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ERIC Number: EJ825786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec-5
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Graduate Students' Pay and Benefits Vary Widely, Survey Shows
June, Audrey Williams
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n15 pA1 Dec 2008
Graduate students face an array of choices when evaluating compensation-and-benefits packages that make comparisons difficult. A "Chronicle" survey shows that the offers to teaching assistants and research assistants vary widely. Some institutions cover 100 percent of graduate students' tuition, while others waive only a portion. It is possible to get health insurance paid in full but coverage for family members is harder to come by. Then there's location: when it comes to paying rent, buying food, and otherwise making ends meet, stipends do matter. Data collected by "The Chronicle," though not comprehensive, provide a snapshot of what graduate students are earning in six fields this academic year. Comparisons among stipends are difficult because every institution has its own way of handling a financial package. Still, it is safe to say that while graduate students are hardly living the high life, some of them (science students) are less poor than others (English, history, and sociology students).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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