Department Financial Support

General Funding Guidelines

The following guidelines for the allocation of funds have been established (consult the Department Director of Student Affairs for possible changes):

  • Entering Students: The Department financial support includes fellowships ranging from $10-21K, readerships, full tuition and fees scholarships and full nonresident tuition scholarships (in the first year only, for U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are not CA residents and international graduate students) when admission decisions are made.
  • Second Year through Fifth Year: Full-time students (12 quarter units) making normal progress in the program are assured aid during the second through fifth years. The best package pays full tuition/fees, full nonresident tuition (international graduate students through the end of third year) and employment. The amount of aid depends upon the availability of funds, the number of eligible students and individual student group standing (see "rules for determining" below).
  • International Students: Nonresident tuition scholarships are available and based on academic progress (see "rules for determining" below). TAships are also contingent upon receiving satisfactory teaching evaluations and meeting English language proficiency certification.

General Departmental Information & Criteria for Awarding Financial Support

In spring quarter of each academic year, a student’s progress is evaluated by their Advisor. Below is the support criteria used in determining individual aid for the subsequent academic year through the end of the fifth year (normative time is five years).

Support Criteria

  • Student must have a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Group standing is based on performance in the program and is determined at the start of classes in fall quarter. For the remainder of the academic year group standing will only be adjusted based on qualifying events: passing Qualifying Exams or Advancement to Candidacy (Candidacy of Philosophy or CPHIL degree). In the fourth year, group standing is reviewed quarterly.
  • To continue to receive a Reader/Teaching Assistantship (TAship) a student must have performed satisfactorily, scoring at least a 3.0 or better on past TA evaluations (contact Department Graduate Program Staff with questions).
  • All graduate students must be enrolled in appropriate Ph.D. courses and registered in at least 12 quarter units each quarter.
  • The University support time limit stipulates a student can receive up to six years of university financial assistance including employment, and can TA for up to 18 quarters.
  • The Department guarantees at least partial funding to students in good standing through the end of the fifth year. Students who are not in good standing, or are beyond their fifth year, do not have a guarantee of funding. Contact the Department Director of Student Affairs for details.

Procedures for Allocating Financial Support Including Teaching Assistant (TA) Positions

The Department bases the allocation of funding including TAships on a student's group standing as classified by the Department's Graduate Committee. Students may be reclassified if they pass qualifying exams or pass the Candidacy of Philosophy (CPHIL) exam and CPHIL forms has been submitted to the Graduate Division prior to the 1st day of instruction in Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. Find out the current TA salary. Those in a higher group standing have priority over those in a lower group standing in the allocation of financial support. Students beyond fifth year do not have a guarantee of funding, and are responsible for tuition and fees. While future resources can never be guaranteed, our past practice has been to provide aid in the first through fifth years as follows:

  • Group A receive offers for a 50% Department TA appointment plus full quarterly tuition/fee, and full quarterly nonresident tuition scholarship (nonresident tuition for first year U.S. citizens & permanent residents; intenational graduate students through the end of third year).
  • Group B receives offers for at least a 37.5% Department TA appointment plus two-thirds (67%) of quarterly balance of tuition and fees and two-thirds (67%) of quarterly nonresident tuition (international graduate students through the end of third year).
  • Group C receives offers for at least a 25% Department TA appointment plus one-third (34%) of quarterly balance of tuition and fees and one-third (34%) of quarterly nonresident tuition (international graduate students through the end of third year).
  • Group D receives support if TA or Reader appointments are available, and are responsible for tuition and fees not covered by TA/Reader tuition/fee remission.
  • Other funding is provided based on availability of funds.

Summer Jobs: Department Research Fellowships (first through third years) and TA positions are available (each of the first five summers), contingent on department funding. Though positions are limited, in the past seven years, all applicants have obtained summer employment.

The rules for determining group standing are as follows

For purposes of the descriptions below, an nth year student is a student who will enter his/her nth year of graduate study at UCSD the following September.
All Graduate Students Must:


YEAR

GROUP

RULES

2nd
*
All three qualifying examinations must be passed by the end of the spring quarter of the student's second year in the program. No exceptions will be made to this policy.
A
Passed all 3 qualifying examinations (microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics) or passed 2 qualifying examinations and graded out of the 3rd examination*.
B
Passed 2 qualifying examinations or passed 1 qualifying examination and graded out of 1 examination*.
C
All remaining students*
3rd
**
Passing means earning a B+ in Econ 220DEF or receiving at least a B in each of the classes and having a 3.5 average overall in the three courses.
A
Passed Econ 220DEF**, all Qualifying Exams and passed four elective courses before the first day of instruction in Fall Quarter.
B
Passed Econ 220DEF**, all Qualifying exams and passed three elective courses before the first day of instruction in Fall Quarter.
C
Passed Econ 220DEF** and all Qualifying Exams.
4th
A
Advanced to candidacy before the first day of instruction in Fall Quarter.
B
Fulfilled all pre-candidacy requirements before the first day of instruction in Fall Quarter but not advanced to candidacy.
C
All remaining students who have not advanced to candidacy before the first day of instruction in Winter Quarter.
5th
A
Advanced to candidacy by the end of fourth year.
B
N/A
C
Fulfilled all pre-candidacy requirements but not advanced to candidacy by the end of fourth year.

Note: Students who do not meet the above requirements or are beyond fifth year will be classified as Group D.

Other General Funding Guidelines

The following guidelines for the allocation of funds have been established (consult the Department Director of Student Affairs for possible changes):

  • Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) and Teaching Assistant (TA) Responsibilities: The work required for TAs and GSRs vary with each assignment. No student is allowed to work more than an average of 20 hours per week during the regular academic year (October 1-June 30). TA's are expected to take their responsibilities seriously. Poor teaching evaluation ratings will jeopardize future Department TA/Reader assignments and possible loss of overall financial aid.
  • Outside Jobs: Fellowship holders are generally prohibited from holding outside jobs. Although the Department does not prohibit outside jobs for GSRs and TAs, their assistantships may be withdrawn if their performance as teaching or research assistants is compromised.
  • Course Load: The University requires international students and recipients of most types of aid to carry a full course load, defined as 12 or more quarter units.
  • Language Assistantships: International students whose native language is French, German or Spanish may consider applying for language TAships. These positions are offered by the Department of History and Department of Linguistics.
  • Student Loans: A limited number of loans are available to U.S. Citizens and Permanent U.S. Residents. This type of financial aid is administered by the University’s Financial Aid Office.
  • Summer Jobs: Department Summer Research Fellowships (for first through third years) and TA positions are available (each of the first five summers), contingent on department funding. Though positions are limited, in the past seven years, all applicants have obtained summer employment.