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Financial Aid for Graduate Students in Physics & Astronomy

Virtually all students in the Department of Physics & Astronomy are supported financially, usually via a teaching assistantship (TA) during their first one or two years and a research assistantship (RA) thereafter.

There are no separate forms on which to apply for financial aid. On the online application system, under department funding, check all of the boxes that apply. However, if you are able to come without support, you may explain this in your Statement of Purpose. Students who do not receive Assistantships are liable for all tuition and fees.

Summary of Financial Info

More information is available here:

  • Ohio University Graduate College Financial Support Information
  • TA stipend for first year students is $24,504 for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Tuition Waiver with Assistantship covers all instructional fees.
  • All graduate students are responsible for semester fees as follows: general fee of $628, technology fee of $97 and student info and network fee of $33.
  • International students pay a one-time orientation fee of $150 upon arrival.
  • Students not otherwise covered by health insurance must pay an annual premium for student health insurance. For academic year 2020-21, the cost will be approximately $2,820. This can be paid through payroll deduction.

Important Information for International Students

Teaching Assistantships require adequate communication skills in the English language. It is Ohio University policy that students from countries where the first language is not English must demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to be awarded an appointment. The University will administer a SPEAK test when students arrive on campus in order to verify each student's proficiency in the English language. Please review this policy on the Graduate College.