Financial Aid

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers incoming PhD students full financial support—including tuition, health insurance fees, and basic living expenses—for a minimum of five years (typically the first four years of study and the completion year). This funding package includes a combination of tuition grants, stipends, traineeships, teaching fellowships, research assistantships, and other academic appointments.

Each student is provided a Notice of Financial Support at the time of admission and is assigned a financial aid officer, who administers this funding and is available to assist with financial concerns. Each spring, continuing students supported by GSAS-administered funding sources are required to activate their funding for the upcoming academic year using the GSAS Student Aid Portal, an online financial aid management system.

Our GSAS Financial Aid Officer for Psychology is Rachel Clarey

The outline below is meant to serve as a general guide to Financial Aid for Psychology PhD students. Please refer directly to the Notice of Financial Support provided with your admissions letter, as funding can differ from student to student due to fellowships and other variations in funding.

Years 1 & 2

  • Tuition & health fees paid in full
  • Academic year stipend
  • Summer support 

Years 3 & 4

Year 5 

  • Tuition & health fees paid in full
  • Students may pursue teaching fellowships or research assistantships for compensation

Final Year - Dissertation Completion Fellowship (DCF)

  • Tuition & health fees paid in full
  • Academic year stipend


Students may not teach during the DCF year. NSF and other grants may restrict teaching or other paid work. Pay attention to award terms or check with the Fellowships Office prior to applying for positions.

GSAS Policies:
External Awards
Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Parental Accommodation and Financial Support (PAFS)

Financial Support FAQs