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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Financial Support

Typically, a graduate student admitted to our graduate programs with an offer of support will receive a half-time (20 hrs/week), 9-month (academic) assistantship appointment beginning in August 16 and ending in May of each academic year. Financial support can also be provided in the form of fellowships or grant-supported research assistantships.

Assistantship appointments also include tuition waivers. To be eligible for a waiver, graduate students MUST BE: living in the State of Washington, enrolled for a minimum of 10 credit hours per semester, on an appointment of 50 percent or greater, make satisfactory progress within the program, fulfill the duties of their assistantship adequately, and remain in good standing academically (3.0 cumulative GPA).

Current tuition costs can be found here: Tuition & Expenses | Student Financial Services | Washington State University ( The expectation is that application for residency in the State of Washington will be made at the end of the first year.

Tuition and Waiver information can be found here:

Finally, graduate student medical insurance is included as a benefit paid by the university. Supplemental student insurance is available for family members at a reasonable rate through the university.

  • For 2023-2024 students working towards a Master’s Degree will receive a salary of $15,948.00 ($1,772.00/month for nine months-Step 32).
  • For 2023-2024 students who have completed an approved Master’s Degree will receive a salary of $16,929 ($1881.00/month for nine months-Step 38).
  • 2023-2024 Health Insurance provided: Estimated at $2,524.00 (available for 0.50 FTE appointments only)
  • 2023-2024 Resident Tuition Waiver: Estimated at $11,997.00 ($5,998.50 per semester)
  • 2023-2024 Non-Resident Tuition Waiver: Estimated at $14,797.00 ($7,398.50 per semester)