We want to guide you toward the resources you need to complete your degree. We offer a variety of funding opportunities in the form of departmental support and assistantships, as well as scholarships and fellowships.

Graduate Tuition Rates

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Graduate Assistantships

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Grainger Engineering Five-Year Ph.D. Funding Guarantee

Grainger Engineering Ph.D. students in their first five years of enrollment are guaranteed a funded appointment for fall and spring that includes a full tuition waiver, a partial fee waiver, and a stipend. Students are also eligible for summer support. Students must remain in Good Academic Standing and successfully perform the duties of their assistantships.

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Major Grainger Engineering Fellowships

Carver Fellowship

The Carver Fellowship is for incoming doctoral students who have exhibited exceptional potential for academic success. It is a one-year, $34,000 fellowship (fall, spring, and summer terms) that includes a tuition waiver.

SURGE Fellowship

The SURGE Fellowship is for incoming doctoral students who have exhibited exceptional potential for academic success and come from groups that have been historically underrepresented in engineering research. It is a five-year fellowship that includes tuition waivers, a $41,000 stipend, and four years of guaranteed assistantships.

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Graduate funding:
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Grainger Engineering graduate students talk about the funding and other support they have received for their teaching and research, and the low cost of living they enjoy in the Champaign-Urbana community

Comparing costs

This is where we fall on the Cost of Living Comparison Among Top 25 Engineering Graduate Schools. For a more detailed cost of living comparison, see the Cost of Living Comparison calculator.

University Location Cost of Living Index

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

87%

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

88%

University of Illinois

Urbana, IL

93%

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX

94%

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

96%

Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

97%

 

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

98%

 

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

102%

 

University of Texas

Austin, TX

107%

 

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

111%

 

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

113%

 

University of Wisconsin

Madison, WI

116%

 

University of Maryland

College Park, MD

119%

 

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

128%

 
Princeton University

Princeton, N.J.

162%

University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

164%

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

164%

Columbia University

New York, NY

168%

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

183%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

183%

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

194%

University of California-Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

231%

University of California-Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

247%

University of California-San Diego

La Jolla, CA

372%

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

445%