Funding & Support

Teaching assistantships, research assistantships, fellowships, and grants provide the most common forms of support for graduate students. The Director of Graduate Studies in your program can also help you find the resources available to support your graduate education.

Students who receive a multi-year funding package typically have a guaranteed base level of support tied to a 9-month, half-time Teaching Assistant (TA) appointment. The specific terms and conditions for your individual package are found in your letter of admission.

In 2015–2016, a TA appointment in CLA provided a minimum stipend of $15,366 ($19.70/hour), tuition benefits for up to 14 credits a semester, and 95% of the premium for health insurance coverage on the graduate assistant plan (the remaining 5% is deducted from a student’s paychecks).

In 2016-2017 the base stipend in CLA will be $17,500 (base hourly wage of $22.44).

Your collegiate fee is used to provide technology services and student services (such as commencement) for CLA graduate students.

Learn more about student costs, tuition, and fees at the University of Minnesota.

The CLA Grants Team provides this website as an informational resource for graduate students. Each semester, CLA grants also offers a workshop designed to assist graduate students with funding for dissertation funding and other major projects. The day and time of these workshops will be posted on this page as they are announced.

Additional Funding Opportunities