Most graduate students are supported financially by sources connected with the department.  Nearly all research and teaching assistantships, as well as university fellowships, include tuition waivers and benefits.  Stipends for graduate assistantships and fellowships range from $16,300 to $17,200. Very competitive students who receive fellowships through the graduate school or through the department are also offered one-half of a graduate assistantship for a total stipend ranging from $22,000 to $23,000.