Budgeting for a GA Using Sponsored Program Funds

Calculating the cost of a graduate assistantship for budgeting purposes involves multiple steps. Please see the table below, and use the Budgeting Worksheet for Sponsored Program-Funded Graduate Assistantships to calculate GA costs. The projected costs for future fiscal years have been included in the table for your convenience in budgeting for multi-year grants.

Note: The table below and budgeting worksheet may also be used by campus units to calculate the cost of extramurally funded departmental GAs.

If you have any questions, please call the Graduate College at 702-895-3970.

Estimated Costs of Graduate Assistantships


MASTER'S LEVEL Minimum Stipend SIIS (1.5%)* TOTAL
One Semester
4 Months/20 Hours per Week
$5,000 $75 $5,075
Academic Year
9 Months/20 Hours per Week
$10,000 $150 $10,150
Full Year
12 Months/20 Hours per Week
$13,334 $200 $13,534
DOCTORAL LEVEL Minimum Stipend SIIS (1.5%)* TOTAL
One Semester
4 Months/20 Hours per Week
$6,500 $98 $6,598
Academic Year
9 Months/20 Hours per Week
$13,000 $195 $13,195
Full Year
12 Months/20 Hours per Week
$17,334 $260 $17,594
DOCTORAL LEVEL: Advanaced to Candidacy Minimum Stipend SIIS (1.5%)* TOTAL
One Semester
4 Months/20 Hours per Week
$7,500 $113 $7,613
Academic Year
9 Months/20 Hours per Week
$15,000 $225 $15,225
Full Year
12 Months/20 Hours per Week
$20,000 $300 $20,300


  Actual Tuition
  2013–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016 2016–2017
Full Cost Per Credit¹ $264 $264 $264 $264
Domestic Students
Mandatory Fees Per Credit¹ $12 $12 $12 $12
Mandatory Fees Per Semester¹ $266 $266 $266 $266
International Students
Mandatory Fees Per Credit¹ $12 $12 $12 $12
Mandatory Fees Per Semester¹ $266 $266 $266 $266
International Student Fees Per Semester¹ $145 $145 $145 $145
Mandatory Health Insurance
Domestic & International Students $2,068 $2,068 $2,068 $2,068

*A one-time $35 fee is assessed to new graduate students and is not reflected above.
1-Projected tuition and fees are forecasts only; they are based on an 11% growth factor.