Financial Support and Expenses
Over 95% of the students in our program receive funding for their entire time in the program. A small number of our students choose to not work in assistantships due to ongoing family responsibilities or lack of financial need. The source of funding varies as students progress through the program. Students who are admitted to the program are usually assigned a graduate assistantship for their first two years in the program. The graduate assistantship includes teaching, advising, administrative and/or research responsibilities. Duties are assigned in accordance with students' interests, training, and experience. The amount of the graduate stipend for 2013-2014 will be a minimum of $12,000 for first year students. In addition to this support, students with graduate assistantships are exempt from tuition (both instate and out-of-state). Students from underrepresented groups may receive special assistantship funds.
Advanced students (third year and beyond) will ordinarily have part-time clerkship or other professional positions either on or off campus providing support in the range of $15,000 to $20,000, with full tuition scholarships (both instate and out-of state tuition is covered). Additional financial assistance is offered in the form of loans through the University Financial Aids Office.
Living expenses in St. Louis tend to be low relative to larger cities and the coasts. Rents for one bedroom apartments start at about $400 to $500 a month, and some apartment complexes are close to the campus. Graduate student housing is available on campus. For students with assistantships and clerkships, total fees (i.e., technology fees, activity fees, parking) per year are approximately $2500 in each of the first three years and may be between $1000 and $2500 in later years, depending upon residency status and course schedule.To see the cost of living in St. Louis compared to that of another city, go to www.homefair.com and select the Salary Calculator in the top left column.