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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. For the 2014-2015 academic year the 9-month stipend is $13,378.50 for students who had not yet earned their master’s degree, and $14,197.50 for post-master’s students.  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 15 credits 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).

For the 2014-2015 academic year, in-state tuition is $11,768 for residents, and $25,200 for nonresidents. Both in-state and out-of-state tuition waivers are routinely awarded to incoming students. The expectation is that application for residency in the State of Washington will be made at the end of the first year.

Although the university covers most of the cost of tuition, a small residual amount must be paid by the student. The out-of-pocket expense for the 2014-2015 academic year is $1,183 per semester. This amount does not include books and school supplies. There are also opportunities for summer funding.

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.