifying exams and the comprehensive exam.) There is also the possibility of support in summer months through summer teaching, research positions, and internships.

TAs, RAs, and fellowships include a full waiver of tuition (both in-state and out-of-state) as well as individual health insurance through Campus Health Services. Students are responsible for paying the remaining miscellaneous fees.

In recognition of the demands on parents of newborns or newly adopted children, continuing Graduate Assistants anticipating the arrival of a new baby or child may apply for a paid Graduate Assistant Parental Leave for up to six weeks of new parenthood in addition to Family Medical Leave.

When comparing assistantships and fellowships across universities, it is important to take into consideration the cost of living. Housing in Tucson is quite inexpensive compared to other popular locations.

Living in Tucson


The graduate student community in the mathematics department is a friendly bunch. You'll meet several graduate students during the Integration Workshop before classes begin. In the core classes you'll have the opportunity to meet weekly with an experienced graduate student “Super TA” to go over problems and questions. We also run a weekly Graduate Student Colloquium to share ideas and practice speaking. A less formal weekly meeting is the graduate student tea.

Graduate Students are involved in administration. The Mathematics Department Graduate Committee includes a graduate representative elected by the graduate students. At the university level there is a Graduate and Professional Student Council.

Of course one must also take time for fun and games. There are several department intramural sports teams. Most recently softball and flag football have been popular.

To be put in touch with a current graduate student, please contact the graduate student representative.


One of the joys of living in Tucson is the wide variety of affordable housing. This is one aspect of the low cost of living here. There are many charming homes for rent near campus. Often owners will simply post a For Rent sign rather than listing the property in the Classifieds. A day or two driving around can yield wonderful results. Of course, that's not an option if you're arranging housing prior to arriving in Tucson. There are some newspaper links at the bottom of the page and here are some online housing resources to start with:

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