Financial Aid

There are several types of financial aid awarded by the department and the University on the basis of merit. According to regulations of the United States IRS, all awards are taxable.

Financial aid is typically offered to graduate students for five academic years. The Graduate Committee decides whether to renew a student's support based upon his/her progress from year to year. For a first year student, progress will be determined from course grades and reports solicited by the Graduate Committee; for this purpose, a GPA of 3.0 or lower is not considered adequate preparation for further study. Students are expected to pass the Preliminary Examination by September of the second year and the Qualifying Examination by the end of the first quarter of the third year.

Financial aid from Northwestern consists of a mixture of fellowships and graduate (teaching) assistantships. A student with a non-English speaking background may be required to demonstrate fluency in spoken English before he or she can hold a graduate assistantship. Failure to do so may result in academic probation, loss of funding, and even exclusion from the program. See Graduate Assistantship for the precise requirements.

It is a policy of the Graduate School that teaching assistants and University Fellows may not undertake other employment without the prior permission of the Graduate School. This includes any stipend or fellowship at another institution.

Residency during Fellowship Quarters. The department is required to certify that all graduate students on any fellowship are working full-time on mathematics research; therefore, we normally expect fellowship students to be in residence. Exceptions are possible for extraordinary research opportunities. Such exceptions require explicit permission of the student's advisor and the departmental graduate committee.