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Costs & Financing

The department of Human Centered Design strives to fund all of its PhD students through Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Research Assistantships (RAs). Students enrolled in full-time study (10 credits/quarter) are eligible for funding. Benefits for TAs and RAs include a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. HCDE students are guaranteed 12 quarters of funding (excluding summers), but often are funded by the department throughout their entire program. For information on UW benefits, consult the UW Graduate School’s Fellowships, Assistantships and Awards site. 

International students should familiarize themselves with the Graduate School’s English requirements and teaching policies. HCDE PhD graduate students who are not native speakers of English must meet the criteria in Memo 15: Conditions of Appointment for TAs who are not Native Speakers of English to receive an employment offer as a TA. Memo 15 includes additional requirements beyond English language proficiency for admission to the HCDE PhD degree.

Additional Resources

Also investigate the following for financial assistance: